Media on Deadline? Please call or text Mary Palkowski at (312) 969-4852.
Recruiting Volunteers! There are lots of kids waiting -- not so patiently -- to be matched with a Mentor. By investing only a few hours a week, you can make the difference in the life of a child. For more information, please call or office at 614-839-2247 (BIGS) or click here to email us! What a great way to start off the new year!
Delaware Bowl for Kids' Sake--We are excited to announce that the 2016 Delaware County Bowl for Kids' Sake event is scheduled on November 6, 1-4 pm at Delaware Lanes! This is a big thank-you party for everyone who fundraises ahead of time.You can START NOW -- to form a team, join a team or support a team, click here.We ask each participant to raise at least $50, then come on out and enjoy bowling on November 6. The funds raised stay in Delaware County to help Delaware County kids succeed.
Glow-in-the-Dark Golf! Sound fun? Join us on Sept. 14, 3-8 pm at Glow Putt Mini Golf, 161 Granville St., Gahanna. A portion of every adult and child admission will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Please print out this flyer and show it when you purchase your games in order to get the donation.
McBig Nights! Thanks to the Mendoza Company's McDonald's restaurants for holding a McBig Night on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. From 5-7 pm, 10% of proceeds will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Participating restaurants are: 2520 S. Hamilton Rd., 4250 International Gateway, 2441 Lockbourne Rd., 1020 Alum Creek Dr., 3550 E. Broad St., 3005 E. Livingston Ave., 3095 N. High St., and 2091 E. Dublin Granville Rd.
Thanks Vaud-Villities! Our friends at Vaud-Villities donated a portion of the proceeds of their Summer Stages production "With a Little Help For My Friends" to help us make more mentoring matches!
2016 A Taste of Class for Kids... was lots of fun! it was our 33rd annual black-tie gala benefiting the kids we serve. Presenting sponsors were Champion Companies and Nationwide Insurance. Thanks everyone! Hope to see you next year.
Best Year Ever! 2016 Bowl for Kids' Sake was a HUGE success, thanks to thousands of people who participated as bowlers, donors and volunteers! It's not too late to support your favorite bowler or team. Just visit here to donate!
Thanks to Columbus Underground! Best Bites: Brunch was lots of fun and we appreciate your invitation to be part of it as the charity beneficiary!
Hispanic Mentoring: Haga clic aqui para mas informacion en Espanol. We are recruiting bilingual volunteers to mentor children from Spanish-speaking families. Please contact Kathy Leon at 614-839-2447, ext. 216 to volunteer!
Thanks to Microsoft, Big Brothers Big Sisters and our Mentoring Center of Central Ohio were awarded a much needed $200,000 technology software upgrade grant at the Grand Opening of the Microsoft at Easton Center store on August 20! Microsoft jumped into central Ohio by awarding nearly $1 million in software grants to help nonprofits that are integral to our community, so let's show our support!
The Mentoring Center of Central Ohio: Our Mentoring Center partners with 35 different mentoring organizations to increase the quality and quantity of mentoring in Ohio. To donate or learn more, please click here. Like us on Facebook!
View Our Financials: Click here to view our 2015 Annual Report. Click here for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio's IRS Form 990 or click here for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Springfield's IRS Form 990.
WELCOME TO BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF CENTRAL OHIO!
Kids facing adversity in their lives need the motivation to take on new challenges, the resilience to turn adversity into strength, and the grit to persevere. Without these character strengths as a foundation, they may not attain graduation and post-secondary career and academic success. By partnering with parents/caregivers, schools, businesses and community organizations, and, of course, volunteers from our community, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio helps kids facing adversity in our community achieve success. And since 1933, we have made the difference in the lives of over 100,000 kids!
Our network of offices serves kids in 14 Ohio counties! Our main office is in Columbus, and last year we served more than 7,400 kids in one-to-one mentoring relationships and at our Camp Oty'Okwa in the Hocking Hills. To learn about the local offices in our network, please click below:
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATES!
On June 1, we celebrated the success of our 2016 graduating seniors. Our Graduation Celebration, which was held at Otterbein University, brought together students, their mentors and family members. Our Emcee was NBC4i Anchor Matt Barnes, who is also a Big Brother! Amazing inspiration and words of advice were provided by keynote speaker Javier Sanchez, founder of R.E.A.C.H. Communications and internationally known youth motivational speaker, and Elizabeth Martinez, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio President and CEO. We congratulate our graduates and look forward to seeing what they achieve in the next phase of their life.
INTRODUCING OUR CEO
OUR KIDS SPOTLIGHTED IN NBC4 PROMO
Matt Barnes and Katie Ferrell of NBC4 are both big-time supporters of Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring, so they wanted to have some Big Brothers Big Sisters kids in the new promo for NBC4 Today. Take a look!
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One of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio's important programs is called Amachi Ohio, and through it, we serve some of our most vulnerable kids, those who have an incarcerated parent. We are seeking volunteers to match with our Amachi kids. If you would like to volunteer, or you know a child who could benefit, please contact us at (614) 839-2447.
A mentor can make a big difference in a child's life. Meet our amazing Alumni Little Sister, Kanisha, who participated in our program along with her Big Sister Jacci Maxstead.
BIG AND LITTLE SHARE THEIR STORY ON COMMUNITY TAPESTRY
Big Brother Steve Miller and his Little Brother Raquan recently shared the story of their match with Napoleon and Toni Bell, hosts of Community Tapestry, a television show carried on the CTV Columbus Government Television network. Steve and Raquan were interviewed along with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio President and CEO, Elizabeth Martinez. Click here to watch the program!
2015 SPOTLIGHTED MATCHES
Meet our two 2015 Spotlighted Matches, who inspired the crowd at our 2015 Annual Meeting. Little Brother Kion has been matched with Big Brother Andrew Wehr since he was in 4th grade, and Little Sister Camryn has been matched with Big Sister Marva Pack since she was in 2nd grade! Both Littles are doing well in school and on track to a successful future.
UNITED WAY VIDEO FEATURES LITTLE BROTHER
United Way of Central Ohio's inspiring new campaign video features our Little Brother Tiwuan and his Big Brother Andrei Terpylak. Take a look at the video that shows how your support of United Way of Central Ohio and its member agencies like us transforms lives!
THINK SUMMER - THINK CAMP OTY'OKWA
Please take 4 minutes to view this inspiring video of kids at our Camp Oty'Okwa and learn how you can help make these life-changing experiences available for more kids!
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