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Our Next McBig Night is June 15!

Bowling, Anyone?

Ten Pin Alley in Hilliard is our new partner! If you purchase a 2016 Summer Bowling Pass, it's good all summer! Click here for pass details and find out how puchasing a pass will bAnd please note that if you are a Big and you purchase a pass, it benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters even more! To purchase a pass online, please click here. If you are a Big purchasing a pass, please stop in at Ten Pin Alley and bring your card (don't purchse online). Wishing you lots of STRIKES!

Earth Jam 2016 is coming up on May 24! All revenue from this exciting fashion event benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters and Camp Oty'Okwa. For more information and to purchase your tickets, please click here.

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.

$550,000 - 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!

Special thanks to Quest Community Church...The Quest 5K Run and 1K Family Walk, hosted by Quest Community Church, was a big success on April 2. Thanks, Quest, for giving back to Big Brothers Big Sisters and WARM!

Covers & Cocktails! Thanks to IGS Energy, the 6100 Band and King Avenue 5 for a great event on April 29 benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio!

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!

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!

American Showa Rocks! Our friends at American Showa hosted their annual golf tournament benefiting the Delaware County Program of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. They've been supporting the agency consistently for 22 years! Thanks, American Showa!

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 Reporr. 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.

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.Mentoring for Children of Incarcerated Parents Learn more about our program to help children of incarcerated parents.



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!

VOLUNTEER. DONATE. ADVOCATE. Please join us and Start Something today!

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:

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Elizabeth Martinez

Elizabeth Martinez has succeeded Ed Cohn as President and Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, effective February 1. Ed will continue to serve on the agency's Board of Directors.

Elizabeth joined the agency in 2003, and has held progressively responsible positions since that time. Most recently, she was Chief Operating Officer, and prior to that, she served as Vice President of Programs.

Please join us in congratulating Elizabeth on her new position and thanking Ed for his amazing work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio!


One of Columbus' most exciting events is coming up on May 24, and it benefits the kids we serve! It's Aveda Institute Columbus' 2016 Earth Jam fashion event, complete with runway show, special effects, delicious food samples and drinks! All revenue from the show, including sponsors and ticket sales, will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio!

Look Good, Feel Good and Do Good! Join us for Earth Jam and celebrate the inspired creation of the Aveda Institute Columbus students and Nurtur Salon stylists with a fusion of music genres expressed on the runway through hair, makeup and fashion. Plus a live performance from Ohio-grown, rock and soul band The Floorwalkers! To get your tickets, click here.



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!

Check out the new NBC4 Today! #WakeUpToday with Matt, Katie, Bob and Jennifer.

Posted by NBC4 on Thursday, February 11, 2016



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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 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!

From left, Big Brother Steve Miller, Little Brother Raquan, Toni Bell, Napoleon Bell and Elizabeth Martinez



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.

Andrew Wehr (left) and Kion Camryn (left) and Marva Pack



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!




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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