A Brand-New Partner: The Ohio Machine!The Ohio Machine Foundation hosted its first Laughs For Lax fundraiser dinner on Tuesday, April 7 at La Scala Italian Bistro in Dublin. The night benefited the Ohio Machine Foundation and our agency's Littles! Thanks, Ohio Machine! The Ohio Machine is Ohio's own Major League Lacrosse team, and games are played at Ohio Wesleyan University's Selby Stadium in Delaware.
Taste of Class for Kids was lots of fun! On April 18, we held our 32nd Taste of Class for Kids, and presented our 4th annual "Our Littles Got BIG Talent" showcase to guests. WBNS-10TV's Kristyn Hartman emceed our black-tie gala, which was presented by Champion Real Estate, Nationwide and the Romanoff Group.
Bowl for Kids' Sake: It's Not Too Late to Support Your Favorite Bowler!The all-day Bowl for Kids' Sake party on March 7 was a big success! There's still time to support your favorite bowler in our largest fundraising event of the year...just visit here. Our Delaware County office Bowl for Kids' Sake was also on March 7 - to support a Delaware bowler, please click here.
Our Union County office's friends will bowl on April 18. For information and to register and fundraise in Union County, please click here.
The Mentoring Center of Central Ohio: To donate or learn more about our Mentoring Center of Central Ohio, please click here.
Hispanic Mentoring: Haga clic aqui para mas informacion en Espanol.
Adult Education at Camp Oty'Okwa: Did you know we partner with Ashland University to offer Adult Education courses at our Camp Oty'Okwa? Courses carry 15 contact hours or 1 semester hour of graduate credit. For course descriptions, schedule and registration forms, please click here.
View Our 2014 Annual Report: Click here for our 2014 Annual Report.
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WELCOME TO BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF CENTRAL OHIO!
Do you remember a special person who brought excitement to the everyday, broadened your horizons and put little moments of magic into your life? By becoming a volunteer mentor, you can do the same for a child, and you will both be forever changed by the experience! Children need adult friends to help them achieve success. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio has a rich history of helping children succeed. Since 1933, Big Brothers Big Sisters has made a difference in the lives of more than 100,000 Ohio kids!
We are a family of offices, aligned to serve kids in 14 Ohio counties. In 2014, we served more than 2,600 kids in one-to-one mentoring relationships plus more than 4,800 at our Camp Oty'Okwa in the Hocking Hills. Our headquarters is in Columbus, and that office serves Franklin County kids. To learn about our local offices, please click below.
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 SISTER KATIE BROSMER REPRESENTS STATE AS OHIO BIG SISTER OF THE YEAR!
CONNECTING WITH COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHTED US!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio was spotlighted on a WBNS-10TV Connecting With Community public service announcement sponsored by Huntington Bank! It was shot at our Project Mentor program at Columbus Preparatory School for Girls, and will be running on 10TV from February 22 - February 22. Thanks very much to Huntington, 10TV and Columbus Preparatory School for Girls!
CONGRATULATIONS TO CHAMPION REAL ESTATE!
A special congratulations to our friends and supporters at Champion Real Estate for being honored with the esteemed 2015 Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service, presented by Smart Business. The award was presented to Brian Yeager, President and CEO, and Michelle Yeager-Thornton, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, at a January 29 reception at The Ohio Statehouse.
10TV INTERVIEWS OUR MATCH
One of our mentoring matches, Big Brother Roger Madison and Little Brother Dyonmarte, were interviewed by 10TV as part of United Way of Central Ohio's Unite to Fight Poverty campaign! Click here to view the inspirational segment that ran on 10TV!
THIRD ANNUAL CLARK KELLOGG CLASSIC
The third annual Clark Kellogg Classic, presented by CareSource and McDonald's of Central Ohio, was held on December 6 at Ohio Dominican University. Local and state basketball powers met in this one-day classic to showcase their teams and give fans a chance to support worthy organizations. Three of Clark Kellogg's favorite charities -- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, and Central Ohio Fellowship of Christian Athletes were the beneficiaries!
OUR 2014 SPOTLIGHTED MATCHES STOLE THE SHOW!
At our Annual Meeting on November 6, our 2014 Spotlighted Matches told their inspiring stories. In case you were unable to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting, here is your chance to see our Spotlighted Matches in action!
And here is our Alumni Little Brother telling his story:
WE MADE THE FRONT PAGE
Kids need help to achieve success in their lives...they need YOU! The Columbus Dispatch ran a very inspiring story about two very inspiring matches on Saturday, June 21, and we hope it inspires many more people to volunteer to mentor a child! Click here to see the front-page story! To learn more about how YOU or your Company or organization can help, give us a call at 614-839-2447.
VOLUNTEER TO JOIN PROJECT MENTOR!
GROW! Become a mentor. Succeed together.
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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!
THE INSPIRING STORY OF A FORMER LITTLE BROTHER AND HIS BIG BROTHER(as seen on NBC4i)
Click here to view and download a pdf of the our webinar presentation designed to help volunteers better understand their Menee's family dynamics.
Click here to view and download a pdf of our new caregiver's guide, called Strengthening Bonds and Creating Connections. It includes answers to difficult questions children ask about their incarcerated loved one. Recently published by Big Brothers Big Sisters Amachi Ohio and The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, this booklet is very useful for Caregivers and Mentors of children whose parents are incarcerated.
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