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We Love Our Donors! We deeply appreciate the generous support of individuals, corporations and foundations who help us do our work in central Ohio! Please click here for a full list of our donors.

Hot Off The Press: Our 2016 Annual Report Click here to view our 2016 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.

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!

Thanks, Mendoza Company!Thanks to the Mendoza Company's McDonald's restaurants for holding a McBig Nights benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio!

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 2016 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.

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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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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.



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 is continuing 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!



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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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