Sunday, November 6, 2011
Little Brother Kenneth finds some stability in an otherwise chaotic life, thanks to Big Brother Francisco.
Little Brother Kenneth and his siblings have not had an easy childhood. They do not have a strong relationship with their father, who has been in jail much of their lives. As soon as he was released from prison several months ago, their mom was also arrested. With their mom incarcerated and their dad not present in their lives, Kenneth and his siblings now live with their grandmother. Big Brother Francisco has been a powerful and stable force in Kenneth’s life. Kenneth first came to Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2006 and he was introduced to Big Brother, Stephen. When Big Brother Stephen left St. Louis for medical school, Kenneth was introduced to Francisco. At the same time Kenneth met his Big Brother Francisco, he transferred to …
Sunday, October 30, 2011
At the agency’s signature event, donors get together to have fun for a cause.
For more than 27 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has gathered support for the agency through its signature fundraiser, Bowl for Kids’ Sake. Bowl for Kids' Sake has raised more than $5 million in the course of its 27-year history, making it the largest and most successful bowling fundraiser in the state of Missouri. One hundred percent of the funds raised remain in the Eastern Missouri region and are used to help Big Brothers Big Sisters surround children with trusting and enduring relationships. Big Brothers Big Sisters has always valued those who support the agency through their generous donations. BBBS supports a relationship model known as 4:1+1sm. This model engages the four most significant adults in a Little’s life—parent, teacher, …
Sunday, October 23, 2011
The organization is two-thirds of the way to their campaign goal.
Four months ago, Big Brothers Big Sisters launched the Be There Now! campaign with a lofty goal in mind—to identify and recruit 600 new volunteers in just six months. Now, with 402 new Bigs since the start of the campaign, they are just 198 away from reaching that goal. But, with more than 1,100 children waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister, there’s never been a better time than now to get involved. For the Littles, the impact of having a mentor is powerful. Independent studies conducted by Public/Private Ventures, a national research organization, demonstrate the power of these relationships. Compared to similar youth, Littles who were teamed up with a Big Brother or Big Sister were less likely to begin using drugs or alcohol and less …
Sunday, September 25, 2011
The full-service real estate company partners with the Rams to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri.
Upper End Properties, a full-service real-estate company based in Clayton, is excited to join forces with Mike Sims-Walker, St. Louis Ram's wide receiver, to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. With every touchdown reception by Sims-Walker during the 2011 season, Upper End will donate $1,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri. “I think Mike is going to have a big year for the Rams, so we felt that he was the perfect guy to do a promotion like this with,” said Cory Spielberg, operating partner of Upper End Properties. If recent history is any barometer, Spielberg’s prediction may prove to be true. The ex-Jacksonville Jaguar has had seven receiving touchdowns in each of the last two seasons. “We all love football anyway, but …
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Big Brother or Big Sister and professional program staff ensures the Little is surrounded by the people who care about them the most.
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- Kathy Martin
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri’s relationship model, known as 4:1+1, engages the most significant adults in a Little’s life—parent, teacher, Big Brother or Big Sister and professional program staff to ensure the Little is surrounded by the people who care about them the most. Each adult has an important relationship and a distinct role that offers Littles encouragement and support. This wouldn’t be possible without their “Sixth Membersm” on the team—the donor! We’ll Be There is the agency’s promise to Little Brothers and Little Sisters. Bigs in conjunction with the agency do not commit to “fix” challenges Littles encounter in life, but they do commit to “be there”—for encouragement and support. Big Brothers and Big Sisters …