Amplify Austin is almost here! Your gift today can change a child’s life for the better, forever! Amplify Austin is a 24-hour day of community-wide online giving, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas is excited to be participating again this year! Funds raised through Amplify will allow us to create more life-changing mentoring relationships for children in Central Texas, like the one between Rain and her Big Sister Elissa.
Joyful. That’s the word used to describe the match between Big Brother Denver and his Little Brother Juan. What started as an encounter between an adult and a somber, shy child has become a joyful reunion every time the pair get together.
Corporate Matching Gifts: An Easy Way to Double Your Impact
Thinking about supporting the great work of Big Brothers Big
Sisters of Central Texas? Or are you already participating? If so, you may be
able to double your impact with one simple step – finding out if the company
you work for matches donations to nonprofits. Many do. It’s an easy way to
instantly double your contribution.
2017 was a
banner year for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas. As we head into
2018, our 47th year of service in the community, we have just
experienced an exceptional year of fundraising success, exposure, and support
for the agency, along with the honor of having won a number of important
awards. Most important, however is the growth we achieved in the number of children
served – a terrific 5% increase over the previous year, which amounts to almost 1,000 kids
and families served, about 300 new matches made, and approximately 60,000 hours
of volunteer service given by Bigs.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas provides, coordinates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships for almost 1,000 children each year. BBBS’ program team consists of 19 staff members who work with each child, family member and volunteer to make and monitor these match relationships on an ongoing basis. Managing this activity for BBBS is Joe Strychalski, the agency’s Vice President of Programs.
“An experienced and trusted adviser, someone who gives a younger or less experienced person help and advice over a period of time” – that is the dictionary definition of a mentor. But at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, our mentors, our Bigs, are that and so much more as they build deep friendships that change children’s lives for the better.
Over the past twelve months we’ve shared stories of some of the matches your support has made possible. As 2017 comes to a close, we followed up with one of these matches to learn more about their year. They have experienced some exciting changes.