This year, gifts to Big Brothers Big Sisters allowed us to:
- Match 120 additional children with adult mentors
- Provide 15 comprehensive mentor training
- Host 21 free events/activities for our matoring pairs
- Provide 764 hours of match support contact phone calls with our social work team
- Provide $28,000+ in scholarships to youths pursuing higher education
- Facilitate 10,000 + volunteer hours spent with children in our program
Your impact is BIG!
Today, across Rhode Island there are more than 130,000 children who could benefit from having a mentor. In order for us to match each of these children and make the biggest possible impact on our community, we need to recruit more Bigs Brothers and Big Sisters. Your gift will not only give us the power to recruit more Bigs, it will provide ongoing professional support to each pair, offer low/no-cost activities, host trainings and workshops for volunteers and parent/guardians, and much more. We cannot do these things without the generosity of people like you!
Our unique end-of-year giving program includes Donor Designation Categories. This means that your tax-deductible donation will go directly where you want it... scholarships, screening, relationship support, or activities. You decide!
Help us end 2019 in a BIG way!
Dr. Dorothy Pieniadz Scholarship Fund
Created by our founding mother in 2000, this Fund provides annual scholarships to Little Brothers/Sisters who are graduating high school and going on to pursue further education or training. To date, over $65,000 has been given directly to our Littles for scholarships.
Match Support/General Fund
The “matching” process is an intricate one. Once a “match” is made our social work team provides ongoing, consistent Match Support:
A system of monitoring mentoring-relationship milestones, supporting mentors, children and families with ongoing, professional advice, problem solving, and training opportunities focused on improving outcomes for youth. Match Support is a critical component of our program as our mentors are volunteers and need ongoing guidance and leadership from youth development professionals.
Big/Little Match Activities Fund
Our volunteers give their time to our community. It’s important that there is not a financial obligation associated with a volunteer’s mentoring experience. This Fund enables us to host no/low-cost outings and activities for our mentoring pairs such as financial literacy workshops, bowling, an annual holiday party, theatre tickets, sporting tickets, and more. Each activity serves to enhance the Big/Little relationship, provide an educational experience, and/or connect mentoring pairs with other pairs in the BBBSRI community.
Recruitment, Safety and Screening Fund
We must actively recruit volunteers by promoting our program around the State, through multiple marketing channels. With safety as a top priority, each volunteer mentor is fully screened and trained by our professional staff. Volunteer screening includes a three-tiered background check as well as an in-person interview, reference checks, a home assessment, and a full orientation.