About the Event
With COVID-19 at the center of everyone’s lives, Big Brothers Big Sisters is suddenly on the frontlines of the mental health crisis our Littles and their families are facing. Our Bigs are helping their Littles cope with and navigate a frightening and uncertain time. With isolation from friends, peers, and extended family, Bigs serve as a critical trusted adult.
Studies have shown that by increasing the amount of social interaction, support, and contact they receive, children experiencing social isolation avoid the potential harm of mental health-related issues and loneliness. For many Littles, their Big is the only trusted adult in their life and they need this interaction to help them get through this confusing and frightening period.
‘The BIG Walk’ invites supporters to simultaneously walk in solidarity on Sunday, June 28th at 5 PM, wherever they are, to highlight the mental health impact of this pandemic as well as the power a Big can have in reshaping a Little’s experience for the better.
Participation is free, but donations are deeply appreciated during this time!
Buy a Puzzle, Give a Puzzle
Across Big Brothers Big Sisters there are over 150,000 Littles who are in an active match with a mentor. Matches that are still connected through phone calls, text messages, and video chats today.
In an effort to send some joy at this time, BBBS has collaborated with acclaimed artist Jeff Rogers to design and produce a custom 200 piece “Together” puzzle to send to each one of our Littles.
Please join us today in defending the potential of our Littles by purchasing a puzzle! And for every puzzle you purchase, BBBS will send one to a Little and their family for free!
Dear Valued Community,
The safety and well-being of our youth, families, staff and community partners is always number one for us, and we are all in this together as we adjust and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. After consulting with our National Office, sister affiliates and government recommendations, we’ve made a number of program and fundraising changes. Please read below for the most up to date information on the status of BBBS NWA programming and events.
As you know, our organization operates fully on community and corporate support in Northwest Arkansas, and due to COVID-19, we expect to go the first 6 months of the year without any major event revenue. Your generous support is what allows our staff to keep our programs going throughout the year and ensure no disruptions to our mission of providing 1:1 positive mentors for children. Please consider making a donation to BBBS for this quarter while we work to navigate these uncertain times.
Thank you for your continued support towards our vision of helping youth in our community achieve their full potential through the power of mentoring. We need your help now more than ever.
Text MENTORNWA to 44321 or visit https://www.firstgiving.com/Npo/36951/Donation?designId=37074 to donate.
Volunteer and parent/child interviews will be completed remotely until further notice. We will communicate these changes to you on an individual basis once we have received your inquiry.
Community Based Matches
We ask that our CB Matches not meet until the guidelines around social distancing are lifted. We encourage Bigs to reach out to your Little during this two-week time via Facetime, email, text or social media (with approval from their parent/guardian). Your Little needs you now more than ever.
Dream B.I.G. Program at JO Kelly
This program is on hold until further notice. We are in communication with the school administrators at JO Kelly as well as the U of A Volunteer Action Center and Dream B.I.G. board to determine best practices for keeping these Matches in contact over the next few months until the end of the semester. Your Match Support Manager will contact you to discuss alternative ways to stay connected and will notify you of any changes to this program. We encourage you to participate in the program in the fall.
PAL Program at Jones Elementary
This program has been suspended for the rest of the semester. BBBS staff and the PAL team is working on developing creative ways for Matches to stay in touch and exploring these ideas with school administrators. Your match Support Manager will be in contact to update you of any program changes and if possible, to help facilitate communication between Bigs and Littles. We plan to resume this program in the fall.
Site Based Programs at Leverett Elementary, Washington Elementary, Owl Creek, Siloam Springs Intermediate, and Siloam Springs Southside Elementary
Due to school closures, this programming is on hold until further notice. We ask that these Matches not meet in person at this time. Your Match Support Manager will be in contact with you and your Little’s families to discuss alternative ways to stay connected and will notify you when the program resumes.
Big Business Brunch # 1
Out of abundance of caution, we have decided to postpone our Big Business Brunch with Jack Pestello on April 15. We are working with Jack to schedule a new date and will inform you as soon as we have confirmed a new date. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and want you to know how much we appreciate your ongoing commitment to our mission and the people in this community we serve.
Kendra Scott Gives Back
The safety of the people we serve, our vendors, supporters and participants continue to be our number one priority. At this time, all Big Brothers Big Sisters events (including our Kendra Scott Give Back Night scheduled for April 7, 2020) will be postponed to a later date as we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and evaluate the safety risk.
Our goal remains to ignite the power and promise of the youth we serve we are all so grateful for your support. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Brooke Allen, Director of Development, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MISSION: Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
VISION: All youth achieve their full potential.
MATCH OF THE MONTH
For the first time ever, we made a virtual match. Big Sister Alex and Little Sister Lillian met via Zoom. They next week they met up on Zoom again for an 80’s make-up photo shoot.
TOGETHER, WE ARE DEFENDERS OF POTENTIAL
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas provides both children and mentors the essential tools to develop lifelong, purposeful relationships.
In The Headlines
Doing Good: Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWA helps matches stay in touch during pandemic
KNWA Chad Mira reports on how BBBS is helping kids continue to build strong relationships with mentors despite social distancing. Watch Story
The local blog, Impact NWA recently reached out to Big Brothers Big Sisters and asked to write a guest blog post about the urgent need for volunteers in the NWA. We are so thankful for their support and help in getting our message out to potential volunteers.
In October 2019, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America released a new PSA aimed at recruiting volunteers. With nearly 30,000 kids across the nation waiting on a mentor, now is the time to volunteer. In Northwest Arkansas, those numbers vary month to month but there are currently 60 children waiting on their mentor.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. As part of our celebration we wanted to take a look back at how far we’ve come, where we are now, and our vision for the future of mentoring in the NWA.
We’ve launched a Podcast to do just that! We will release 25 episodes over the next year and we’d love for you to listen in on our journey.
With Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas entering its 25th year, we take a look back to the early days of BBBSNWA and the people vital to make it a success.
On a cold and rainy January evening, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas held its inaugural volunteer appreciation dinner for our Siloam Springs Bigs. We think it’s important to thank our volunteers, who are the backbone of this organization but also to take time to break bread together and listen to them as they share their mentoring journey with us.
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This is part 2 of our Dream BIG episode – a look at a unique mentoring program that is all about empowering girls. Hear from the Bigs and Littles about how the program has impacted their lives.
With more than two dozen kids waiting on a mentor in Siloam Springs, we sit down at the Pour Jons coffee shop with Big Brother Isaac. He’s the longest-lasting match in the community and gives us insight on how he and his Little have built a lasting friendship for the years. From John Wayne to Battleship, check Isaac’s keys to success.
Three current board members talk about what Big Brothers Big Sisters means to them, from being Bigs to serving on the Board as well as what the future of the organization looks like. Get involved with BBBSNWA at www.bbbsnwa.org
BBBSNWA Podcast Episode 8: The Research of Mentoring
In Episode 8 we sit down with Dr. Tim Cavell, a Big Brother, and researcher who has spent decades working with children and seeing the effects of mentoring in a child’s life.
BBBSNWA Podcast Episode 9: The Coronavirus Effect
How the Coronavirus Pandemic has affected Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas from our Bigs and Littles to the way we operate and the impact it’s had on the bottom line.
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