Siloam Stronger Together

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas Siloam Springs has been hit hard by the economic crisis on the heels of the COVID-19 outbreak.  Last year, our annual Crawfish Boil raised $12,000 for youth mentoring in Siloam Springs.  This year’s event had to be canceled because of the pandemic.  But the need for mentoring services did not cease.  Because of the dedication of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff members and volunteer mentors, Littles still have access to their Big and we work tirelessly to connect our families to resources to keep them afloat during this time.

 

But now, we need help staying afloat.  We are expecting a 40% decrease in revenue this year due to COVID-19.   That is why we have launched our Siloam Stronger Together fundraiser with a goal of raising $15,000 to support youth mentoring in Siloam Springs. While our budget has been cut, the need for services has not and 35 children in Siloam Springs are waiting on a mentor to empower their fullest potential.

 

By donating $50, $100 or even $200 by July 30th we can raise the needed funds to continue our essential mentoring programs and provide ongoing support to vulnerable youth in our community.  Any person who donates $50 or more will receive a Siloam Stronger Together t-shirt designed by local company TC Screen Printing.

 

 

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ABOUT US:

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

Our Match of the Month is Big Family Jeff & Dan.  They have been matched with Ricky for 7 years! After so many years, Jeff says Ricky is family now.

 

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

Recruiting Defenders of Potential - A Blog for Impact NWA

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.

Podcast Launch in Honor of 25th Anniversary

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.

Podcast 2, History of Big Brothers Big Sisters NWA

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.

Podcast Episode 3: Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

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.

BBBSNWA Podcast 4 Dream BIG Part 1

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BBBSNWA Podcast Episode 5 Dream BIG Part 2

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.

BBBSNWA Podcast Episode 6

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.

BBBSNWA Podcast 7: From Big Brothers to Board Members

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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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas

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Please Give“Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference.” Kathy Calvin

In this unprecedented moment in history, our children need us now more than ever.

Many of you have asked, “How can I help?”, and for that we say thank you!

You may have read about the CARES Act that was signed into law amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act offers a generous new tax benefit to people like you to help support the mission of BBBSNWA. Here's what you need to know:

The CARES Act includes a new $300 'nonitemizer' tax deduction for 2020.
All eligible donations made in 2020 will go toward this deduction, up to $300 in total.
You are eligible for this deduction even if you do not itemize your taxes.
This means that when you donate to BBBSNWA, you will be eligible to receive a tax break of up to $300 in addition to the standard deduction.

We can't thank you enough for your support. 

Together, We Are Defenders of Potential