Donations to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area is be considered more than just a gift, rather it serves as an investment in our local youth. Your commitment could enable us to recruit, screen, train, pair, and support more matches than ever before! Monetary support is needed to sustain our mentoring programs and is crucial to fulfilling our mission by allowing our staff to carefully screen volunteers and match them in long-term, safe mentoring relationships. Our matches are made based on personal characteristics, the child's needs, and the geographic proximity to where the mentee lives and where the mentor lives and works. Once matched, the Agency serves as a liaison to both the volunteer and the mentee, offering resources, a listening ear, and fun activities to attend, ensuring the success of the match.
We will intentionally match volunteer mentors (Bigs) with a child (Littles) to concentrate on what the mentee needs to thrive. We ask that our volunteers commit to meeting with their Little four to six hours a month. Our agency also requires volunteer Bigs to commit to a minimum of one year in the program to establish trust their Little. This way, Littles experience some much needed stability in their lives, providing them with a dependable adult to listen and encourage them. Our Volunteers are encouraged to participate in free to low-cost activities that suit their Littles interests and schedule outings around needs of their Littles parent(s). Lastly, our Bigs receive instruction on how to handle confidential information, and uncomfortable situations, while protecting and fostering a relationship of mutual trust with their Littles.
Through receiving frequent, individualized attention, our Littles gain self-confidence, and they start to realize their potential. Over time, children realize that they're not only capable, but worthy of accomplishing anything! Most youth simply need an additional advocate in their corner to consistently show up and remind them that they, too, are worth it.
While the time Bigs and Littles spend together can be as simple as playing outside or helping with homework, our Bigs often seek opportunities to do a fun activity with their Little that the child wouldn't otherwise have the chance to do. Many of our children don't often get to attend sporting events, theater shows, or even go bowling, and these events are an incredible opportunity for the match to create new memories together. Our Bigs support our mission in funding most outings with their Little, however, in-kind donations with admission tickets would help to relieve the costs of these outings and allow the match to focus solely on building their relationship.
Additionally, our local agency can benefit from goods and services that will help our organization to increase efficiency and enable us to serve more youth in the community. Goods include, desktop computers, equipment and furniture, office supplies, printing services, web development, legal, accounting, and other professional services.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area Board is comprised of 14 key stakeholders from the community, led by Board Chairman Sean Filippini, of Downey Brand LLP and past Chairman Dale Waldschmitt of Pacific Coast Companies. The Board's role is to focus on ethical governance and ensure the fiduciary integrity, sustainability, and risk management of the organization. They also act as informed ambassadors to represent and protect the BBBS brand. Big Brothers Big Sisters' board members are advocates for our program and also serve as catalysts of resource development in both acquiring new donors and also donating both personally and through their company. With the increased need in our region for mentoring programs supporting our youth's ability to succeed and thrive, we are always looking for new ambassadors to help propel our Agency forward in this critical time where we have over 300 children waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister.