In the News!
The BIG Walk Made a BIG Impact
May 7th, 2016
by Sha Buchanan, AmeriCorp VISTA
Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama kicked off its second annual fundraising event, The BIG Walk on Saturday morning, May 7th at 9 a.m. at the Bluegill restaurant. Roughly, it had been a two-month fundraising period, which gave all of the mentors time to raise as much as possible before the day of the event. The CEO of BBBSSA, Aimee Risser, announced the successes of the event at the end of the day. Overall, over $71,000 was raised in funds, which is $20,000 more than what was raised for the inaugural event, last year. Of that $71,000 corporate Bigs alone raised $54,000. The BIG Walk is a fundraising event that benefits all the matches currently in our mentoring program and aids in supporting the 166 new minority boys that we strive to serve this year as well. Without the help of others, Big Brothers Big Sisters and its mentoring program would not be as successful as it is today. The organization would not be able to help and change as many young children's lives without the support of others. Thank you to each and everyone who participated in The BIG Walk!
April 8, 2016 - Engage the Next Generation at the LODA Art Walk By Sha Buchanan, AmeriCorp VISTA
On Friday, April 8th, in downtown Mobile, Big Brothers Big Sisters had the opportunity to inspire locals to become a part of something BIG, during the annual LODA Art Walk sponsored by Engage the Next Generation. While being accompanied by over 20 other organizations that are engaging with the locals, BBBS was able to collect around 20 new volunteer signees who want to become mentors.
We would like to thank the Floral Parade Committee for inviting us to participate in this awesome event again this year. We also want to thank the committee as well as Toomey's Mardi Gras for their support. As you can see we had a blast!
January 19, 2016- City of Bay Minette, Mentoring Month
Mayor Robert A. “Bob” Wills presented the proclamation to representatives from the Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama as well as Standard Furniture and North Baldwin Infirmary, two of the programs corporate sponsors that allow its employees to serve as Bigs on company time. They include, from left, Karmen Still and Patsy Robinson, Standard Furniture; Diane Cook, BBBS Match Specialist; Marisa Williams and Ben Hansert, with North Baldwin Infirmary. Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama currently serves two schools in the north Baldwin Community: Bay Minette Elementary and Bay Minette Intermediate. There is a need for more volunteers to sign up to serve as Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Mayor Simpson proclaims January in Mobile, Mentoring Month
January 15, 2016
MOBILE, Ala. - Mayor Sandy Stimpson proclaimed January as "Mentoring Month" in the City of Mobile to recognize the significance of mentoring in our community.
"I encourage citizens to search for opportunities to serve as mentors in our community," said Mayor Stimpson. "Organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama work tirelessly to improve our children's odds for success and citizens including myself need to be involved."
Research has shown that children engaged in mentoring programs are more likely to finish high school and less likely to begin using drugs and alcohol, skip school, or be involved in violence.
"I applaud programs such as our Mobile Police Departments 'You have a Choice' program, which builds relationships between our officers and our young people," said Mayor Stimpson. "Mentoring these students can save their lives and prevent them from making life altering mistakes. Programs like 'You Have Choice' are helping to move us toward our goal of becoming the safest city in America by 2020."
January marks the 15th annual National Mentoring Month. President Obama is proclaiming January as National Mentoring Month tonight in his last State of the Union, Governor Bentley will proclaim Mentoring Month on January 27th, and Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson will issue a proclamation on January 26th at the City Council Meeting. This is a BIG deal! Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama is ready to highlight all the fabulous work our volunteer mentors do to make our mission a reality for so many children in our community. National Mentoring Month is a campaign aimed at expanding quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of our community's young people with caring adults through one-to-one relationships. As we focus on engaging more community members in volunteering as mentors, we have a a simple message to share: It all starts with a little. Mentoring relationships are basic human connections that let a young person know they matter, and mentors frequently report back that their relationships make them feel like someone who matters in another person's life. As we kick off the month to celebrate mentoring, we want each of our current and former Bigs to know how special you are for giving the greatest gift you have to give - your time! We think you're a BIG deal!