Marshall Community Foundation Awards $5,000 grant to BBBS
Big Brothers Big Sisters, A Community of Caring has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Marshall Community Foundation. The funds will assist in providing mentoring services to at least 50 Marshall elementary and high school students through the High School Bigs program.
There is much research highlighting the benefits for children who are mentored, but research shows that high school students who serve as mentors also have much to gain. For an overview of the research and to see the complete report, click
‘My favorite thing about being a Little Brother was having another person that I could talk to.'
When Nelson Ramos became a Little Brother at age 11, he was shy and uncomfortable when meeting new people. It would take a committed Big Brother who had the patience to draw the young boy out so the two could form a long-lasting, life-changing friendship. Fortunately for Nelson, Manuel Sosa was the perfect match.
One of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ fastest growing programs is Bigs in Business where students are transported to a business near their school for mentoring. The agency strives to begin each new program with at least eight Bigs, however, that can be a challenging number for some smaller organizations to meet. Employees at three Battle Creek organizations aren’t letting that stop them from becoming Bigs.
'We are all coaches': Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell
This year’s Annual Benefit Dinner - the agency's largest fundraiser - featured new Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell as the guest speaker. Caldwell held the crowd’s attention with an inspirational speech about mentoring and leadership.
Community partners make free match activities possible
Did you know that it’s possible for a Big to meet with their Little at least twice a month and not spend a dime? Keeping out-of-pocket expenses low for Bigs is important to us, so with the help of numerous community organizations, free events are offered to matches each month. For example, in July there were 21 scheduled activities in which matches could take part.