(Photo | Courtesy of BBBSCO)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon (BBBSCO) worked to make the holiday brighter for youth. They partnered with both G5 and the FBI to spread joy this season, as well as setting a goal of matching 20 kids (Littles) with mentors (Bigs) this month!
G5, a digital marketing company based in Bend, donated 23 bikes to Littles in our program. On Wednesday, December 14, G5 hosted a holiday party for Littles, Bigs and parents or guardians to pick up this gift of joy on wheels. Littles were nominated for bikes by their Match Specialists, and also received a helmet from Trinity Lutheran Church’s K.I.D.S. program.
The Oregon FBI office and FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association adopted 20 BBBSCO youth for the holidays. Their goal was to provide each youth with new clothing items they need, a book, toys, games or item on his/her/their wish list. They also hosted an event for Littles and their families to pick up the gifts and share hot cocoa and holiday cheer.
The team at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon is also working hard to give the gift of mentors to youth, with a goal of 20 new matches this month. Mentorship improves the futures of youth in all areas of their lives: improving relationships, reducing risk taking behaviors and achieving higher levels of education. All kids deserve a caring adult to stand in their corner, to ignite their potential.
BBBSCO Matches professionally-screened adult volunteer mentors (Bigs) and kids (Littles) to defend, ignite and empower their potential. They serve the Bend, Redmond, Madras, Prineville and La Pine areas as a local affiliate of the nation’s largest mentoring network solely supported by donors and volunteers. BBBSCO is a program of J Bar J Youth Services.