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April 25, 2011

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April 25, 2011

I have been a big brother for 10 years and this is my second little I have been involved with. It has been a really good, humbling experience for me and I feel my little's have benifited well from our friendships and experiences together as well. Sometimes a young adult just needs someone to talk to and share things with. It may not seem very important sometimes but it may mean a whole lot to the young adult. I also think getting together with my little has helped me too and has made me realize that sometimes it's the very smallest things that mean so much and has helped me appreciate that. Big Brothers is a lot of fun and creates many opportunities that may be otherwise passed by or not even thought of.

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I have experienced watching young adults grow both physically and mentally, maturing as they grew and sharing many good experiences with them.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help more people understand the importance of BBBS and encourage them to participate in the program.

April 25, 2011

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April 25, 2011

i have served on the board of this organization for several years. I am humbled by the difference this agency has made in the county. Bowl for Kids Sake is my favorite event as we are able to see the community come together and at the same time see some of the \youth that we serve.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing a young man who was once a little now serving in the US military come back to a large event and talk about how much BBBS has meant to him and his life.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make more people aware of the life changing effect this organization has made in the life of our community.

April 22, 2011

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April 22, 2011

I have truly enjoyed being a part of this organization for the past several years. I started in the Local Hero Program at a local elementary school and then became a board member and then a Big Sister. I know that I am helping the child I am mentoring. We have both grown through our relationship over the past 3 years and I look forward to being a part of her life for the next 8 years of our journey and hopefully beyond. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cass County touches the lives of so many in our community. I believe that is evident in our ability to raise record amounts of money to support our agency year after year. The community has really embraced our organization and we are so grateful for everyone's continued support especially through the difficult economic times in recent years. The children of this community would not be the same without our chapter of BBBS.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing the changes in my Little Sister and also being a part of our events. Bowl For Kids Sake was amazing this year!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ask National to stop imposing such cumbersome requirements to remain a chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

April 22, 2011

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April 22, 2011

I have been associated with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cass County since the early 1990's both as a Board Member and as a Big Brother. Thanks to the dedication of our staff, volunteers(both in the field and my fellow Board members), and the community, BBBS of Cass County continues to provide much needed mentoring services to at-risk children in Cass County both through traditional matches and school programs when such is needed more than ever. We have survived hard economic times thanks to those mentioned above when all other local BBBS agencies have sadly had to close.

We remain focused on "one child at a time" and the payoff is when an adult comes back and tells us that he or she was a "Little" here and how their life was positively impacted. Small Big Brothers Big Sisters Agencies must not be allowed to disappear!

John S. Damm

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As both a Big and as a Board member. I have seen children directly benefit from good adult mentoring.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help ensure that such a small agency is not saddled with the undue regulations and fees that may be more appropriate for a large metropolitan agency but which merely interfere with service provision for our small town agencies.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

I was asked to be on the Board in 1991 or thereabouts.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Financial sustainability so that we can provide much needed services to a community in dire need of mentoring for at-risk children.

What is its top priority in the long run?

The same as above. These are dangerous times for small not-for-profit entities.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 22, 2011

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April 22, 2011

This organization touches the lives of so many. I truly believe our Bowl For Kids Sake benefits the participants as much as the organization. I see bonding among groups, schools, co-workers, and youth. I truly believe the amount a "big" touches the child's life is unmeasurable.

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that many community memebers would enjoy being part of this organization in any capacity.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I teach high school dance and have seen some students who have been positively affected by their mentor.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Less financial requirements by national organization. The amount it costs small communities almost makes it impossible.

April 22, 2011

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April 22, 2011

I have been a board member with BBBS Cass Co for several years and have really enjoyed the experience. Bowl for Kids Sake is my favorite community event. It's amusing how the communtiy pulls together every year to support BBBS with BFKS and other events through out the year. This year a little came to BFKS to tell his story on how BBBS had changed his life. It means alot to hear these stories and how the program really works!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've witness littles growth through the program.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Reaching out to serve more littles and finding more volunteers.

April 21, 2011

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April 21, 2011

In working in the local school corporation for over 15 years, I have seen the impact of Big Brothers/Big Sisters in our schools and with our students. When I had the opportunity to join the board this year, I was honored. I worked the annual Bowl for Kids Sake, which was great. I was extremely impressed by the support of the community and money raised. The organization does an excellent job in assisting the youth of Cass County. A lot of people count on BBBS! Chris and her staff are great. I look forward to continue to work for such a great organization and community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through the students in our schools and community.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help the organization find more money.

April 21, 2011

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April 21, 2011

I am currently a board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters and have served for the past four months. Although my time associated with this organization has been short it has been easy to jump right in with as much support I can offer. I say that because it is such a great organization with great people volunteering. I recently had the pleasure to work at one of their largest fund raisers of the year bowl for kids' sake and the response from that event for BBBS was unbelievable! It was very obvious that the Logansport community supports BBBS. Keep up the good work!!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing a young man who was once a little now serving in the US military come back to a large event and talk about how much BBBS has meant to him and his life.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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April 20, 2011

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April 20, 2011

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cass County has been a huge part of my life for the past 7 years. I started volunteering as a Big Sister in 2004 while I was still in college. I've moved around and had different littles in the past 7 years, but have always stayed close to BBBS. I now work at BBBS of Cass County as the Program Coordinator. I also have 2 little sisters in the community based program and a boy I meet with through the Local Hero Program. To say that 1 person can make a difference in the life of a child is an understatement. Mentoring has mad a huge difference in my life as well. Working here is very rewarding and I'm grateful we have a community that gives us so much support.

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I've been a Big for almost 7 years. I've been able to create and maintain friendships of my own with children as well as help others to find those friendships as the program coordinator.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to help them receive more funding and have another staff member.

April 12, 2011

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April 12, 2011

As the Director of this organization, I can say first hand what a difference we make in the community. We have been serving children in Cass County for 25 years! We are an organization that cares a great deal about the youth and in helping them grow into the wonderful adults we know they can be. Our board and staff work very hard to secure funds so we can continue to grow the agency.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

fundraising, matching children, running afterschool programs

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only changes would be to get more money in order to serve more children. Finding new volunteers is also a major need.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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