Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest
Rating: 4.86 stars 7 reviews
Issues: Children & Youth
Location: 1827 Ne 44th Ave. Portland OR 97213 USA
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My first little brother was 12 years old and in foster care. Today he is 21 and beginning his third year in the U.S. Navy. I could not be prouder of his beginning success in life considering the many obstacles he faced as a young man. Today I mentor his six year old brother. We've become part of the family. I have been a volunteer with the organization for eight years and have never met a finer group of people dedicated to helping our community's at-risk youth. My own experiences as a two-time mentor have been eye-opening and life changing!
In addition to volunteering, I have served on the organization's Ambassador Board for eight years, and on the Board of Directors for not quite a year.
Oregon has an on-time high school graduation rate of 68%--the nation's second worst. Students mentored by Big Brothers Big Sisters have a 95% rate of on-time graduation from high school. It's a program that makes a lifetime of difference for our area's children.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest was voted Oregon's #1 most admired nonprofit for 2014 by 500 of Oregon's top CEOs in a survey conducted by the Portland Business Journal.
I have been a board member for less than 6 months; but, already my experience has exceeded expectations thanks to the committed and compassionate staff; quality of programs and partnerships; and also to my new "little brother" Felix!
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