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BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS OF CASS COUNTY INC
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

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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.

More feedback

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

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Board Member/Big Brother.