My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Big Brothers-Big Sisters of East Central Indiana Inc, Muncie, IN, USA
I am a Board member of the BBBS agency. A favorite time for me is to attend the annual volunteer recognition program. The stories and letters shared during the event come from the heart of the Littles and their family members about what their Big Brother or Sister means to them. The common theme of the stories is it did not matter to the Little what special activities the Big and Little did together…it was the fact that they had a caring individual in their lives to confide in, look up to or just hang out together. From being involved in BBBS matched activity events over the past twelve years, I truly enjoy seeing Littles blossom as they grew up and benefit from the one-to-one mentoring, trust and friendship with their Big.
I was also a Big Sister for ten years. I was matched with my Little Sis when she was eight and our match officially ended when she graduated from high school. However, we will be Sisters for life and now she is the Big Sis in the height department over me. I was matched perfectly because the agency staff does great homework in background checks, interview processes and match preferences, interests and likes. The agency staff provides tremendous ongoing support and supervision to the Big and Little to assist in the match as it grows and thrives.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
As prior Big Sis and observing other matches at events, I see that volunteering just a few hours a month with a child can start something amazing…such as confidence flourishing, conquering a fear or heading in a positive needed direction.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
As serving as the Board Treasurer for the past nine years, I know how important financial support and donations are to this nonprofit agency. Economic times are tough in this community and many great organizations are also in need of monetary support, but more fundraising $ and contributions are needed to support the BBBS agency…so the staff can continue to support the Big/Little matches from start to finish.