Big Brothers Big Sisters Office Move
This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Great Falls has gone through a tremendous financial upheaval with state, federal and local grant budget cuts. Most of these reductions came without warning. We had to cut our school buddies program; we reduced staff; we ran an emergency communications and funding appeal in January and February as a last-ditch effort to save our program. We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from the Great Falls Community which allowed us to keep our program going for the remainder of this year. Next steps are looking at ways to reduce costs from an operational standpoint.
We will continue to support ALL our active Community-Based matches, but we will not be able to create new matches until we can secure additional and sustainable funding to support the program. In June, we will be relocating our office in Great Falls. During this transition, our Great Falls staff, Alex Brown and Patricia Buckley, will continue to provide professional support for our matches. We will continue to host our quarterly match activities such as our annual holiday match activities, etc.
During this "quiet" period, starting June 2018, we will be approaching community and business leaders to gauge their level of support for an ongoing Big Brothers Big Sisters program. When we have secured additional community support, we will resume recruiting Littles and volunteers, and once again be able to create more professionally supported matches between adult volunteers and kids in Great Falls.
Make no mistake - we are not happy about this turn of events and have worked hard to avoid it. At the same time, we will use that disappointment as the fuel to create a renewed BBBS program, with broader and deeper community support and hopefully begin to make new matches again in July of 2019.
3rd Annual Meadow Lark Charity Golf Outing benefiting BBBS
You are invited to attend this year’s 3rd Annual Meadow Lark Charity Golf Outing supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters on Friday, August 17, 2018! Funds raised from this event will benefit the Bigs & Littles in our program.
Two Foursome (8 golfers) Eagle Sponsorship - $1,200
One Foursome (4 golfers) Birdie Sponsorship - $600
One Twosome (2 golfers) Hole Sponsorship - $300
Exclusive Sponsorships - Contact Alex Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-453-5521 to see a full list of available sponsorships!
We hope you can join us at the 3rd Annual Meadow Lark Charity Golf Outing. This will be the only fundraising event benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters for the year so please consider participating in the event and supporting the youth in our mentoring programs.
Please return your completed registration form to Alex Brown at email@example.com or mail a copy to P.O. Box 1167 Great Falls, MT 59403.
How does Big Brothers Big Sisters help Kasaius?
When Big Brothers Big Sisters works to match a Little with a Big, we take into account the needs, personality, interests, and goals of both the child and the adult volunteer. We introduce the Little and his or her family to the Big slowly and make sure everyone is fully committed to the match before it is made official. Little Brother Kasaius is outgoing and up for anything, so he needed a Big who was creative and had a variety of interests.
Children like Kasaius get the most out of their one-to-one relationship with their Big when the Big, the parent or guardian, and the child talk openly with their Match Support Specialist. Working as part of the team helping the child succeed, the Match Support Specialist can help identify problems, brainstorm solutions, and connect the family with essential services.
When Kasaius’ Big Brother saw the email from BBBS saying that there were spots open in a free acting class, he jumped at the chance to take Kasaius. BBBS affiliates across the country provide activities for Bigs and Littles and also alert Bigs to opportunities in the community. This enables Bigs to get to know other Bigs, who might be experiencing similar things and who might have great suggestions for more new activities.
Screening and Training
Child safety is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ highest priority. To achieve the highest standards possible, we work constantly to review and strengthen our background check systems as new best practices in the industry emerge. We also make sure our Bigs and our staff have the training and resources they need to help Littles on their path to success.
Juvenile Diversion Program
Big Brothers Big Sisters has partnered with the Great Falls Police Department School Resource Officers to be part of their Juvenile Diversion Program. Children in the SRO's Diversion Program have committed misdemeanor offenses and have the opportunity to complete consequences and pay restitution in lieu of being prosecuted through the traditional court process. Children in the Diversion Program also have the option of being matched with an adult mentor for the entire school year. Children will meet with their mentor for one hour a week. Matches in the program are facilitated by BBBS at no charge to the Little as a grant has been awarded to cover the expenses of the program. Anyone interested in applying for this program can find an application HERE