Bowl for Kids' Sake is this weekend, Feb. 9 & 10!
Big Brothers Big Sisters will be hosting our largest annual funraiser, Bowl for Kids' Sake on February 9th and 10th, 2018 at Little's Lanes! It's not too late to sign your team up today and/or donate to the event! Register or donate by clicking the button below or call 453-5521!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Helena and Great Falls is facing potential closure.
Today, we find ourselves in a position we hoped would never come. State and federal funding for our organization has been eliminated through a series of unanticipated budget cuts totally $115,000. We’ve had to cut our high school based programs, cut staff positions, and curtail new matches. But it won’t be enough. Yes, this is a crisis for the hundreds of children served in Helena, Great Falls and Boulder and a tremendous loss to our communities.
Study after study shows the BBBS mentoring program really works. Kids with mentors have higher graduation rates, higher self-esteem, avoid alcohol and drug use, and live a more happy and productive life. It costs $1250 per year for one match. If you can afford $500, $300, $150 or $25, it will make a difference! Your dollars will stay in your community – Helena or Great Falls. For 50 yrs. we have been supported by generous contributions from private donors, businesses and corporations we need your help more than ever.
PLEASE, CAN YOU HELP! To donate or start your own fundraising page, click the button below!
Win a 7 Day Getaway Drawing to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico!
Join us for a fun evening at Mighty Mo Brewing on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14th from 4pm - 7pm where we will be drawing the winner for the 7 day, 6 night trip to: Paradise Village Beach Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico AND Roundtrip Airfare for 2 included!
Entertainment: Steve Keller will be performing with special guests and a silent auction will be hosted
Every time you donate $100 to Big Brothers Big Sisters, from Jan. 4 - Feb.14, 2018, your name will be entered in the drawing. Make check payable to BBBS and send to Tammy Stubbs, 518 9th St. South Great Falls, MT 59405. Max of 1,000 entries allowed.
Thank you Mark Cappis for providing this generous trip!
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