By Marianna Foral, Partnership Coordinator/Senior Match Support Specialist
Making connections within our community is an important part of our overall mission. Big Brothers Big Sisters recently created a position to help connect our Bigs, supporters, and the families we serve. My role as the Partnership Coordinator is to help connect individuals, businesses and organizations with our mission. Your talents, connections and skills are vital to our success, so please contact me today to see how you can help ignite the potential within our Littles.
Here are a few opportunities to consider:
Help us find new Bigs!
Do you know someone who is ready to mentor? We have upwards of 100 kids waiting for a Big Brother, Big Sister or Big Couple. Connect us to your networks, like your coworkers or employer, neighborhood association, book club or place of worship. Our lunch-and-learns are 30 minutes long and always come with a meal. We appreciate the opportunity to reach new folks who might want to get involved.
Have a skill, item, or service to share?
The ways in which you can support us “in-kind” are endless! Maybe you have tickets to the Big Game you can’t use but a mentor and mentee could. Do you know a business that might donate food or space for a match activity? Maybe you’re an artist and want to a lead class for mentees and mentors or donate a piece of artwork to the agency. You have social capital and personal skills! Connecting it to BBBS can be a game changer for our agency or our matches.
What about your workplace?
The companies of Greater Omaha are generous and incredibly philanthropic. How can you leverage the power of your employer to support our mission? Check if your employer will match donations to a Big Brothers Big Sisters event, like Bowl For Kids’ Sake or The Big Basketball Bash. Could your staff do a jeans day fundraiser or gather items to auction in a fundraiser? Are they interested in doing Adopt A Family during the holidays? Businesses have also consulted in their areas of expertise or hosted workshops. And as always, we’d love to bring your coworkers lunch and tell them about being a mentor.
Join the Alumni Network
Are you a former mentor, mentee, parent/guardian, staff member or other supporter of our program? We hope you stay engaged with us by joining the Alumni Network. We value the powerful mentoring experiences, insights, wisdom and advice you can share with us and others. The Alumni Network has networking events and an online community to connect with other alums.
Partnership Coordinator/Senior Match Support Specialist
Check out what some of our Community Partners have done for our Littles!
Top Left: For the last 4 years, Scary Acres has allowed BBBS matches a night of free admission, a free drink and funnel cake, and a campfire site to hang out. This was made possible thanks to a current Big Sister who works there!
Top Right: Open gym day at Creighton in 2017. Our relationship with SigEp Fraternity has brought in many new Big Brothers. They hosted a 5k fundraiser for us and have helped us coordinate activities like the Open Gym and Dodgeball Tournament on the Creighton Campus.
Bottom Left: A match activity at REBEL Interactive, a branding company. REBEL provided a “Personal Branding” session for our matches and helped Littles to identify their values and their personal brand.
Bottom Right: E-Creamery supports BBBS every day by providing Littles free ice cream when they are with their Big. E-Creamery also gives BBBS their own ice cream flavor in January for national mentoring month – $1 of every pint of “Big Swirl, Little Crunch” sold goes back to BBBS.