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History of Big Brothers Big Sisters

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on 16 April 2014

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Transcript of History of Big Brothers Big Sisters

Our Organization and How We Help the Community

It was founded in 1904, in New York City by a man named Ernest Coulter
Coulter had a vision to help change kids' perspectives and give them the opportunity to succeed and reach their full potential.
BBBS of Canada was established (1913), making it the second oldest organization in the world.
BBBS of Kitchener-Waterloo was formed in 1964
In 2014 the organization will be celebrating their 50th anniversary in KW
Qualities for Volunteers
The Big Brothers Mentoring program requires a commitment of a couple hours, once a week for a minimum of 1 year
Provides a role model and a friend for Children
Promote the importance of staying in school and healthy relationships with family and peers.
Instill trust and self-confidence in order to make healthy decisions.
Encourage leadership skills and independent thinking.

Why Do They Deserve $5000?
Help prepare youth for the future
Preventing children from turning to violence and criminal activity
Giving children who are going through hard times a role model to keep them positive and guide them
Use funding to create more opportunities for activities the children will be taken on to enrich their perspective

Fund raising Activities
Annual Chef’s Gourmet Dinner and Auction
Bowl for Kids’ Sake
20 Days of Plaid
Swing BIG Golf Classic
Make your own fundraiser

Purpose of Charity
50 years in Waterloo Region
Help children live their full potential
The development of young people is enriched by positive, nurturing mentor relationships.
Change the course of young lives change community’s future
Mentors teach children how important it is to stay in school, and respect family, peers and the community
Approximately 1,000 children benefit from BBBS services each year
There are about 600 volunteers who are also impacted by the children they mentor

Major Supporters: Century Groups, Strassburger (windows and doors), Cowan Foundation, Astley Family Foundation, Huntley O’Hagan Financial Planning, United Way, Ontario Trillum Foundation
Does not receive any government funding
Have a partnership with both United Way of Cambridge and United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo
History of Big Brothers Big Sisters
Works to solve present and future problems
Creating a healthy, positive environment for children and youth
Pushing the importance of staying in school
Giving opportunities to share experiences with a role model they do not have at home
Boosting self-confidence
Reducing future poverty/unemployment
Selection Process for Volunteers
Contacts agency via telephone and does a Telephone Screening
Attends a group Orientation Session
During Orientation, they submit an agency application form which includes 4 references and a signed agreement of confidentiality
A police record check is submitted
Takes Part in a one on one interview with BBBSWR Caseworker and also completes pre match training
Is notified of acceptance or non-acceptance
Extra training may be required if there is acceptance

Interview Questions
Contact Information
Office Hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Tel. 519-629-0180
Fax. 519-624-7656
150 Pinebush Road, Unit 7
Cambridge. ON. N1R 8J8
Twitter: @BBBSWR
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/BBBSWR

1. How do you attract volunteers?

As the person responsible for volunteer recruitment, I can tell you that it is a challenge to recruit volunteers on the limited budget of a nonprofit. Some of the most successful ways that we “attract” volunteers would be: volunteer fairs, social media and word of mouth. We actively engage the community through Twitter and Facebook, because storytelling is a very important part in volunteer recruitment. Word of mouth is also extremely valuable, since it gives current parents and volunteers the chance to share their first hand experience with Big Brothers Big Sisters to people they know. It is an authentic way to communicate the impact of our programs.

2. How do you recognize them for their contribution?

Volunteers receive a high level of support, feedback and appreciation from their Caseworker. Their Caseworker is a Big Brothers Big Sisters staff member that acts as their primary connection to the agency. Other than verbal appreciation, we hold a couple events each year for our volunteers, as well as feature them on our social media channels and website. It is very important to us to recognize our volunteers in a way that they want - which is typically not in any large-scale or flashy way.

3.Have you ever had any unsuccessful fundraisers?

To be honest, I can not identify any full-blown unsuccessful fundraisers. Some fundraisers are more successful some years, but overall our Fund Development team has a clear understanding of what events work for us and are keen on fixing any concerns as they arise. See a full list of our fund raising events here.

4. How many employees do you have?

We currently employ 17 full or part time staff members. This number will soon decrease to 12, as we have several staff members taking maternity leave and one staff member retiring.
"Unlocking a child's true potential creates a future where anything is possible."
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