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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas Charity Profile
Five area churches began the Big Brothers Program in Little Rock to address the needs of young men living in the Highliand Park area. These churches included Christ the King, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Churches, Grace Presbyterian, St. Andrews, and Westover Hills Presbyterian. The first group of Big Brothers came from these churches. In 1968 Big Brothers of Pulaski County was incorporated and in 1972 became a full affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.To help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth.
In 1983 the organization began serving girls and became Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pulaski County. Growth in areas outside of Little Rock provided the opportunity to change the name to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas in 1998 and today serves all of Pulaski County, Benton, and Pine Bluff.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas Volunteer Information
Fundraising plans and implements an annual fundraiser called Rock’n Singles in the City and it started in 2008. The first year raised $15000. The committee meets at least once a month January – June and the event is held in June. They also assist with Toast & Roast and Bowl for Kids’ Sake, two agency fundraisers organized by the BBBSCA staff.The activities committee plans and hosts activities for Bigs and Littles throughout the year. Each member volunteers to serve as the lead for one of the activities and works with staff to ensure the event is implemented successfully. The committee also brainstorms on ways to support the BBBSCA programs.General meetings are scheduled the second Thursday of every month at 5:30 at a local restaurant. Committee meetings are scheduled as needed.
This is the traditional BBBS mentoring program most people think about when it comes to being a Big Brother or Sister. Volunteers spend two – three times a month getting together with a Little in the community. The activities are decided on by you and the Little. It is not necessary to plan elaborate outings every time you see each other. The time you spend together building a friendship is what the experience is all about and how you can positively impact a Little in the program.A match support specialist will introduce you to anew Little and be there to support you through the entire match. They will be in regular contact with you to see if you have any questions, concerns, are looking for suggestions on activities, etc.The volunteer auxiliary group Big League plans free activities throughout the year for Bigs and Littles. Each Big also receives a monthly Big Buzz e-mail with ideas on activities taking place around Central Arkansas.
Mentor one hour a week in a one-to-one setting during the school year at a local elementary, middle, or after-school location.Mentors can eat lunch with a Little, play games, spend time on the playground, or just visit in the library reading a book or talking about the week.Being a school/site-based mentor is more than just tutoring. It is providing an additional positive role model in a child’s life and developing a friendship that encourages a child to reach his/her full potential.Mentors are asked to spend a minimum of one year with a Little.High school students must have availability during or immediately after school one day a week and may enroll to mentor from the time they turn 16 through their junior year of high school (to ensure the time commitment of one year can be met) and are allowed to mentor after high school if staying in the area.
To become a mentor a person must be at least 16 to participate in the school/site-based program and at least 19 to participate in the community-based program.Mentors must reside in Pulaski, Saline, or Jefferson county. Individuals living in surrounding counties may be eligible based on whether they work in and/or frequent one of the counties listed.
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