BBBS of Island County wants to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the incredible sponsors who made this year's Festival of Trees possible, along with the generous individuals who contributed at our various events.
The unwavering support from our community members is truly indispensable, and it is because of you that we are able to accomplish the meaningful work we do.
Community-Based matches meet in the community or in the Little’s home for activities based on the interests and needs of the little. We ask that the matches meet 2-4 times a month for 2-4 hours.
School-Based matches meet one hour each week at the Little's school to work on assignments, have lunch, go to recess, and help with social skills.
DINO - Dabble In New Opportunities - is a new, completely FREE program open to all youth in Island County to provide fresh experiences, meet mentors, and have fun! Exciting youth activities without barriers; no fees, no new equipment, no uniforms!
You don’t need experience or special training, money or a degree – you just need to be yourself and have fun. Once you’re enrolled, you’ll spend time with your Little on a regular basis and build a friendship. It’s as simple as that!
Your time and commitment can leave a lasting impression on a child and help them build a foundation for a successful future.
As a parent, you recognize the potential of your child better than anyone. By giving your child the opportunity to be part of Big Brothers Big Sisters, you’re starting them down a path to a brighter, more promising future.
As leaders who are committed to equity and justice, as mission-focused organizations who are stewards of the public trust, and as a nonprofit sector with far-reaching impact on the national economy, the undersigned are committed to advancing racial justice and equity in all areas of civic and community life.
Feel free to roam our FAQ's page. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to reach out!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana
"Angi is always going to be one of my closest friends. She's always going to be there for me."
When Jenna and Angi were matched in 2015, Jenna was struggling with low self-esteem, difficulties in school, and turbulent family trauma. Despite the challenges Jenna faced, Angi loved her from the moment they met, and made it her mission to support Jenna in reaching her fullest potential.
The pair regularly visited bookstores to pick out books to read together and after just a few months, Jenna's reading comprehension and vocabulary improved significantly. Jenna and Angi are continuing this academic momentum by researching college programs and creating a plan of action for the future. Angi also makes an effort to model self-confidence and inner beauty for Jenna, regularly planning photo shoots and fashion shows to show that every person, any size, is beautiful.
Jenna is thankful for her thriving relationship with Angi, and credits Angi with her transformation into a more confident individual who embraces her uniqueness. To those considering joining the program, Jenna says: "If I could say anything to other kids who might want to be part of BBBS, I would tell them to go for it! To Bigs, I would say, just talk to your Little!"
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona
"His family makes me feel welcome. They have taken me on their family vacations. I even went to my Big Brother's wedding. I see my Big Brother as family."
Jose Carlos and Juan Carlos first matched in May 2014. Sharing similarly challenging upbringings, their relatability of lived experiences fostered a genuine understanding and natural bond, which still holds strong after ten years.
Throughout Jose Carlos and Juan Carlos's tenure as a match, the two have supported each other and grown exponentially. From teaching Juan Carlos how to drive, to giving much-needed time and attention, and modeling the importance of education, Jose Carlos has been instrumental in Juan Carlos's growth – all while pursuing his own collegiate education and working two jobs.
Juan Carlos witnessed how bright his future could be with Jose Carlos as his role model – with Jose Carlos's positive example setting, emotional support, and advice, Juan Carlos is now a first-generation high school graduate. To Littles entering the mentorship program, Juan Carlos says: "I would say that the program has changed my life for the better. I would recommend the program to any kid that is in need. I would also say to be yourself with your Big. Don't try to be someone you are not. You and your Big will get closer if you be yourself."
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County extends our heartfelt acknowledgment that we operate within the unceded ancestral territories of the Coast Salish Peoples. Situated on what is now known as Whidbey Island, this region was originally called Tscha-kole-chy (pronounced SHA-KOL-CHI) in Lushootseed, the language of its original inhabitants. The Klallam, Lower Skagit, Samish, Snohomish, Stillaguamish, Suquamish, Swinomish, and Tulalip Peoples have resided in the Salish Sea basin for countless generations, practicing hunting, fishing, gathering, and nurturing these lands since time immemorial. We honor these ancestral stewards and their descendants.
As an organization and as individuals who dwell on lands acquired through historical injustice, we are dedicated to our ongoing educational journey. This path entails an understanding of the unique histories of each of these nations, as well as our interconnectedness with these narratives, acknowledging the enduring impacts of colonialism on Native communities. We recognize and uphold the rights of these nations, pledging to actively listen, learn, and create a safe haven where Indigenous voices are not only heard but amplified.
We invite you to join us in expressing our profound respect and gratitude to the Indigenous people of this region for the enduring care and protection of the land that we now occupy.