Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County (BBBSIC) is preparing for the 2020 Festival of Trees with some distinct creativity. Due to COVID-19 and necessary safety precautions, Festival of Trees will look a bit different this year but will be full of the same holiday cheer. This annual event raises over half of the annual budget for BBBSIC and needs community support this year more than ever.
Festival of Trees will host a LIVE VIRTUAL event on December 4, 2020 including the live auction of decorated trees and wreaths, which will be delivered to supporting businesses and families. A week-long silent auction, culminating on December 4th will showcase a variety of local treasures. Local businesses are encouraged to donate auction items to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County. The traditional Community Day event will take place on Saturday Dec 5th, 1pm-3pm at the Elks Lodge. While viewing the trees, masks will be mandatory and social distancing rules will apply. Fraser’s Gourmet Hideaway will be providing dinners, complete with appetizer, entrée and dessert for the night of the Live Auction. Ordering with options for pick up or delivery will be available on the Festival of Trees website, which will go live on November 4th.
Executive Director, Tiffany Scribner says, “We’re truly excited for this year’s Festival. These are strange times, but we are determined to host a successful event to raise both money and awareness for the youth on Whidbey Island.”
Festival of Trees helps to create a brighter future for children in our community. All services provided by BBBSIC are provided free of charge. Most of our children come from low-income, single or grandparent-led households. The cost to support 1 year of relationship-building, impactful mentoring and professional oversight of a “Big and Little” is $1,500. Although these families may have challenges, they do not lack hope or potential. Your support is greatly appreciated.
For more information, contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit us online at bbbsislandcounty.org or call 360.279.0644.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County provides peer mentorship by matching volunteers and youth in our community. These one to one relationships have proved to be a positive life impact on not only our youth but the volunteers who so graciously volunteer their time!
Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children realize their potential and build the foundation for a successful future. We nurture children and strengthen our communities.
In 1999 we started as a grassroots organization with a vision to improve the lives of children in our community.
For two years prior to the opening of our agency, community and board members raised funds and began the strenuous task of meeting the national standards put forth by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. It was tough work, but we were driven by our mission.
Since our beginning, we have strived to create matches and improve our programs for the betterment of our community.
Our Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Community-Based matches meet in the community or in the Little’s home for activities based on the interest's and needs of the little. We ask that the matches meet three to four times a month for at least an hour at a time.
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.
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.
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.
This was not an easy decision to reach as summer is the primary purpose of our camp. With COVID-19 affecting our staff from around the world and the unknown that faces us in the upcoming months it seemed in the best interest of everyone to cancel. We will look forward with you toward a brighter tomorrow and an exciting summer program in 2021. We will be keeping our summer camper families in prayer over these next months as we know many of you will have been hit hard by the recent changes in work and economy. God bless you.
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In accordance with the State of Washington and Island County’s Stay Home, Work Safe orders, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County's physical office will remain closed to the public at this time.
We maintain our status as a telecommuting workforce and our organization will continue to assist our program participants through remote support, including availability through phone, email, video calls, and virtual sessions.
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As a non-profit, we rely on grants and donations in order to provide quality service and professional support to our matches. Each match requires an investment of more than $1,500 a year. Your generous donation will fund our mission.