big brothers big sisters of lorain county
Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages
6 through 18, in communities across Lorain County. We have two primary core programs: Community and Site-Based Programs. Mentors must be at least 14 to volunteer in our School-Based Program, and at least 18 years old for our Community-Based program. In Community-Based programming, the volunteer picks up the child from his/her home, and they share valuable time together in
the community. These locations consist of sporting events, community parks, public events, or activities that will allow the mentor and mentee a chance to know each other. Within our School-Based Programs, we have two elements: Lunch Buddies and After-School Mentoring. In Lunch Buddies, the mentor comes to the child’s school to spend time with the child during their lunch period, usually on
the same day each week. In the After-School program, we support one-to-one mentoring relationships between high school students and elementary age students.
Community minded professionals to serve on their talented Board of Trustees. Although always seeking members of varied talents, the current needs are for professionals from the Finance, Education, Law Enforcement, Social Services, and IT fields.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF A BOARD MEMBER
A BBBSLC board member provides oversight in the areas of financial stewardship, goal-setting, policy-making, strategic planning, and legal and ethical integrity. The volunteer board member also hires and evaluates the President & CEO, actively participates in board and committee meetings, helps garner financial and other resource development for the agency, helps promote the agency, and makes an annual give or get contribution of at least $1,000. The board member also strengthens the board by offering their expertise and also participating in board development including training, education, self-assessment and recruitment. Board members will help the organization connect with constituents and mentors within the community who can enhance its ability to provide local children facing adversity with strong, enduring, one-on-one mentoring relationships that can change their lives for the better, forever,
A BBBSLC board member must attend 90 percent of monthly board meetings annually, held the third Tuesday of each month from 7:15 – 8:45am ; join and participate on a committee (Finance, Program Impact, Marketing & Fundraising) scheduled once per month at mutually agreeable times; and participates in the July Annual Meeting.
BBBSLC board members must be at least 21-years-old, be a resident of and/or work in Lorain County, be committed to our vision and mission, be highly regarded and respected by others and an influential member of their organization and/or community who is willing and able to attract support for BBBSLC and the children and youth that we serve.
The Mission of BBBSLC is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
We believe ONE positive relationship for every child can transform a community.
To safely continue mentoring matches during he pandemic, all matches have been moved to virtual Zoom platforms to accommodate social distancing guidelines. Moreover, new virtual programming has been developed to help youth adjust to social and emotional issues during the pandemic and outdoor match activities are available if matches sign a waiver to abide by all cdc guidelines.
Holly C. Brinda, President & CEO
Visit their website at www.bigloraincounty.org to learn more about this organization.