Big Brothers Big Sisters of Helena and Great Falls is facing potential closure.
Today, we find ourselves in a position we hoped would never come. State and federal funding for our organization has been eliminated through a series of unanticipated budget cuts totally $115,000. We’ve had to cut our high school based programs, cut staff positions, and curtail new matches. But it won’t be enough. Yes, this is a crisis for the hundreds of children served in Helena, Great Falls and Boulder and a tremendous loss to our communities.
Study after study shows the BBBS mentoring program really works. Kids with mentors have higher graduation rates, higher self-esteem, avoid alcohol and drug use, and live a more happy and productive life. It costs $1250 per year for one match. If you can afford $500, $300, $150 or $25, it will make a difference! Your dollars will stay in your community – Helena or Great Falls. For 50 yrs. we have been supported by generous contributions from private donors, businesses and corporations we need your help more than ever.
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2018 Bowl for Kids' Sake
THANK YOU, HELENA! We want the community to know how much we appreciate everyone who sponsored, donated and bowled for Bowl For Kids' Sake! It was a smashing success! Hear all about it here: http://www.ktvh.com/2018/01/big-brothers-big-sisters-fundraiser-raises-over-80000
Bowl for Kids' Sake: Battle of the Badge
The “Battle of the Badge” is a sub event to the Bowl For Kids Sake annual fundraiser for Big Brothers/Big Sisters which is taking place January 26, 27 and 28 at Sleeping Giant Lanes in Helena.
The Battle of the Badge is a fundraising challenge in which teams from various public safety agencies will compete against one another as part of the Bowl For Kids Sake at 2:00 on January 27th. The team which raises the most money will win the Battle of the Badge, and the idea is for people to show support for law enforcement/public safety in general and their favorite agency specifically while also supporting Big Brothers/Big Sisters. We should have teams from MHP, Helena PD, LCSO, Helena Fire, and Federal Law Enforcement Officers assigned to the Helena area.
If you would like to support one of these safety agencies and help them WIN the Battle of the Badge, come to Sleeping Giant Lanes to vote at 2:00pm on January 27th OR call our office 406-442-7479 to donate to their team today!
How does Big Brothers Big Sisters help Kasaius?
When Big Brothers Big Sisters works to match a Little with a Big, we take into account the needs, personality, interests, and goals of both the child and the adult volunteer. We introduce the Little and his or her family to the Big slowly and make sure everyone is fully committed to the match before it is made official. Little Brother Kasaius is outgoing and up for anything, so he needed a Big who was creative and had a variety of interests.
Children like Kasaius get the most out of their one-to-one relationship with their Big when the Big, the parent or guardian, and the child talk openly with their Match Support Specialist. Working as part of the team helping the child succeed, the Match Support Specialist can help identify problems, brainstorm solutions, and connect the family with essential services.
When Kasaius’ Big Brother saw the email from BBBS saying that there were spots open in a free acting class, he jumped at the chance to take Kasaius. BBBS affiliates across the country provide activities for Bigs and Littles and also alert Bigs to opportunities in the community. This enables Bigs to get to know other Bigs, who might be experiencing similar things and who might have great suggestions for more new activities.
Screening and Training
Child safety is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ highest priority. To achieve the highest standards possible, we work constantly to review and strengthen our background check systems as new best practices in the industry emerge. We also make sure our Bigs and our staff have the training and resources they need to help Littles on their path to success.