Big Brothers Big Sisters
Of Beaver County
Calvin is a 7-year-old from the Hopewell Township area who lives with his mom and two siblings. His Dad is serving time in prison, however Calvin has been told and believes that his dad is away on business. Calvin loves his Mom, but would like a Big Brother to take him to his Cub Scout meetings because he is embarrassed that he is the only boy who brings his Mom to the meetings. While Calvin would like a Big Brother who goes to church, he also wants a Big Brother to come to some of his games and "talk sports."
Sadie is a 12-year-old from the Beaver Falls area. In many ways, she is a typical young girl. She likes reading, making jewelry and listening to music. Sadie also enjoys playing volleyball and basketball. Sadie’s life is not all fun and games as she shares in the responsibility of taking care of her mom, who suffers from a chronic health condition that limits her ability to participate in activities with her daughter. Her Mom knows that having a Big Sister for Sadie would provide opportunities for Sadie to enjoy being a kid.
Calvin and Sadie are two of over 100 great kids in Beaver County anxiously waiting to have fun with someone like you. Children who spend time with a mentor gain confidence, acquire new skills and competencies, and develop an enhanced capacity to care for others. Volunteering to be a Big Brother, Sister or Couple is about being a friend and someone to look up to. It’s about hanging out, talking and sharing, for four hours a month. It’s about making one child feel very special. And you will feel pretty great, too. Be Big in Beaver County!
New Brightion PA (November 13, 2015)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County has been awarded $5,000 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., under a program that lets Staples associates direct donations.
2015 will be a special year as we gear up to celebrate 40 years of mentoring services!! You can Start Something and be a part of the Celebration of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County’s 40th Birthday!
Because of individuals like you, we are putting our children on a path to success. What if every child fulfills his/her potential? What if every child is set on the right path today?
Research finds that children who succeed in school are more likely to avoid risky behaviors and delinquency. Big Brothers Big Sisters increases their chances of staying in school, achieving academically, and staying out of trouble.
This year, if 40 people gave…
· $40 – one new mentoring relationships could be formed and supported
· $80 – two new mentoring relationships could be formed and supported
· $250 – support the start of a new School-Based Mentoring program in one local elementary school
· $500 – support the start of new School-Based Mentoring programs in two local elementary schools
· $1,000 – support the start of new School-Based Mentoring programs in three local elementary schools
On behalf of the hundreds of local children and families positively impacted by Big Brothers Big Sisters, we thank you for considering a contribution – creating opportunities, fulfilling dreams, and starting something BIG through your generosity.
November 22, 2014
Turkey Trot 5 mile run and 1K Walk
Through the chilly 20 degree weather that Saturday brought us, there was a great turnout of 125 trotters and walkers at the 2014 Turkey Trot benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County. The races were tight, the walk was fun and a good time was had by all.
On behalf of the youth we serve, the volunteers, the staff and all that are involved with BBBS, we want to thank you, the participants, for your support.
The event could not have been a success without the support of the following sponsors, Colona Transfer, Beaver Valley Slag, Weavertown, FirstEnergy Foundation, Range Resources, Heritage Valley Health System, Heritage Valley Pediatrics, Johnstone Supply, Alpha Natural Resources, Consol Energy Inc., State Representative Jim Christiana, McDanel Vending, MedExpress Urgent Care, Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, NRF Consulting, Beaver County Commissioners, Beaver Valley Rifle & Pistol Club, c3controls, Value Ambridge Properties, Mitko Law Offices, and Sheetz. A special thanks to Starbucks Coffee in Beaver, Shop n Save Rochester, Café Kolache, Edible Arraignments in Beaver, Riverside Family Chiropractic, Keystone Physical Therapy, Agway, Dicks Sporting Goods, Dunhams and Hyde Park Steakhouse for their in-kind donations.
We would also like to extend a special thanks to our Ambassador Council Chair, PA State Representative and Big Brother, Jim Christiana, for always being such a large supporter of our organization.
A special thanks to Jen Price, who is the driving spirit of the Turkey Trot for the massive amount of hours to making this race all that it is.
The Littles of Beaver County are thankful and hopeful that all the Littles on the waiting list will soon have a BIG due to the tremendous support of the participants in Saturday's race. See you next year, Saturday, November 21st rain or shine for the running of the Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Turkey Trot.
Please visit www.smileymiles.com for the results of the race!
July 7, 2014
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County Chosen by
Staples Associate to Receive $3,500 Grant
Organization Chosen by Local Associate to Benefit from Staples Foundation Grant
NEW BRIGHTON, PA (July 14, 2014) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County has been awarded $3,500 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., under a program that lets Staples associates direct donations.
“Staples Foundation understands and supports the mission of organizations, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County who are working in neighborhoods to provide programming and support to youth facing adversity in communities,” stated Lynell Scaff, Executive Director. “This grant will be used to secure mentors and support training for new matches in 2014 for children seeking a mentor. Our staff, board and volunteers are committed to serving youth in Beaver County to achieve our vision of helping children achieve success in life.”
“A match for a year involves Case Managers who perform the initial intake in the child's home, which includes child empowerment training, an interview and orientation. Volunteers are fully screened by background checks and references, child safety training/orientation and an interview. Case Managers take into consideration the preferences and personalities of each child and each Volunteer to ensure that a bond will form and a solid connection can be made. To be effective the match needs to last a minimum of 18 months. Many of our matches have gone well beyond the 18 months and have lasted for years. A Match Specialist meets with all parties of the match to ensure everyone is satisfied and child's safety is being upheld. Match activity for events provide activities for the match to bond, share and build trust, that is the formula for a successful match,” said Scaff.
The grants are part of a philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations that are focused on education or job skills. The program encourages local community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or fundraising.
The program, called 2 Million and Change, will award funds to organizations around the world, reaching more than $2 million in grants by the end of the year. In 2013, associates globally directed more than $2.5 million of Staples Foundation grants to over 1,000 non-profit organizations.
“Staples Foundation is committed to making a positive impact in the communities where our associates live and work,” said Katy Dobbs, director of global community and giving for Staples, Inc. “Through our program, we are pleased to support our associates and the local non-profit organizations that matter to them most.”
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County is one of over 340 nationwide affiliates of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the nation’s oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States. It has been the leader in one-to-one service for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people. Locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County serves 365 children and an equal number of volunteer mentors each year. The agency is located at 1475 Third Avenue in New Brighton.
The agency vision is to match each and every child who needs and wants a Big Brother or Sister. Research conducted on Big Brothers Big Sisters programs nationwide has demonstrated that vulnerable youth matched with a Big Brother or Sister mentor are less likely to use drugs and to start drinking, do better in school, and are less likely to resort to violence.
Information about donating, volunteering, or enrolling a child is available at www.bcbigs.org, or by phoning 724.843.4600.
About Staples Community and Giving
Staples is dedicated to providing education and job skills opportunities in communities where our customers and associates live and work with a primary focus on support disadvantaged youth, from literacy and mentoring to career skills development initiatives. Staples supports these causes through corporate contributions, in-kind donations and grants from Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc. Through its global community and giving efforts, Staples has helped more than 6,500 organizations in local communities across 26 countries. Community and Giving is also an integral component of Staples Soul, which recognizes the connection between long-term business success and the impact Staples has on associates, communities and the planet. For more information, visit www.staples.com/community.
Bowl for Kids' Sake
Thank you to the Sponsors, Captains, Bowlers, Super Bowlers/Teams, and Committee Members: Jeff Bauman, Cathy Hogan, Heather Vono, Lucas Rihely, Debbie Milligan, and Chad Whelpley that participated in Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2014 - March 1st & 8th at Baden Bowl. It was a striking success – 32 matches for 2014!
Thank you Sponsors
Kickin' It Country For Kids' Sake Concert
Thank you to the Sponsors, Bands: The Stoney River Band, The Christian Beck Band, and The Stickers, and Guests that participated in our first ever concert fundraiser that took place on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center.
Your efforts helped our agency raise over $11,000 in one night!! We can’t thank you enough for the incredible contribution you made to the Littles we serve in Beaver County. Every dollar raised will directly fund the programming for the children of Beaver County in support of their match with their BIG (mentor). Many of our matches were in the audience and were able to see firsthand the energy and support generated by everyone who contributed to surpassing our goals for this first concert ever held by BBBS of Beaver County!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County and Darden Restaurants Partner to Advance Match Support
New Brighton, PA – March 31, 2014 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County, a non-profit organization that mentors at-risk youth, today announced it has been selected to receive a $1,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Restaurants Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants. The grants program, now in its third year, empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs. The donation will enable Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County’s project to form a long standing and safe relationship between a mentor (BIG) and the child (LITTLE).
Darden’s Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House brands participated in the program. Many restaurants and brands worked together to award one nonprofit organization with a larger grant and make a greater impact in their community. Nonprofits receiving grants support one of Darden’s three key focus areas: education, preservation of natural resources and hunger relief.
“Darden Restaurants Foundation understands and supports the mission of organizations, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County who are working in neighborhoods to provide programming and support to youth facing adversity in communities,” stated Lynell Scaff, Executive Director. “This grant will be used to secure mentors and support training for new matches in 2014 for children seeking a mentor. Our staff, board and volunteers are committed to serving youth in Beaver County to achieve our vision of helping children achieve success in life.”
“We strive to make a positive impact in all the communities our restaurants serve,” said Gene Lee, Darden’s president and chief operating officer. “Our employees are incredibly passionate about getting directly involved in their local communities, and our Restaurant Community Grants program enables each of our restaurant teams to make a difference right in their own backyard.”
A match for a year involves Case Managers who perform the initial intake in the child's home, which includes child empowerment training, an interview and orientation. Volunteers are fully screened by background checks and references, child safety training/orientation and an interview. Case Managers take into consideration the preferences and personalities of each child and each Volunteer to ensure that a bond will form and a solid connection can be made. To be effective the match needs to last a minimum of 18 months. Many of our matches have gone well beyond the 18 months and have lasted for years. A Match Specialists meets with all parties of the match to ensure everyone is satisfied and child's safety is being upheld. Match activity for events provide activities for the match to bond, share and build trust.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County is one of over 340 nationwide affiliates of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the nation’s oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States. It has been the leader in one-to-one service for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people. Locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County serves over 300 children annually and an equal number of volunteers. The agency is located at1475 Third Avenue in New Brighton. The agency vision is to match each and every child who needs and wants a Big Brother or Sister. Research conducted on Big Brothers Big Sisters programs nationwide has demonstrated that vulnerable youth matched with a Big Brother or Sister mentor are less likely to use drugs and to start drinking, do better in school, and are less likely to resort to violence.
Information about donating, volunteering, or enrolling a child is available at www.bcbigs.org, or by phoning 724.843.4600.
About Darden Restaurants
Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), owns and operates more than 2,100 restaurants that generate over $8.5 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and employing more than 200,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. In 2014, Darden was named to the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For" list for the fourth year in a row. Our restaurant brands – Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V's and Yard House – reflect the rich diversity of those who dine with us. Our brands are built on deep insights into what our guests want. For more information, please visit www.darden.com.
The Darden Foundation
The Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation is the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants, Inc. The Darden Foundation’s mission is to maintain a spirit of service and community engagement as defining characteristics of Darden’s family of restaurants – Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House. Since 1995, the Darden Foundation has awarded more than $71 million in grants to leading nonprofit organizations that align with its mission and community priorities: Recipe for Success®, Preservation of Natural Resources and Good Neighbor grants. Through the Darden Harvest program, Darden Restaurants has also donated more than 66 million pounds of food to hunger relief agencies across the U.S. and Canada. In 2011, the Darden Foundation introduced the Restaurant Community Grants program that is dedicated to supporting local nonprofit organizations in the hundreds of communities where we live and serve. For more information, please visit www.dardenfoundation.com.
February 27th, 2014
THE STICKERS, THE CHRISTIAN BECK BAND AND STONEY RIVER BOYS at the Integrative Staffing Group ‘KICKIN’ IT COUNTRY FOR KIDS’ SAKE” benefit concert
Saturday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center to benefit BBBS Beaver County
BEAVER COUNTY, PA (February 27, 2014) – Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Beaver County is hosting their first annual Kickin’ It Country for Kids’ Sake concert on Saturday, March 22nd at 7:30 p.m. Integrative Staffing Group presents this one-of-a-kind show for a great cause at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland.
“We are so pleased to be working with Big Brothers Big Sisters to bring this exciting event to Beaver County,” Bill Scherfel, Managing Partner of Integrative Staffing Group said. “The bands are excellent and the best part is that all the proceeds from the tickets go directly to the kids of Beaver County.”
Pittsburgh-based country band, The Stickers, will be headlining the event, along with The Christian Beck Band and Stoney River Boys. The Stickers are made up of Joe, Jim and John Wodarek, three brothers born and raised in Western Pennsylvania.
The band has recently taken their music to the global stage, charting five songs in the U.S. and four in Europe, including several top ten hits overseas. Their radio success has led to live concert appearances across the country with stars like Zac Brown, Blake Shelton, Little Big Town and Hank Williams Jr. Three-time Billboard Song Writing Award Winners for their original music, The Stickers will be releasing their second album later this year.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County has been providing one-on-one mentoring services to at-risk youth locally since 1975. The Big Brothers Big Sisters mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported relationships with caring and committed Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Big Couples. Their programs are designed to assist at-risk children from primarily low-income families.
Funds raised through the Kickin’ It Country for Kids’ Sake concert will go directly to BBBS of Beaver County to assist in securing more matches. Tickets are on sale now and reserved seating is required. General admission is $15 per person and box seats are $25. Call the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center box office at 724-576-4644 or visit www.lppacenter.org to purchase your tickets.
November 20, 2013
COMCAST FOUNDATION PRESENTED $20,000 TWO-YEAR GRANT TO BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS of BEAVER COUNTY FOR MENTORING
The Comcast Foundation has done it again, by awarding a two-year $20,000 grant to BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF BEAVER COUNTY. The Comcast Foundation will continue to support the Comcast Campus Mentoring Program that assists in the recruitment and training of mentors for at-risk youth, year-round. Click here for details
October 8, 2013
PBS American Graduate Day Video
The PBS special American Graduate Day featured a story about what Big Brothers Big Sisters achieves, produced and delivered by national Director of Media Relations and Community Engagement Director Deanna Sauceda and her Little Sister. It also features the newest addition to Big Brothers Big Sisters’ national celebrity ambassadors, Miss California International Tiffany Allen. Tiffany shared her own very moving story about her childhood and why she became a Big Sister. The segment includes a surprise reunion between former Little Brother Anwar Robinson, a sports writer for Yahoo! Sports, and his former Big Brother, Boston Globe columnist Derrick Jackson. See these BIG/LITTLE stories for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oC4c8OlI-e0
April 1, 2013
New PSAs Featuring Jamie Foxx and other Celebrities Support Start Something®
Comcast will begin airing Big Brothers Big Sisters’ new public service announcements featuring our national spokesman, Academy® Award and Grammy® Award-Winner Jamie Foxx, and other celebrity supporters. The PSAs will air nationally on cable TV stations as part of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ national partnership with Comcast Corporation.
In his PSA, Foxx says every child needs a mentor and that his grandmother and other adults served as his role models.
Grammy Award winning artist EVE links her new song, “Make It Out This Town,” to Big Brothers Big Sisters’ effectiveness in helping children who face adversity beat the odds.
Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler tells viewers how experiencing her father’s incarceration motivated her to support Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Mentoring Children of Prisoners program.
Former Little Brother Darrin Smith, a two-time Super Bowl champion who earned his MBA before going to the NFL, encourages alumni “Bigs” and “Littles” to re-engage with the organization as donors or volunteers.
March 5, 2013
Jim Christiana at PA Legislative Conference Hearing, on finding legislative dollars for mentoring
October 1, 2012
Best Buy Awards $10,000 Community Grant to BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF BEAVER COUNTY
Employee-led grant making program funds organization that empowers teens
(MONACA, PA), October 1, 2012 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County has received a $10,000 Community Grant from Best Buy Co., Inc. Best Buy leaders at store 684, located in Monaca, PA, selected Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver county from submitted proposal requests because of their dedication to closing the digital divide for teens and providing them access to opportunities through technology to help them excel in school, and develop 21st century work force skills.
“Big Brothers Big Sisters has a huge success record turning at risk youth who come from single parent homes into productive successful citizens through their 1 on 1 mentorship program,” said Sharon Baskin, General Manager for Best Buy. “Best Buy strives to be at the intersection of technology and life,” said John Doe, vice president of merchandising for Best Buy.
The Best Buy Community Grants Program is led by employee committees in each of the company’s twelve territories across the United States. Best Buy believes its employees are best able to build and maintain lasting community partnerships and should be empowered to help direct funding to nonprofit organizations in their communities through Community Grants and TagTeam Awards for volunteerism. This year, Best Buy Children's Foundation will give $2.75 million through the Community Grants Program.
About Best Buy Community Relations At Best Buy, we focus on empowering teens. As a Company, and through Best Buy Children’s Foundation, Best Buy partners with nonprofit organizations that support teens by closing the digital divide. Best Buy believes that giving teens access to opportunities through technology will help them excel in school, engage in their communities, and develop 21st century work force skills which will result in a better future. Best Buy also supports national organizations that provide essential social services, such as the United Way and American Red Cross, to improve the vitality of the communities where employees and customers live and work. Our Community Grants program allows local Best Buy stores to provide support unique to the community in which they do business. In addition, Best Buy encourages local volunteerism by providing charitable gifts to organizations where employees volunteer. To learn more, visit www.bestbuy-communityrelations.com
About Best Buy
Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) is a leading multi-channel global retailer and developer of technology products and services. Every day our employees - 167,000 strong - are committed to helping deliver the technology solutions that enable easy access to people, knowledge, ideas and fun. We are keenly aware of our role and impact on the world, and we are committed to developing and implementing business strategies that bring sustainable technology solutions to our consumers and communities. For information about Best Buy, visit www.bby.com and to shop at Best Buy, visit www.bestbuy.com.
Local Best Buy Contact:
Sharon Baskin (724) 728-3816 or firstname.lastname@example.org
August 23, 2012
Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler asks you to Start Something
Miss America Laura Kaeppeler knows the importance of focusing on at-risk kids firsthand. When she was in high school, her father spent a year in jail for a white-collar crime. The guidance of two teachers helped her during that difficult time, and now she's teaming up with Big Brothers, Big Sisters to encourage others to be mentors.
Kaeppeler's mission is not only to encourage children whose parents are also serving time but to inspire other adults to become mentors and help empower at-risk kids as well.
Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler appeared on CNN's Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien and Fox News Channel's Fox and Friends. Kaeppeler also penned an Op-ed in support of mentoring for The Huffington Post.
Watch the CNN Interview
Watch the Fox News Channel Interview
Read the Huffington Post Op-ed
June 1, 2012
This summer is shaping up to be one of the busiest the agency’s experienced in recent memory. Not only are the Summer Picnic and Golf for Kids’ Sake events taking place… we’ve added a new annual event to the mix, as well as a Dedication Ceremony and a Night on the Lawn.
Dedication Ceremony for the Julius A. Vogel, Jr M.D. Wishing Well and the John A. Antoline Paver GardenTo kick-off our summer activities, our agency is holding a Dedication Ceremony for the Julius A. Vogel, Jr M.D. Wishing Well and the John A. Antoline Paver Garden. The well, pavers, and garden were recently installed, and we have invited some very special people to take part in the celebration and dedication. In addition to some kind words of appreciation from board member Dr. Jim Scibilia, there will be some light refreshments and some office tours, if you haven’t taken part in the past. If you would like to attend, please contact Janet at 724.843.4600 x21.
Night on the lawn
The night on the lawn promises to be an old-fashioned good time! We are planning to have numerous games available to the children in attendance, as well as food and drinks. The idea behind the night on the lawn is that we want children to be able to gather in one place to safely play together, in our neighborhood, like we all used to when we were children. Children don’t often get the chance to have a night on the lawn too often, so we wanted to invite everyone to take part in the Match Activity. The activity is open to all matched and waiting list children, but we ask that you RSVP by June 8 with Jon Perciavalle at email@example.com or 724.843.4600 x28. more info
Agency Yard Sale
The new “event” for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County is an Agency Yard Sale! We had our first yard sale last year, on a whim, and decided to make it an annual happening for our agency. This year, it’s taking place June 22, and promises to be one of the best in the area.
Keep checking the events page and this news feed for more information on our other events, Golf for Kids’ Sake and the Summer Picnic. Both events are great fun, and worth looking in to!
May 8, 2012
Chesapeake Energy committing to helping the children in our community.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County would like to commend Chesapeake Energy for their commitment to helping children in our community. Their generous actions were appreciated by our whole staff and board, but most importantly, by those who benefit from our services… the children of Beaver County.
Their donation will allow multiple children on the waiting list to be matched this year. These children are eagerly awaiting their chance to have that positive influence in their lives. Thanks to those generous actions, BBBS-BC will continue to match more children in Beaver County with a positive adult mentor.
On behalf of our Bigs and Littles, our Board of Directors and Staff, and our community, we wanted to make sure everyone knew how much we appreciate Chesapeake Energy for allowing us the opportunity to continue advancing our agency’s mission. Thank You for supporting our programs!