We are thrilled to share with you some exciting news from Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Metro Detroit and Washtenaw County. Today we file paper with the Attorney General’s office to merge to create Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Michigan, with the goal of tripling the number of mentoring matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children (Littles) between the ages of 8 – 18. Jennifer Spitler, LMSW, will serve as the chief executive officer for the merged organization, having headed BBBS of Washtenaw for twenty years and our two boards of directors will merge together.
Thanks to your generous donations and on-going support, this merger will result in additional opportunities and experiences for youth, improved offerings through implementation of best practices from both organizations and decreased administrative expenses. This means that we can expand our reach into communities with new programming, and ultimately make an even greater impact on the lives of young people in our region.
As a donor-supported, volunteer organization, our efforts can only be accomplished with the help of our Bigs, community sponsors, and generous corporate and individual donors like you.
We invite you to join us at our annual fundraising breakfasts in May, where you can learn more about our shared vision and how you can help support our efforts.
Over 100 years ago, BBBS was founded as an innovative alternative to the juvenile justice system to create equity and empowerment for young people who needed us most. Today, this spirit drives us to become the foremost JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) youth empowerment organization putting every kid on the path to graduate with a plan for their future and the impact of a mentor for their lifetime. With your continued support, we can make this vision a reality for even more young people in Southeast Michigan.
Thank you for your generosity and for believing in our mission. Together, we can create a brighter future for all.
Gregg Hammerman Kathie Patterson
Board Chair, Washtenaw County Board Chair, Metro Detroit
Azarya, her mother, and her Big Sib, Alita, had a blast shopping at the Express store in Ann Arbor for a special Dream Big Project x Big Brothers Big Sisters shopping experience.
They were able to pick out some great new clothes that made them feel confident and stylish. Even more exciting, Express has hired Azarya for her first job! We are so grateful to the Dream Big Project for helping Azarya build her self-confidence and express herself through fashion.
Jen's Take: Gratitude & Resilience
Jen reflects on the importance of gratitude to keep us resilient in difficult times.
Webside Chat: Adopt A Family
Our Executive Director Jen Spitler chats with Courtney Sidor of the Ann Arbor Observer. Courtney describes how and why the amazing Observer staff has chosen to support our Adopt A Family program for nearly 20 years. wcbbbs.org/adoptafamily annarborobserver.com
Jen's Take: Self Care
Our executive director reflects on the importance of self-care during these difficult times.
Our Development manager Rod Jacobs sits down with Kate D. Fitzgerald, and Molly Hudson both of the University of Michigan's Department of Psychiatry, to discuss the pressure and anxiety parents and children might feel when going back to school during a pandemic. This is part 03 of a 3 part discussion on this topic. You can find free mental health support by visiting www.depressioncenter.org or calling (734) 232-0130.
Our Development manager Rod Jacobs sits down with Kate D. Fitzgerald, and Molly Hudson both of the University of Michigan's Department of Psychiatry, to discuss the pressure and anxiety parents and children might feel when going back to school during a pandemic. This is part 02 of a 03 part discussion on this topic.
Our Development manager Rod Jacobs sits down with Kate D. Fitzgerald, and Molly Hudson both of the University of Michigan's Department of Psychiatry, to discuss the pressure and anxiety parents and children might feel when going back to school during a pandemic. This is part 01 of a 3 part discussion on this topic.
Jen's Take: Telethon Wrap
Jen reflects on everything that went into making The Big Little Telethon a success.
BBBS Webcast: Ep 06
In this episode we chat with Robin Batten of WACC about cyber safety, we meet our Match of the Month, Jen talks about dealing with the anxiety of uncertainty, and we have some fun with at-home art projects.
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