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Kickball for a Cause Supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh

Tuesday, July 25, 2017   (0 Comments)
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2017 PUMP Kickball for a Cause Supports:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh


2017 Kickball for a Cause donations are supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, a local chapter of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose goal is to help all children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with volunteer mentors. They are thrilled to be a part of the event. “Kickball for a Cause is by far one of the most enjoyable days of the year, seeing hundreds of young professionals getting a workout, having fun, and learning about community organizations,” says Chief Community Affairs Officer Tom Baker. “It’s one of the most dynamite days of the year in our region.”


Meet Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh

Big Brothers Big Sisters has been building mentorship relationships in our region since Kenny Ross (yes, that Kenny Ross) founded our local chapter in 1965. Our local chapter has a lot to be proud of—they served 1,483 kids last year, making them the largest one-to-one mentoring program in the community. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh has been recognized as National Agency of the Year for two of the last four years from among over 300 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the country.

Even though they are located in the City of Pittsburgh, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh serves kids in Allegheny, Washington, and Green Counties.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh focuses much of its efforts around its three key areas of programming:

  1. Community Based Mentoring, the core traditional program where each adult mentor, or “big” is matched with a child, or “little” to do activities together.

  2. Site Based Mentoring, in which adult, college, or high school mentors are matched with an elementary or middle school student to work on school work and participate in structured activities.

  3. mentor2.0, a program with iMentor that brings technology-enriched one-to-one mentoring to high school students to give them guidance and support to graduate high school and succeed in college and life.

Why We’re Important to Young Pittsburgh

In spite of its size and its reach, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh still needs your help.

“We have over 200 kids on our waiting list and we’re already recruiting ‘bigs’ to be part of one of our three core programs,” explains Corporate Partnership and Events Manager Blaise Jenkins. “It takes about $1,200 to support a match for a year.”

Two thirds of our volunteers are young professionals--the biggest population that gets involved,” explains Baker. “It’s a great way to give back, and it’s so much fun. For all sorts of young professionals, even those who are new to the community, it’s a great way to open your eyes to all the amazing things that there are to do here in the community. And, you get to enjoy these activities with a 6-13 year old little who you genuinely care about while serving in this mentoring role, and while growing as a person yourself.”

“The money that we will be receiving through this event and through our fund raising primarily goes to support our three core programming areas,” explains Jenkins. “It really goes toward making the matches happen, supporting them for a year, and providing activities for the matches, providing the match support.”


How To Get Involved

Eager to learn more? Stop by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh section of Kickball for a Cause. You will have a chance to meet and interact with current “bigs” to hear what it's like to be a part of the organization, and to participate in games and activities as well.

Can’t make it to the event? There are lots of great ways to get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. The easiest way is to visit the website at http://www.bbbspgh.org or to check them out on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Not all participants have to participate in mentoring either—the organization is always looking for board members and donors as well.

 


 


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