Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area (BBBS) knows that right now is a hard time for the Sacramento, Yolo, and Placer county community. Many individuals or organizations aren’t in a place to give and those who are, are giving to COVID-19 and disaster relief efforts. Smaller non-profits, like BBBS, rely on the donations we receive from individuals and organizations throughout the year or through events that have either been cancelled or are unable to be planned. Due to this, BBBS wants to provide you with information on how to support organizations such as ours during these hard times!
Work Place Giving
Workplace giving is a great and easy way to donate to BBBS! Whether you pledge $1 or $50 per paycheck, your donation is unrestricted funding that helps us support meaningful one to one mentorships in your community. As an added bonus, it is tax deductible and many organizations offer a matching gift! To learn more about workplace giving, check with your HR department to learn if your employer has this option through United Way, Benevity, or other organizations.
Amazon Smile is the easiest way to give at no cost to the donor! When you buy anything on Amazon or Amazon Prime, use Amazon Smile, and .5% of your purchase goes to the charity of your choice. Follow the instructions below to learn more:
Sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser.
From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.
Order items as usual, and .5% of your purchase goes to that charity.
Big Day of Giving
Last year, we raised over $15,000 on Sacramento’s Big Day of Giving (BDOG)! This year BDOG is on May 7th. Given the current situation, we are hoping to bring in $10,000. And every bit helps! Please consider donating $5 -$50 to help BBBSGreaterSac keep their doors open to support and create meaningful mentorships that help the youth in your community reach their full potential! You can create a scheduled payment or pledge in our BDOG profile!
Bowl For Kids Sake Fundraiser
Create a team of four for our virtual bowling fundraiser, Bowling for Kid’s Sake, for only $50! Sign up here: Register a Team!
Since this is a virtual fundraiser, you will be emailed the bowling game to play with your team. Then you will submit your scores by email to BBBS 5PM on Monday, April 27th. The Team with the best score will win a prize!
If you have the means, please consider donating directly to BBBS. You can give a donation through our website: Donate Here. Or mail a check to our location: 800 Howe Avenue, Suite 440, Sacramento, CA 95825
Host a BBBS Fundraiser
If your organization is willing and able to organize a fundraiser or an event for our matches with BBBS, please reach out to us through at email@example.com or 916-602-1083.
Our thoughts go out to our community and all those who are struggling. We will get through this together. We are so grateful for your continued commitment and support of our vision that all youth achieve their full potential and help build interpersonal skills, avoid risky behaviors, and reach educational success!
March 30th Update: A Message from our CEO
I am in awe of the supportive messages we’ve received from national affiliates of BBBS and friends of BBBS-Greater Sacramento. It further illustrates what I’ve known all along, volunteer Big Brothers & Big Sisters are a special collection of some of the most good hearted and generous people on earth. These are difficult times for all of us and unfortunately it looks to just be the beginning.
We hope to provide match support and special offerings for outings as soon as it is safe for our community. Until then, we are in survival mode.
As much as possible, through email and social media posts we have provided ways for Big Brothers and Big Sisters to stay in touch with their Littles and families during this time of social distancing. We will continue to do so. I also want to be as transparent as possible about our financial stability. On Wednesday of last week, I had to lay off 50% of our staff. This is never an easy thing to do. Unfortunately, we are a nonprofit. As such, we are not sitting on a ton of liquid assets nor cash reserves in the event of a crisis or substantial decline in donations. If county, state and nationwide shelter in place directives stay in force for even a few more weeks than predicted it would continue to prevent us from being able to hold fundraisers and negatively impact the ability for even the most giving and generous amongst us to donate or pledge money to support our mission. The unfortunate consequence would have a huge impact on our ability to make payroll and keep our support staff.
Hours and hours were spent pouring over potential scenarios. Cutting payroll was the obvious answer that kept staring us in the face and is the only way to buy us time and give Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento a fighting chance to regroup, restructure and rebound stronger than ever once we all get through this crisis together. Thanks to recent Executive Orders regarding unemployment benefits as they related to businesses and nonprofits affected by COVID-19, our staff will be able to obtain the financial assistance they need much more quickly.
BBBS Sacramento will be prepared and ready to bounce back providing match support more than ever as soon as we can. We hope that you and your families are safe and healthy during these times. If you are in a position to donate and allow us to continue with our small staff working from home, please do so by visiting our website: www.bbbs-sac.org.
March 18th Update
Sacramento County health officials yesterday afternoon called on all residents, not just the elderly, to stay home effective immediately unless they have essential chores to do, such as grocery shopping, banking, food pickups, or health appointments. As such, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area asks all Big Brothers/Sisters, families, and volunteers at this time to please cancel/postpone any scheduled outings with your Littles until further notice. We will reassess proper next steps during the first week of April and send another update out to everyone on how best to proceed with outings or if we will continue to ask that they be postponed. In the meantime, we encourage all Bigs to be creative in staying connected to your Little in whatever way you feel most comfortable, are able to, and can do. Whether that be calling your Little, Facetiming with them, etc. There are lots of creative ways to stay connected so we encourage you to do so.
We are heeding the advice of public health officials, who believe this is what we as a community need to do to limit the number of community members who could be exposed to the illness and prevent our health care system from the real possibility of being overwhelmed. At the advice of the same public health officials, we encourage everyone in the BBBS Sacramento family to get outdoors for fresh air and exercise, when possible, as long as it’s a safe distance from others.
We appreciate your support and understanding during this unprecedented time. Please contact us at 916-646-9300 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.
March 13th Update
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento area is committed to keeping our Bigs, Littles, families, employees and supporters healthy and safe. We are currently taking steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
As families, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and volunteers of our program, we want to communicate openly with you about our procedures, plans and general tips for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
In effect now:
- The BBBSGreaterSac office will be closed, but phones will continue to be monitored until April 1st.
- BBBSGreaterSac will limit business-related travel and monitor recreational travel of all BBBSGreaterSac staff.
- We will continue to thoroughly clean the BBBSGreaterSac office.
- All match-related and agency events, including Match Intro Meetings, Big and Little interviews, match activities like Strikes for Kids bowling, etc. are postponed and will be re-evaluated on April 1st.
- Effective today, BBBSGreaterSac strongly recommends that all Bigs and Littles avoid in-person match outings until April 1st (at minimum) and instead focus on building a friendship through email, phone, text, FaceTime, etc. Please contact our office at 916-646-9300.
Be sure to review and follow the California Department of Health COVID-19 updates and recommendations here: Link
Thank you for your continued support of the BBBSGreaterSac mission and all you do to defend potential in our community.