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Covid-19 Testing and Vaccination Information

Covid-19 Vaccination Hub

 Are you having trouble finding a COVID-19 vaccination center? Click here to visit Vaccine finder for help finding clinics and pharmacies providing vaccinations. You can filter your results based on the type of vaccination and distance you are willing to travel. Once you have entered your zip code, you will be provided with a list of available locations and a notification as to whether the location has vaccine doses in stock. 

The COVID-19 Pandemic has made accessing free or reduced cost programs much more difficult. Findhelp.org places all programs into one easy to use website. Click here and type in your zip code and easily access information for food assistance, housing assistance, health, transit, and more! They proudly provide information for 2,850 programs in the Sacramento area! 

Walk-Thru Clinics

California Northstate University

Sacramento County

Please make sure to check the university and county websites for directions.

Drive-Thru Clinics

Natomas High School – appointments are posted online every Tuesday at 9 AM. If you have questions, please email nusdcovidvaccinations@natomasunified.org.

Covid-19 Testing Sites

The State of California has a detailed page including information pertaining to your specific county, testing locations, and vaccine information. Click here for the California State information. And view information pertaining to your county using the links below:

Sacramento County

Placer County

Yolo County

 California Covid-19 Hotline: 1833-422-4255 

 

STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math for youth

If you are looking to help your child with Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math, STEM, Square Root Academy helps under-represented youth achieve academic excellence. For more information, visit the Square Root Academy here or contact admin@squarerootacademy.com.

Khan Academy is a free too to help your child with STEM subjects. Click here to learn more.

 

Experience Sacramento

Visit Sacramento 365 to find specific activities both out in the community or streamed online. Explore age-specific festivals, performances, and activities all summer long!

 

Online Activities

Sacramento Public Library

The Sacramento Public Library hosts virtual activities fun for all ages. Every Wednesday and Thursday at 3:30pm youth can log in to the library’s Virtual Homework Zone where high school volunteer tutors are available to answer your child’s homework questions. The library also hosts virtual story times, book clubs, and skill-building workshops. A full calendar of Events can be found by clicking here.

 

Safety and Wellness Resources

Cyber Bullying

With the virtual world leading the way, cyber bullying can be a huge threat to our youth. 

Dating Violence

Some of our older Littles may be starting to date. It is important for our parents, guardians, and Littles to recognize the signs of dating violence and have open conversations about the meaning of consent. Click here to visit My Sisters House to learn more.

Mental Health Support

Sacramento Youth Mental Health provides resources and videos to help teens deal with mental health struggles. The webinars available for viewing present topics specifically relating to COVID-19 distress, including youth-specific wellness practices in the webinar “Dealing with Distress During Distance Learning” and general resources for coping such as mindfulness apps and even a chatroom for LGBT+ youth looking to find acceptance. Click here to check out their resources.  

National Alliance on Mental Illness provides guides for suicide prevention, self-care, navigating a mental health crisis, and more! You can text NAMI to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor 24/7 or call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Click here to learn more.

Lighthouse Counceling & Family Resource Center is a resource for Lincoln and Roseville residents. They offer no-to-low cost services provided in both English and Spanish.

Opioid Resources

Sacramento County Opioid Coalition: Click here to learn more.

Marijuana and Alcohol Prevention Resources

Sacramento County Coalition for Youth’s Future Forward initiative provides facts and resources for substance use prevention for both teens and parents. The website provides guardians and mentors with resources such as conversation starters to begin talking to youth about the dangers of consumption. Visit Sacramento County Coalition for Youth here for more information. 

Resource for mental health, avoiding risky behavior, and academics

Visit OMNI Youth Resources for resources and support here.

“CA Meals for Kids” App

The State of California has created a free mobile app which connects students and families facing food insecurity with sites that are providing meals. You can download the CA Meals for Kids app on Google’s Play Store or Apple’s Apple Store. 

COVID-19 Resources for DREAMERS and Undocumented Immigrants

The UnDocuScholars Research team at UCLA has created a resource for undocumented immigrants looking for emergency assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. The team has put together both nationwide and state-specific resources and emergency funds. Check out the document here.

211 Hotline

Millions of people in the United States experience food, housing, and financial insecurity every year.  Whether you need help paying one bill or many, or are looking for information to help someone else, you are not alone. Your local 211 agency has the most up-to-date information about local assistance that may be available to you. Simply call 211 to speak to someone now.

Women’s Resources

Millions Wellspring Women’s Center in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood serves  nearly 200 women and children each weekday and offers four different programs: the Nutritious Meal Program, the Children’s Corners Program, the Safety Net Services Program, and the Women’s Wellness Program. Click HERE to learn more about what they have to offer.

 

BBBS Additional Support

Match Support

If you need support or help with your current match, please reach out to your Match Support Specialist: 

Do not forget to Like, Subscribe, and Comment on our social media pages!

We consistently post additional resources on our social media platforms.

Instagram: @bbbsgreatersac 

Facebook: @BigBrothersBigSistersGreaterSacramento 

Twitter: @BBBSGreaterSac 

LinkedIn: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area

Event Recap: The Biggest Little Virtual Gala

Event Recap: The Biggest Little Virtual Gala

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area (BBBS) hosted their first-ever Biggest Little Virtual Gala on Saturday, December 12th.  Joined by over 100 supporters, friends and partners, CEO Dimitrius Stone and Pacific Auction Company emcee Steve Godfryd hosted an evening full of inspiration and fun, celebrating the impact that BBBS has on the community.

The Main Event

Dimitrius opened the evening by sharing the mission of Big Brother Big Sisters and showed us a fun video of our very own BBBS match Braylin and Kevin, where they reflected on their time together. Steve started off the live auction with inspiring enthusiasm, followed by a video about the impact of mentoring that left few dry eyes in the audience. We rounded out the evening with our traditional “Fund a Need” ask and closed with a fun game called “Last Hero”, where donors participated in a friendly competition to see who could make the final donation of the night!

If you happened to miss the evening, you can still enjoy all of the stories and enthusiasm in the video below!

Check out the Biggest Little Virtual Gala Here!

The Impact

Thank you to everyone who tuned in to our Biggest Little Virtual Gala. Together, you made it possible to surpass our goal of $30,000 and raise an incredible $50.000 to support youth in our community! This event was critical to raise funds to help grow the BBBS program and support over 400 Littles who are currently waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister.  You are truly defenders of potential and we couldn’t be more grateful.

Additional Thanks

The Biggest Little Virtual Gala was made possible only with the support of our community and we want to extend a special thank you to our sponsors Western Health Advantage, SMUD, Downey Brand, and Golden1. In addition to our sponsors, we want to express our sincere appreciation to Steve Godfryd and his team at Pacific Auction Company who supported BBBS throughout the entirety of our virtual gala.

Looking back at BBBS in the news in 2020

Looking back at BBBS in the news in 2020

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area (BBBS) had an exciting run in the media over the last few months. CEO, Dimitrius Stone, and a few of our matches have spoken to multiple media personalities to talk about the direction of our program, upcoming events, and the exciting future of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Check them out below and get ready to be inspired to learn more and support the mission to change lives through one-to-one mentoring for youth in your community.

December: CBS13 with United Way California Capitol Region and US Bank

United Way California Capitol Region and US Bank teamed up to deliver blankets, scarves, hats, and gloves for the Little Brothers and Little Sisters in the BBBS program for their holiday gifts. CBS 13 shared this delivery story on December 15th, check out the story and interviews with Jason Park with US Bank and a BBBS Board Member, and Dimitrius Stone, the BBBS CEO in the link below.

Check out the video here!

November: Bonneville Radio

An interview between Dimitrius Stone and Bonneville Radio aired on all four stations (105.1 KNCI, Mix 96, Now 100.5 & Sports 1140) on November 16th to discuss the importance of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and how it helps the Little Brothers and Sisters understand that they are not alone and help set them up for success. Listen to it by clicking play below.

 

September: Access Local TV

Access Local TV interviewed Dimitrius about our exhilarating Over the Edge fundraiser, where supporters will raise $1,000 to rappel down the 16-story Residence Inn in downtown Sacramento. Since the article came out, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the event until August 7th, 2021 due to city restrictions related to COVID-19. Supporters can still learn more about signing up to be an edger and check out the article using the buttons below.

View the article here!

August: Non Profit Podcast Network

CEO Dimitrius Stone and Big Sister Natasha participated in a podcast interview with Jeff Holden on the Non Profit Podcast Network. Dimitrius spoke of his experience as a Big Brother and his plans for Big Brothers Big Sisters to broaden the impact of the programs in the communities served. Natasha talked about her touching experience as a Big Sister through the amazing and challenging times with her Little Sister, she also shared inspiring changes she has seen over the past few months. You can listen to this tearjerker podcast using the button below.

Listen to the podcast here!

July: CBS13 Interview with Chris Hill

CEO Dimitrius Stone, Little Brother Maliq, and Big Brother Ted enjoyed interviewing with Chris Hill from CBS 13 about how the Big Brothers Big Sister matches and organization are overcoming the hurdles of COVID-19. Maliq and Ted shared how they adjusted from their exciting outdoor activities to a more virtual way of staying connected, including working on calculus together. Despite all odds, Maliq states “Knowing mine and Ted’s mindset we’ll always overcome any challenge that we face”. Check out this uplifting message using the button below.

View the interview video here!

March: Sacramento Business Journal

In early spring, Sacramento Business Journal made the exciting announcement that Dimitrius Stone was the new CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area through a press release. Dimitrius Stone has been a Big Brother in the program for over five years, demonstrating he has lived and breathed the mission for years. In addition, he has experience as a Director of Programs at PRO Youth and Families, making him a perfect fit for the position. Check out the article in the button below.

Read about the announcement here!

The Big Brothers Big Sisters family hopes these videos, articles, and podcasts inspire you to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters mission as much as they inspire us to continue to fight for the potential of youth in our community. We love having the opportunity to share the story of our matches and appreciate your support.

Join our mailing list to keep up to date on match stories, updates, and events by clicking subscribe to our newsletter below.

Program Covid-19 Liability Waiver

Program Covid-19 Liability Waiver

Dear Big Brothers Big Sisters Families and Bigs,
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We are excited that many of our matches are meeting up to do fun activities. We want to stress that it is important that all parties be comfortable with meeting up before proceeding to schedule an outing.
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If Bigs and Littles plan on meeting up we must have a liability waiver signed prior to your next outing. Please take the time to review and sign the documents using one of the two options below:
Email or drop off the Covid19 Liability Waiver PDF file.
Electronically sign HERE.
This is required for both the Big and the Little (Parent/guardian) prior to your next match outing.
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If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your match support specialist. Thank you!
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Sincerely,
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BBBS Program Team
A Statement on Defending Potential from our CEO

A Statement on Defending Potential from our CEO

Dear Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Family,

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) wants to take the time to acknowledge all our volunteers and families for their resilience and unity during these times of healthcare uncertainty and societal unrest. Big Brothers Big Sisters wants you as well as the world to know that we as an organization denounce all racism, inequality, and police brutality.

At this historic moment, when change can be felt, what actions can Big Brothers Big Sisters take to strengthen and elevate our work with youth?

First, we must take every opportunity to continue to denounce racism, bigotry, inequality and prejudice. Defending potential means we openly and consistently address the systemic barriers children face. Racism is part of the trauma in many young lives. We must name it and act upon it every single day.

Second, we will create trainings for our volunteer Bigs and our BBBS staff members across the country so that they can be best equipped to talk to their Littles about this prevalence of violence and racism. We don’t want to compound trauma in our youth by being ill-equipped or misinformed on how to best support our Littles.

Third, this is an opportunity to examine and improve upon our Bigs with Badges program. This program is designed to develop strong one-to-one relationships between police officers and our Littles. The vision of the program is to provide a structure within our mission to help disarm bigotry, racism, and preconceived stereotypes at all levels. It is connecting police officers to the young people they serve, for a better appreciation of communities, families, and the adverse conditions many live with every day. In turn the Littles and their families have the opportunity to interact with a law enforcement officer outside of their duties and realize that they are normal, caring people who want to spread some good in the world. We are working on ways this important program can be improved and towards that end, we will examine how we can be advocates for change in our local communities and how this program can better serve young people.

Fourth, we will engage in a dialogue with each of our funding partners to ensure that our respective values on racial justice and equity are aligned. We are an inclusive and equitable organization that values everyone from our staff to board members, donors and especially volunteers, and Littles. Our partners must embrace the differences and the uniqueness of all people who will help support our organization in building bridges and igniting, empowering, and defending the potential of the youth we serve. All of us as human beings are works in progress; learning, evolving, and changing. We must leverage this moment in our nation’s history to make progress together.

This is just the beginning of what Big Brothers Big Sisters can accomplish. The list will expand as all of you, individually and collectively, add to the ideas that can be implemented. “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

As always, it is an honor to work with all of you. We have all been given this opportunity to lead and defend the potential of all youth, and to stand against racism, bigotry and prejudice to help make our country a place where there truly is liberty and justice for all.

Onward,

Dimitrius Stone
Chief Executive Officer – Big Brother to Hyland since 2013

Ways to Support BBBSGreaterSac!

Ways to Support BBBSGreaterSac!

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

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!

Give Directly

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 info@bbbs-sac.org or 916-602-1083.

Conclusion

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!