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.

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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!

UPDATE ON BBBSGREATERSAC RESPONSE TO COVID-19

UPDATE ON BBBSGREATERSAC RESPONSE TO COVID-19

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.

In Service,


Dimtrius Stone
CEO

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 info@bbbs-sac.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.

Sincerely,

Dimtrius Stone
CEO

Let’s End the Mentorship Wait for Local Youth This #Giving Tuesday

Let’s End the Mentorship Wait for Local Youth This #Giving Tuesday

Big Brother Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento has over 150 children that are patiently waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister. Some children in our program have waited upwards to two years for a trusted adult mentor. Next Tuesday, join us on our quest to end the mentorship wait for Sacramento’s youth by helping us reach our Giving Season goal of $15,000!  

The Numbers Don’t Lie  

According to Kids Data, 27.2% of childrenin Sacramento, Placer, and Yolo counties, are living with a single parent (24%), a relative (2.5%) or have no parents are relatives present (.8%).  Although our local agency is proud of our accomplishment of garnering 207 active matches this year, the data reveals we’re merely scratching the surface of need, as our program is only serving .04% of these critical populations. 

Our mission in 2020 is to work together with our peer networks, local community, and volunteers to defend the power and promise of our youth.

Our 2020 Commitment  

In 2019, we increased enrolled volunteer mentors by 53%, matching 72 children with mentors, generating a total of 207 matches. Our agency has yielded tremendous growth in 2019 and in 2020 we plan to set our sights even higher, as we work to grow our volunteer base and work to increase the number of families we serve in Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties.

Funds received next Tuesday will power our growing workforce, allow us to engage with community partners in new, unprecedented ways, and most importantly, widen our reach as we focus on attracting volunteer mentors.  

Ways to Contribute on #GivingTuesday  

December 3rd is your day to put Sacramento’s youth first by supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters. Here are a few ways you can support our critical mission on #GivingTuesday

    1. Make a one-time donation  
    2. Consider monthly donations  
    3. Become a volunteer mentor  
    4. Share our mission and #GivingTueday, on Facebook and Twitter, with your family, friends, and your peer networks 

We hope that you will partner alongside our agency as we work to make a sizable impact on the power and promise of Sacramento’s youth. Learn more about Big Brother Big Sister of the Greater Sacramento Area, how we bring value to our local community, and how easy it is become a volunteer mentor