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donations in Utah

How Clothing Donations are Used by BBBSU

Clothing donations are one of the most helpful ways to support an organization like ours. By donating clothes to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, you’re helping our organization fund everything from resources for our Bigs (mentors) to the entire one-to-one mentoring program. BBBSU recognizes that without our donors, we wouldn’t be able to sustain the infrastructure necessary to defend the potential of the youth in the community.

Individuals can make all kinds of donations in Utah that help the community, but clothing donations have a significant impact on what we do. While it may not seem like much, donating unwanted clothes to us will, in turn, convert to other funds, help developing countries, and even protect our environment. Here’s how.

donations in Utah

CONVERTING CLOTHING DONATIONS TO FUNDS

 When you donate clothing, you might imagine the clothes will simply be reused, but that is not the case. Since 1995, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah has had an exclusive partnership with Savers Thrift Store, and through this partnership, we turn those clothing donations into dollars. As a result, the funds we receive end up coming back to our mentoring program and supporting our mission.

UNSOLD CLOTHING IS SENT TO DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

 We aim to support our mission by any means possible, and the clothing donations in Utah definitely help, but the contributions don’t stop there. With the clothes we cannot sell to Savers, we send them to developing countries. Sending these clothes to other countries is just another valuable way to salvage unwanted clothes. While we like the donations in Utah to primarily support the communities here, these developing countries benefit just as much from your contributions.

KEEPING CLOTHING OUT OF LANDFILLS

Beyond helping developing countries and receiving funds through our Savers partnership, the clothing donations we receive do even more.  In 2017, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah saw 4,918,231 pounds of converted items come through our donation bins, a lot of which came from clothes. In other words, as a community, we were able to protect our environment by keeping nearly 5 million pounds of unwanted clothes and items out of landfills.

There are a lot of ways to make donations in Utah, but with four major donation centers and even more donation bins spread throughout the state, making a clothing donation is one of the easiest ways to donate. And while simple things don’t always seem to make a big impact, your clothing donation truly helps us change the world.

Sources:

Brand Guide

Brochure: 2017 Facts

https://bbbsu.org/used-items-help-bbbsu/ — Facts

https://bbbsu.org/used-item-donations/ — How

https://bbbsli.org/big-brothers-big-sisters-clothing-donations/

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Five Reasons to Donate

The donations Utah residents provide us with are what makes our mission possible. Our donors understand what kind of influence our programs have on kids and the positive change it brings to each of our communities. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah looks to connect with and support the children in Utah through stable relationships with an adult mentor. From the contributions our mentors and donors provide, our organization receives the infrastructure necessary to support the youth and defend their potential.

To illustrate what these contributions do, here are five reasons you should donate.

donations Utah

DONATIONS SUPPORT OUR ORGANIZATION

As a non-profit organization, all of the donations we receive go toward things like supplies, activities, transportation, events, information technology, salaries and wages. In fact, we provide financial statements so you can know exactly where the donations Utah residents make are going. While the work of BBBS volunteers and employees change lives, if it weren’t for the generous donations, our organization would not exist.

GENEROSITY PASSES ON

 Not only do the donations support the mentoring, events and supplies for the children apart of our program, they also teach the youth a valuable lesson about generosity.  Whether it is years down the road or the next day, the influence generosity has on others will often push people to pass it forward in a cyclical way. With so many kids on the receiving end of someone else’s generosity, our BBBS Littles are more likely to pass it forward.

YOUTH WILL AVOID TROUBLE AND STAY SAFE

 Without a lot of good influence in the lives of young kids, they are more likely to get caught up in crippling and dangerous activities. The donations Utah residents provide BBBSU with give these kids an institute that supports them and keep them from heading down the wrong path. For example, when kids are trapped in a bad environment, they are more likely to act out in risky behavior. However, 84 percent of BBBSU Littles say that they are less likely to engage in risky behavior after being with their mentor for a year or more.

 DONATING STRENGTHENS YOUR PERSONAL VALUES

 As humans, we have a moral duty to help one another, and donating is one of the best ways to do this. Having the power to improve the lives of others is a powerful privilege that should not be taken for granted.

THE DOMINO EFFECT OF DONATING

 Every donation helps, and the donations Utah residents provide our organization with going further than just helping our programs and kids. Participating in a good cause often has a domino effect with those around you. When you donate, your influence encourages friends and family to do the same. The more people give back to their communities, the healthier the living circumstances become for our youth.

Making a financial donation online is the fastest and easiest way to support and be a part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters mission, but you can also donate clothing and other appropriate household items. Through the donations Utah residents provide, we are able to do what we love — defend the potential of the kids in our community!

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Long-Term Benefits of Mentoring a Child

Becoming a Big at Big Brothers Big Sisters means becoming a mentor who spends one-to-one time with kids facing more life obstacles than most others their age. The reason becoming a Big is one of the most fulfilling activities a volunteer could hope for is because all the benefits that come with watching a child reach their potential!

As a trustworthy adult looking for the different volunteer opportunities Utah offers its residents, There are multiple reasons as to why you should consider becoming a Big.

DARRYL’S STORY

There are a lot of awesome stories within the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, and one of those is Darryl’s story. As a child, Darryl’s single mother worked long hours, leaving him exposed to things like drug trafficking, human trafficking, truancy, gang activity and more. Knowing that she couldn’t protect him from all the negative neighborhood activity, Darryl’s mother enrolled him in BBBS in order for him to receive more positive influences.

After being paired with a Big couple, Greg and Barbara, Darryl notices how much time, encouragement, guidance and support he received from them. They’d go to baseball games, bring him lunch at school and even invite him and his mother to dinner. At the young age of 10, Greg and Barbara invited Darryl to their downtown office and allowed him to envision his own future. They simply supported the idea that he was smart, hardworking and could amount to anything! With his interest in science and math, Darryl learned about engineering through Greg and Barbara and it became is dream. Not only did Darryl go on to realize his dream of becoming an engineer but he also became a Big! Now, Darryl has started paying it forward and helps his own Little (mentee) develop more personality and social skills.

A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE

This is just one story. We have over 1300 kids enrolled in the Utah BBBS program, that over 1300 one-on-one volunteer opportunities Utah residents can jump on! The influence Greg and Barbara had on Darryl was life changing! Apart of his story, Darryl points out that kids in his neighborhood were always told the wrong things, breaking down their dreams. Fortunately for him, Darryl states that his dreams were nurtured and supported, helping him amount to the man he always could be. This is the kind of volunteer opportunity Utah Big Brother Big Sister gives you — YOU can change someone’s life for the better too!

LONG-LASTING AND PERSONAL CONNECTIONS

It’s not hard to see the benefits that adult mentors can have on kids, in fact, there are statistics showing improvement in character and academics, but there are benefits for the mentors as well. 84 percent of Littles report that they are less likely to behave in risky behavior thanks to the influence of their Bigs. In addition, 94 percent feel like they are more accepted socially. As for the Bigs, they get to create real, long-lasting bonds. The influence of this personal connection and interaction is something that they get to eye-witness for years to come!

Utah volunteer opportunities are plentiful, but there aren’t many like the personal mentoring program like Big Brothers Big Sisters’. Get involved with the best volunteer opportunity Utah can offer by becoming a Big! If that is too big of a commitment, there are other opportunities to defend the potential of Littles in the community at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah. Whatever it is you are looking for, choose to stand with us today!

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Mentoring and the Difference it Makes

In 2018, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah served 1,309 children across the state. This number is great, but there are more volunteer opportunities Utah citizens can make with BBBS that will further change the lives of our youth. However, some of you might be unsure what mentoring is and what impact it has on kids.

WHAT MENTORING IS

Since 1978, BBBS has instituted a system that gives kids who are facing challenging circumstances in Utah an additional adult role model outside of their parents. When a child is enrolled in the program, we match them with a fitting and trusted adult who will take time to spend one-to-one time with a child in the program. We call these adults, or mentors, Bigs, and the kids, Littles. A Big will reach out to their Little on a regular basis and simply spend time with them. Some common activities include going for a walk, hitting a bucket of golf balls at a driving range, listening to music, reading together or going to a museum. More important than the event is the example and interaction our Bigs have on the Littles.

WHY KIDS NEED MENTORS

The volunteer opportunities Utah citizens have are not always recognized, but that doesn’t mean that the need for them does not exist. For example, of the 1,309 children we supported last year, 80 percent of them are living in poverty, 48 percent are living in single-parent households, 10 percent have an incarcerated parent and 6 percent are refugees. Outside of Utah’s BBBS program, 90,000 kids ages 6-18 live in poverty, 44,000 experience separation from a parent due to incarceration and 24,000 are refugee kids.

These living conditions are proven to make it more difficult for kids to go on to have a healthier and more successful life. In fact, the #1 cause of death among Utah youth between the ages of 11 and 17 is suicide. Through interaction with an additional adult role model, these kids are less likely to engage in risky behavior and more likely to reach their potential.

WHAT IMPACT MENTORING HAS

With years of volunteer help from the good people of Utah, we have been able to see a significant impact on our Littles. Mentored youth maintain better attitudes about school, have better attendance and are more likely to pursue higher education. In addition, Littles who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are 55 percent more likely to enroll in college. From the example set by trusted Bigs, our Littles are more prepared for college, future careers and helping develop the future workplace talent pipeline. None of this would happen if it wasn’t for our supportive Bigs taking advantage of the volunteer opportunities Utah BBBS provides.

HOW TO BECOME A DEFENDER OF POTENTIAL

There are a plethora of volunteer opportunities Utah citizens can find, but few are as fulfilling and manageable as becoming a Big. Any trustworthy adult can change the life of a young kid by becoming a Big. Stand with us by going to our Volunteer Page and become a defender of potential today!

Sources:

Brochure — Our mission is urgent

Brochure — Our Littles

Brochure — Our Impact is Significant

Brochure — 2018 Site-Based Mentoring

Website — About Us

Why Donations Matter

At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, we believe that every child has the potential to achieve greatness, but sometimes that potential isn’t realized without proper support. Through our programs, we empower kids all over the state, but we wouldn’t be able to do this without the wonderful donations Utah residents provide us with — the support we receive from people like you is what keeps our mission alive.

There are a variety of reasons as to why donations are so crucial to our operation, and we want to share some of them with you.

HOW YOUR DONATIONS HELP

 Since 1978, BBBSU has been working with companies and Utah residents in order to find ways to help kids in the community. For example, since 1995, our organization has gathered used clothing and small household items and then sold them to Savers. When it comes to the monetary donations Utah residents offer us, as expected, 100 percent of the funds support the one-to-one mentoring programs we facilitate. To give a little perspective, the average volunteer’s time is worth about $25 per hour, and with the 100,000 hours spent in one-to-one activities last year alone, our donors helped support the mentoring program’s $2.7 million cost. Outside of the contributions these donations make for our organization, the physical donations Utah residents send us are usually used items, and as a result, four million pounds of waste is kept out of landfills each year.

THE DIFFERENT WAYS TO DONATE

 The donations Utah residents give us are vital to everything we do. Typically, these donations come in as either a monetary sum or a physical donation of clothing or some other household item. To make monetary donations, donors can support our mission by submitting their contributions online. For household items and clothing, BBBS has three different ways donors can give what they want to our program: donation bins, staffed donation facilities and scheduled onsite pick-ups. We have staffed facilities and donation bins scattered across the state and you can simply come by and drop off what you want. If that is difficult, you can schedule a pick-up from your house and we’ll come to you to pick up your physical donation(s) for free (the item(s) must fall under our approved selection of physical donations)!

PHYSICAL DONATIONS WE ACCEPT AND DON’T ACCEPT

 When we say, you can donate “household items and clothing,” we mean the following:

  • Clothing
  • Clothing accessories
  • Personal accessories
  • Toys
  • Media
  • Kitchenware
  • Books

 The items that we will not take are:

  • Large appliances
  • Automobile parts
  • Large furniture
  • Mattresses and box springs
  • Construction materials
  • Hazardous waste
  • Flammable products

 Donations are what enables us to give children a chance to grow as individuals and every little bit helps our organization greatly. Don’t wait, start empowering children in our community today!

 Source:

https://bbbsu.org/used-items-help-bbbsu/

Brochure — Our Revenue Sources

Mentos Forms $100,000 National Partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

CONTACT:
Stephanie A. Creech
Communications Manager
Office:  859.283.8646
Mobile: 859.786.8380

[email protected]

CONTACT:
Lauren Klinger
Communications Manager
Office:  813.605.7425

[email protected]

 

Mentos Forms $100,000 National Partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Campaign to Run August 1 through October 31

 

ERLANGER, KY –  Mentos stands for fresh connections – always has. And, this year, Mentos is taking that commitment to fresh connections even further.

“We’re going to help the MILLIONS of people who buy Mentos not only make fresh connections but also Pay It Forward for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America,” said Sylvia Buxton, Vice President Marketing for Perfetti Van Melle, the manufacturer and marketer of Mentos.

With the new limited edition Mentos “Say Hello” mints, Mentos

has turned every mint into a way to Say Hello, to make a fresh connection. Each mint in the roll of Mentos Say Hello includes a way to connect, to Say Hello. Messaging on the mints includes suggestions such as fist bump, play rock-paper-scissors, give a high five and many more.

But that’s not all! From August 1 through October 31, by participating in the Mentos Say Hello text campaign – found on displays in retailers throughout the US –  Mentos is giving shoppers the chance to Pay It Forward for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Through this campaign, Mentos is donating $100,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

“Every day, Big Brothers Big Sisters Affiliates in every state across the country create meaningful, supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships between young people and caring adult volunteers. These connections change lives and inspire youth to reach their full potential. We are proud to partner with Mentos as they introduce their campaign to create connections,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President and CEO Pam Iorio.

During this year’s back-to-school season, shoppers can do their part to support this campaign simply by accessing and sharing discount coupons for Mentos Say Hello mints.

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How does it work?

Starting August 1, shoppers will see Mentos Say Hello/Pay it Forward displays in thousands of stores across the country with instructions on how to participate.

  • Shoppers can text the word “Mentos” to a designated code to receive a digital Mentos Coupon.
  • And for everyone who makes that initial coupon text, Mentos will
    “Pay it Forward” by donating to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
  • Mentos has committed to donating up to $100,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

About Mentos
Mentos is in 159 countries on this planet alone, so it’s fair to say Mentos is a global brand. Mentos comes in a lot of different shapes, flavors, and sizes, so there’s something for everyone and every taste.  A lot of other brands out there obsess about what makes us all different; we’d rather explore the things we have in common. The Mentos brand is well-known. And it’s well-loved too.  So wherever you go, one thing you can be sure of when you meet someone new is that they love Mentos. This means that if you have Mentos in your hand, you have the ultimate conversation starter, a sure way to make a connection. All you need to do is offer. After all –

Who says no to Mentos?

 

About Perfetti Van Melle
Perfetti Van Melle Benelux B.V. is a privately owned global company that was established in March 2001 through the merger of Perfetti SpA and Van Melle B.V. Perfetti Van Melle manufactures and distributes sugar confectionery and chewing gum products in more than 150 countries. Today Perfetti Van Melle is one of the world’s largest confectionery groups, marketing highly renowned brands such as Mentos, Frisk, Chupa Chups, Smint, Fruittella, Alpenliebe, Golia, Vivdent, Airheads, Happydent & Big Babol. The Group has corporate headquarters in Italy and The Netherlands. U.S. operations are solely operated out of Erlanger, KY.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Big Brothers Big Sisters ensures that the children in its program achieve measurable outcomes, including educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 114-year history. With 275 affiliates across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters has served nearly 2 million children (“Littles”) in the past 10 years. Learn more at www.bigbrothersbigsisters.org.

A Letter to The Editor: Park Record

June 18, 2018

Nonprofit grateful for Park City’s support

Editor:

As a proud supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, I am thrilled to hear that they are one of the top three finalists to receive the Women’s Giving Fund grant in 2018. BBBS of Utah is leading the charge as it relates to changing lives through mentoring.

The staff and volunteers here in Park City are working diligently to create Community-Based and School-Based matches, which directly impacts the youth in our community. In an ideal world, all children that are waiting to be matched would receive a “Big” right away but unfortunately due to lack of funds, there are many “Littles” on the waiting list who are anxiously awaiting finding their match. Data shows that mentors help youth develop social acceptance, educational competence, grades, trust in adults etc. The list goes on!

If BBBS of Utah received the Women’s Giving Grant Fund, many new matches could be made helping the youth in our backyard excel to greatness. A BIG “Thank You” goes out to the Park City Community Foundation for bringing the community together as it relates to giving. We are so very lucky to have the foundation here in our backyard and actively involved creating a stronger Park City. Additionally, a BIG “Thank You” also goes out to Vail Resort for funding the Women’s Giving Fund through their EpicPromise program.

Lydia Rupnow

BBBS Board Member

Shawna & Kathi’s Lifelong Friendship

Shawna’s parents divorced when she was five. Her mother Kim was doing her best, caring for Shawna and her brother, going to school—working long hours while she earned her teaching certificate. Kim had many sleepless nights worrying about what she could do for her kids while she was studying and working to earn a living for the family.

Kim had heard about Big Brothers Big Sisters—a specialized program that provided a professionally supported one-to- one relationship with a caring adult mentor. One of Kim’s concerns was inviting another woman, a complete stranger, into Shawna’s life. How would she know that Shawna would be safe? In the long term, would Shawna’s natural affection for her change? Would a mentor take her place as a mother? Her kids needed to be around people who would care deeply for them— listen and help them through the difficult years ahead. After her first meeting in her home with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Kim was greatly relieved. She knew her kids would be safe because of the ways BBBS specialists screened all potential volunteers. The volunteer’s role was thoroughly explained. The mentor wasn’t there to take the place of the parent. Mentors are expected to offer emotional support, guidance and to be a positive role model.

When Kim asked Shawna if she’d like to have a Big Sister to go on outings and hang out, Shawna didn’t hesitate to say yes. Steve, the enrollment specialist at the Big Brothers Big Sisters, matched Shawna with Kathi on September 7, 1992. Big Sister Kathi had been through rough years in her life. She decided the best way to cope with her pain and loneliness was to reach out, give back and apply her energies in a positive direction.

“Shawna gives me a fresh perspective to life,” was the comment Kathi made about the match in its early stages. They enjoyed watching movies together, sang all kinds of songs, baked cookies and cakes and played outside with Kathi’s hound dog Sam. Their favorite activity was cross-stitching. The idea of making a nice warm blanket to keep out the cold happened quite naturally. Their friendship was expressed well in a simple statement by Shawna to a BBBS support specialist. She said she “felt happier and more excited!”

Kathi and Shawna’s relationship continued to thrive and blossom in the months and years to follow. In May of 1993, they were named the “Match of the Month” for Big Brothers Big Sisters and their picture appeared in the agency newsletter. Their prize was dinner for two at the Sizzler, an outing they will always remember. Not long afterward they were awarded the high honor of “Match of the Year.” After being matched for approximately three years, Kathi went through a divorce. Her children were grown and no longer living at home. That Christmas could have been the most lonesome holiday ever for Kathi. She just couldn’t conjure up any Christmas spirit and had no desire to put up her Christmas tree. Shawna wouldn’t accept that excuse. She asked Kathi where she kept her tree, immediately dug it out of the closet, laid the parts on the living room floor and showed Kathi how she could put it up all by herself. That Christmas turned out to be more memorable than many holidays before Kathi met Shawna. The following spring Kathi taught Shawna how to ride a bike, a major milestone.

Now, twenty-six years later, Shawna looks back and talks about her relationship with Kathi as something that was “meant to happen,” mainly because they still keep in touch, plan visits with each other’s family and love every minute. She proudly talks about Kathi and her Mom Kim having grown very close over the years. Kim is deeply grateful for Kathi’s devotion to her daughter and her decision to be present throughout Shawna’s life— birthdays, helping with school projects, setting goals, developing good friendships, successes, fears, and dealing with disappointments—for all the ways Kathi stood by them through the ups and downs of her family’s experience. The framed “Memories” collage Shawna spent many hours making as a birthday gift is now and will always be hanging on Kathi’s front room wall. It portrays Shawna and Kathi’s life together—moving images of how their relationship developed and still thrives. A piece of the blanket they cross-stiched together when Shawna was a little girl adds another element of warmth to the stories told in each picture.

When Shawna attended high school, she and Kathi didn’t see each for over two years. Kathi moved to Las Vegas and Kim had taken her family to Scotts Bluff, Nebraska for a teaching job. Before the end of her senior year Shawna called Kathi to invite her to her graduation. Kathi immediately booked plane tickets and traveled from Las Vegas to Scotts Bluff for the biggest event in Shawna’s life.

After Shawna graduated from high school, Kim decided to move the family from Scotts Bluff to Tooele, Utah. Shawna has thrived in Utah, working her way up to Assistant Manager of a Walmart Supercenter in Salt Lake City. A recent Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraising event called Bowl For Kids Sake gave Shawna an opportunity to give back to the cause that has made such an impact on her life. She and the other store managers decided to encourage their associates to volunteer their time on a Saturday to raise money Big Brothers Big Sisters. The Walmart foundation offers a program called “Volunteerism Always Pays” (VAP), providing funding to non-profit organizations their associates choose to support. The collective hours they donate are applied directly to help more children in the community be matched with a caring mentor.

Kathi and Shawna’s mutual admiration has spread to nearly every member of their respective famil Shawna met her husband Sean at work over eight years ago. For Shawna and Sean’s wedding, Kathi hosted a brunch for the entire wedding party at her home and helped with many of the advance arrangements. The wedding was a grand celebration. Kathi’s son and daughter came from Logan, Utah and Denver, Colorado, and with all the extended family, honored Shawna’s and Sean’s marriage. This is the way both families continue see their relationships- natural and familiar.

Shawna and Kim came to Las Vegas when Kathi married Gene eighteen years ago and Gene is now a loving grandfather figure to Evan, Shawna and Sean’s precocious boy everyone loves to spoil. Shawna smiles as she talks about their family trip to Las Vegas to see Kathi and Gene. She pulls out her cell phone and clicks on a video clip of Gene pulling Evan in his stroller behind his motorized wheelchair, his cane the connecting link― a simple but perfect picture of caring relationships growing across generations. Shawna and Kathi’s match over 26 years ago was just the beginning of a beautiful story.

BBBSU is celebrating 40 years of mentoring!

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah is celebrating 40 years of changing lives through mentoring in 2018! BBBSU has worked to help Utah children who face adversity by bringing caring role models into their life that give them the opportunity to reach their full potential. So much has happened in the last 40 years! Numerous children helped. Many awards won. So many exciting events and fundraisers!

One of the first fundraising events that was organized was Bowl for Kids’ Sake in 1984. This event is now, usually held in March & April and this year, it’s beginning March 3rd! Proceeds will go towards funding programs for one-to-one mentoring. Participants help raise money and then enjoy free bowling, pizza, and can win fun prizes! After 34 years, the event is still going strong and has been quite successful!

Among the many awards won for achievement and excellence, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah was first recognized for outstanding public service in 1988, receiving the highest honor through the Governor’s Award for Excellence. The Governor’s Award for Excellence rewards accomplishments that reflect positively on the state of Utah.

In 1994, a partnership with Savers Thrift Stores began which assisted in the opening of donation centers throughout the state over the last 24 years. The purpose of these donations centers are to collect gently-used clothing and household goods that can be sold to Savers Thrift, and in turn, fund about 25% of mentoring program expenses. 

Before 1999, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah only provided community-based programs that allowed Bigs and Littles to explore their communities together and create their own schedules. Then, Salt Lake City introduced site-based mentoring which allows Bigs to visit their Littles same time, same day at school or an after-school program. This program allows the Bigs schedule to be more consistent and to to be better involved in their Little’s schoolwork.

10 years ago, BBBSU began a partnership with the Beehive Chefs Association and introduced the Chef & Child Gala. This is probably one of the most exciting and delicious events that is held all year! Renowned chefs offer their time and culinary skills at this yearly fundraiser and provide many unique culinary treats for donors and supporters. There is always a lively atmosphere with live music, great conversation, and a silent and live auction that really gets people excited! 

Here are a few other grand achievements! For the past few years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah has been recognized by Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America as a pinnacle agency. To qualify, agencies must increase their revenue by at least 5 percent, grow their overall number of matches for two or more consecutive years, and meet or exceed several important quality metrics. In 2011, BBBSU received the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in the Workplace Flexibility. In 2015, the United Way of Salt Lake Promise Partner of the Year award was given to BBBSU and in 2017, the Ethical Leadership Award for Nonprofits from the Daniels Fund was awarded.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Utah has accomplished so much over the last 40 years and is proud of the growth that has been made. It will be exciting to see what the future has in store for this amazing organization. 

 

Match Story: Big Mamadou & Little Martin

Mamadou knows what it is like to have a Big Brother because he was a Little Brother from 2007-2012! Because of the impact his Big Brother had on his life, Mamadou decided to pay it forward and become a mentor himself.

Little Brother Martin said he is really lucky to have such a wonderful big brother because his Big Brother is a “positive, generous and nice person”. He said that having a Big Brother in his life is most important when he just needs someone to call for advice. Mamadou knows that he is having a positive impact on Martin.

They say they know their friendship will last a lifetime.