Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington would like to invite the public to attend the BIG Brunch fundraiser, taking place Wednesday, January 25th, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Hotel RL in Olympia. The event is free to attend, however a minimum donation of $100 per person would be greatly appreciated. Funds raised will go directly towards the professional support of the friendships between Bigs and Littles.
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Eighteen years ago Heather decided she didn’t want to be like every other twenty-something she knew, she wanted to do something meaningful with her spare time. She decided to volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington by becoming a Big Sister.
Not long after completing the application process, Heather found herself matched with 14-year-old Brita.
Eleven year-old Ari looks forward to every Thursday. That’s the day she gets to meet with her Big (mentor), Wendy. The two meet over Ari’s lunch hour and do simple activities such as playing cards, board games, or talking about their shared interest of birds. They were matched as part of the Military Student Mentoring program, a partnership of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington and North Thurston Public Schools.
Sam was 7-years-old and living at home with a single mother who enrolled him in hopes of finding a Big Brother who would spend time with him. He was introduced to a Big Brother through a counselor at his local school. Jim would meet with Sam every week and sometimes wondered if Sam really wanted to hang out with him. Sam was quiet and took some time to open up.
Today Jim and Sam are best buddies. Sam is now a talkative and creative 15-year-old. One of his favorite things to do with his Big Brother is hang out at Jim’s house and eat grilled cheese sandwiches. Jim taught him how to ride a bike. This summer Sam will travel to Washington D.C. as a winner of a nationwide art contest.
Bowl For Kids’ Sake, an annual fundraiser benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington, got its start in 1999 in Olympia. For 17 years, enthusiastic supporters of Big Brothers Big Sisters, have rallied their friends and families to either join their team or pledge money to support the agency’s mission of providing professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring for children facing adversity.