Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington Welcomes Jeff Engle as New CEO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 8, 2017

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington Welcomes Jeff Engle as New CEO

OLYMPIA – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington today announced the selection of Jeff Engle as the new CEO.

“We’re very excited to have Jeff on board,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters Board President Mark Boyer. “It was a tough selection process. We had a lot of highly qualified applicants, but ultimately felt that Jeff’s professional experience and personal investment in the community made him the best candidate.”

Engle has an extensive background in management and business development. He is also very familiar with the mission and values of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington as he has served as a Big Brother since 2012.

 “I am fortunate to have the opportunity to serve with a very talented and passionate group of individuals that live the mission every day,” says Engle. “I have experienced firsthand the positive affect mentoring has on at-risk youth and the vital role that Big Brothers Big Sisters plays in the community. I look forward to continuing the great work of the organization, expanding services within our five-county service area, recruiting more community members to volunteer as mentors, and ensuring the agency is fiscally sound.”

Engle and his wife Cheryl Selby reside in Olympia. They are active in the community supporting numerous local organizations. In addition, Jeff enjoys tennis, hiking, golf, travel and being a grandfather in his spare time.

Engle has begun the transition process and will assume full responsibility on September 1.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington

Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

We serve children and youth ages 5-18 years old in the region of Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Pacific, and Grays Harbor counties. We are one of the only evidence-based, volunteer supported organizations that does not charge a fee to the children or families that we serve.

To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington, please visit our website and like us on Facebook.

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The BIG Newsletter: March 2017

This issue:
• BIG Brunch: a BIG Success
• St Patrick’s Day Shenanigans
• Exciting Upcoming Events:
Bowling & John Michael
Montgomery in Concert
• Mentoring Troubled Youth:
YouthImpact Project
• Gold Star Youth Mentorship:
Serving the Children of Our
Fallen Service Members
• Girl Power: A Match Story
• Featured Waiting Little

2017 Big Brunch

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.

Heather and Brita Match Story

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.

Military Mentoring

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.

Big Things Happen

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.

2016 Bowl for Kids’ Sake

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.