Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-West Durham

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-West Durham

The Covid-19 pandemic hit our community right as our peak fundraising season was to start up.  BBBS was negatively impacted by the cancellation of our Annual Signature Bowl for Kids’ Sake event, closure of our Social Enterprise and postponement of third party events.  As a result, BBBS staff experienced layoffs and hours were reduced for remaining staff.

As a result of Covid-19 Pandemic, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-West Durham (BBBS) stopped all in-person individual and group mentorship service delivery as of March 16th, in adherence with government and public health guidelines.  As a result over 1,000 children and youth temporarily stopped receiving vital mentorship services which support their social, emotional, mental and physical health and well-being.

Since program stoppage in March, we mobilized our staff and mentors to develop and deliver virtual individual and group programming.  We are also working on virtual fundraising events in support of our current programming.

BBBS is most in need of financial donations to support children and youth to receive the mentorship services they need most.  BBBS works with low overhead costs, as our staff work from home to ensure our fundraising dollars go directly to children.  Children in our programs come from diverse backgrounds and are living in low-income high priority neighbourhoods, experiencing mental health issues, developmental disabilities, isolation, violence/abuse, family breakdown, etc. 

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We are actively seeking funds to support two initiatives: Future Zone (an online group mentorship program for youth 12-16 which focuses on fostering positive mental and emotional health and engaging in fun physical activity) and Virtual Mentoring (our online 1-1 mentorship program for children/youth to meet with a positive and caring adult).  We intend to run these two programs until December 2020 (or longer as deemed necessary by government and health officials). 

Melanie Stewart
Executive Director
Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-West Durham
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northumberland

Ajax 905-831-3777 | Cobourg 289-252-1828 or Toll Free 1-888-278-2484

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