Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Bikes, Blues and BBQ Supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWA

Help kids in your community

David and Chris
When an at-risk child is matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister, it doesn't take long to notice the changes: they focus more on schoolwork, they get along better with their siblings, and they start thinking about a successful future.

We have this question to ask, "What would happen to this community if every kid had a caring adult mentor in their life?"

Here's what can happen:

Children who have a Big Brother or Big Sister are more likely to graduate from college than their own parents were to graduate from high school. Think of the hundreds or thousands who could graduate.

Children matched with Big Brothers and Big Sisters have far more earning potential than those of a similar demographic who aren't as fortunate. Imagine a better-educated, higher-earning workforce in the future.

John L. and Jay
Children with Big Brothers and Big Sisters are far more likely to serve their community by volunteering and giving back. They become our future leaders!

So we need not wonder whether we are capable of doing anything to help more children go to college, to help boost our local economy, or to help raise a generation of leaders. The answer lies in the accountability that starts when one child gains a friend, a Big Brother or Big Sister.

Christian and Jonathan
Our agency matches Littles (children ages 6-14) with caring, adult Bigs (mentors over the age of 18) in one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Since our agency carefully screens some 100 potential mentors each year we rely on our community for support.

It’s through events and corporate relationships that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas can achieve our success. Since every mentoring relationship costs our agency $1000 per year to make and maintain, you can realize how important support from Bikes Blues and BBQ is to us and we are honored to be a continued partner of this amazing festival!
Britavia and Chase

July marks the 20th anniversary of our NWA agency and this month we have started a new campaign called 20 Men in 20 Days. Because boys tend to wait longer on our list for the perfect Big we want to concentrate our recruiting efforts on male volunteers this month. Take a look at some of our successful male matches in the photos.
Will you Start Something in your community? Will you help us get 20 boys off our waiting list by either volunteering or donating to our campaign?

Contact BBBS NWA to find out more 479-966-4366 or