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Don't Miss the Clark Kellogg Classic! It's a showcase of the area's best high school basketball on December 5 at Ohio Dominican University. For more information, please click here. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
McBig Nights Are Coming! Watch here for information about McBig Nights benefitting the kids in our program...starting soon!
Hot Off The Press Click here to view our 2015 Annual Report!
Golf for Girls' Sake Women from central Ohio had a great time at our inaugural Golf for Girls' Sake event at the Golf Club of Dublin on September 14. It was a female-focused golf scramble with proceeds supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters' Girls Leadership Programs at our Camp Oty'Okwa in the Hocking Hills. Special thanks to all our sponsors and golfers!
Our Lucky Day...Thanks to Scioto Downs for putting on a great charity night on August 20! We were one of 10 charities chosen to participate, and boy, did Big Brothers Big Sisters (and our kids) get lucky! Our randomly chosen horse #5, IGOTTAFEELINFRAN, won us a $5,000 donation. Thanks, Scioto Downs!
Thanks to Microsoft, Big Brothers Big Sisters and our Mentoring Center of Central Ohio were awarded a much needed $200,000 technology software upgrade grant at the Grand Opening of the Microsoft at Easton Center store on August 20! Microsoft jumped into central Ohio by awarding nearly $1 million in software grants to help nonprofits that are integral to our community, so let's show our support!
American Showa Rocks! Our friends at American Showa hosted their annual golf tournament benefiting the Delaware County Program of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. They've been supporting the agency consistently for 22 years! Thanks, American Showa!
Recruiting Volunteers! We are recruiting volunteers now to participate in Project Mentor, our school-based collaboration with Columbus City Schools. For more information on volunteering or getting your company or organization involved, please click here. To download a volunteer application to complete and mail in, please click here.
Hispanic Mentoring: Haga clic aqui para mas informacion en Espanol. We are recruiting bilingual volunteers to mentor children from Spanish-speaking families. Please contact Wendy Johnson at 614-839-2447, ext. 216 to volunteer!
The Mentoring Center of Central Ohio: Our Mentoring Center partners with 35 different mentoring organizations to increase the quality and quantity of mentoring in Ohio. To donate or learn more, please click here. Like us on Facebook!
A Taste of Class for Kids was lots of fun! On April 18, we held our 32nd Taste of Class for Kids, and presented our 4th annual "Our Littles Got BIG Talent" showcase to guests. WBNS-10TV's Kristyn Hartman emceed our black-tie gala, which was presented by Champion Real Estate, Nationwide and the Romanoff Group.
Adult Education at Camp Oty'Okwa: Did you know we partner with Ashland University to offer Adult Education courses at our Camp Oty'Okwa? Courses carry 15 contact hours or 1 semester hour of graduate credit. For course descriptions, schedule and registration forms, please click here.
View Our 2014 Annual Report: Click here for our 2014 Annual Report.
WELCOME TO BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF CENTRAL OHIO!
Kids facing adversity in their lives need the motivation to take on new challenges, the resilience to turn adversity into strength, and the grit to persevere. Without these character strengths as a foundation, they may not attain graduation and post-secondary career and academic success. By partnering with parents/caregivers, schools, businesses and community organizations, and, of course, volunteers from our community, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio helps kids facing adversity in our commuity achieve success. And since 1933, we have made the difference in the lives of over 100,000 kids!
Our network of offices serves kids in 14 Ohio counties! Our main office is in Columbus, and last year we served more than 7,400 kids in one-to-one mentoring relationships and at our Camp Oty'Okwa in the Hocking Hills. To learn about the local offices in our network, please click below:
GREAT GAMES FOR A GREAT CAUSE: DON'T MISS THE 2015 CLARK KELLOGG CLASSIC
Special thanks to our generous sponsors:
ALUMNI LITTLES SHARE THEIR COLLEGE EXPERIENCES
2015 MILTON LEWIN AWARD PRESENTED
Haslett Heating & Cooling and long-time owner Stewart McHarg were honored with the 2015 Milton Lewin Legacy Award at our Annual Meeting on November 10. Watch here to learn how they have helped our kids, especially at Camp Oty'Okwa. Thanks, Haslett and Stew!
2015 SPOTLIGHTED MATCHES
Meet our two 2015 Spotlighted Matches, who inspired the crowd at our 2015 Annual Meeting. Little Brother Kion has been matched with Big Brother Andrew Wehr since he was in 4th grade, and Little Sister Camryn has been matched with Big Sister Marva Pack since she was in 2nd grade! Both Littles are doing well in school and on track to a successful future.
THANKS TO MENDOZA COMPANY - MCDONALDS!
Special thanks to Alex Mendoza and the Mendoza Company, which owns and operates 8 area McDonalds. In association with the Grand Opening of their store at 2091 Dublin-Granville Rd., Columbus, they are announcing an exciting new partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. Here is Alex Mendoza presenting the first check to Ed Cohn, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio.
Watch here for information about McBig nights coming soon!
AGENCY'S CEO HONORED
We are pleased to announce that Ed Cohn, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, was honored with the Nuestra Familia Award, presented by the Ohio Commission on Latino Affairs, at the 35th Anniversary Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Awards Gala on Friday, October 16. The gala is a collaborative effort of the Ohio Commission on Latino Affairs and the Latino Empowerment Outreach Network. Our Hispanic Mentoring Program and our strong presence in the Latino community continue to be an important part of our work at Big Brothers Big Sisters, and we are very proud that Ed was honored with this prestigious award!
UNITED WAY VIDEO FEATURES LITTLE BROTHER
United Way of Central Ohio's inspiring new campaign video features our Little Brother Tiwuan and his Big Brother Andrei Terpylak. Take a look at the video that shows how your support of United Way of Central Ohio and its member agencies like us transforms lives!
JOIN PROJECT MENTOR!
Project Mentor is our collaboration with Columbus City Schools. Mentors come from over 80 businesses, governmen organizations, communitygroups, faith-based organizations and the community at large. After volunteers are matched with a student, they meet up with their Mentee at school for about an hour on the same day every week. Our staff provides activities designed to strengthen the relationship and encourage conversation around topics such as education/academics, financial literacy, getting along with peers, decision making, conflict resolution, leadership/personal development, goal setting, situationally-appropriate behavior, and plans for the future. For more information about volunteering or getting your company or organization involved, please click here.
One of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio's important programs is called Amachi Ohio, and through it, we serve some of our most vulnerable kids, those who have an incarcerated parent. We are seeking volunteers to match with our Amachi kids. If you would like to volunteer, or you know a child who could benefit, please contact us at (614) 839-2447.
A mentor can make a big difference in a child's life. Meet our amazing Alumni Little Sister, Kanisha, who participated in our program along with her Big Sister Jacci Maxstead.
BIG SISTER KATIE BROSMER REPRESENTS STATE AS OHIO BIG SISTER OF THE YEAR
es un programa de Big Brothers Big Sisters del Centro de Ohio disenado para crear un impacto positivo en nuestra comunidad Latina. Haga clic aqui para mas informacion en Espanol.
THINK SUMMER - THINK CAMP OTY'OKWA
Please take 4 minutes to view this inspiring video of kids at our Camp Oty'Okwa and learn how you can help make these life-changing experiences available for more kids!
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