This year's Ice Cream Social will be bigger and better than ever, with face painting, mascots and freebies. Every year, we host our Back to School Ice Cream Social to celebrate the kids and volunteers in our program as well as the businesses and people who continually give their support. Click here to register today!
We try to provide the children in our program with the items they need for a successful school year. It is a fun event and a great way to kick start the school year! There will be live entertainment, ice cream, games, a raffle, freebies, and fun. Big Brothers Big Sisters matches will receive custom drawstring backpacks. If you would like to register without using our online registration system, please call 440-277-6541. Suggested donation is $5 or more. Money raised supports the purchase of school supplies for kids.
Jessica is like hundreds of single moms in this county; working hard and wanting a better life for her eleven year old son, Nicolas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 40 percent of the babies born in the U.S. are born to unmarried mothers and that’s more than doubled since 1980. The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) report on U.S. Children in Single Mother Families indicates these children face many barriers to success, but Jessica says she refuses to have her family become part of the negative statistics. To beat the odds, Jessica enrolled Nicolas in Big Brothers Big Sisters, but he has been waiting three years for the agency to match him with the right mentor.
Nicolas is one of approximately 40 children, mostly boys, on Big Brothers Big Sisters’ “waiting to be matched” lists. The challenge is two-fold. One: a need for funds that cover the costs of the professional, ongoing match support provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters. This includes extensive and thorough background checks and consistent and ongoing mentoring guidance for Bigs, Littles and their families to ensure each mentoring match is safe, successful, and long-term. Secondly, most adults who volunteer to mentor are women.