Check out the activities & events calendar today! Summer is right around the corner and we have a great lineup of suggestions and things you and your little can do. http://www.bigloraincounty.org/activities_events
Marcus Madison published Over 100 Activities at Lorain County Metro Parks in Bigs Forum 2016-02-25 23:22:29 -0500
Here's a link to over 100 activities offered by the Lorain County Metro Parks! My little brother and I go to Cascade Park every spring just to go Hiking! Here's the link and make sure you pack comfortable shoes! http://www.metroparks.cc/activities.php
Marcus Madison endorsed 2016-01-11 10:48:03 -0500
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Marcus Madison published Brothers Big Sisters Issues Back-to-School Call to Action in Go Big! 2012-08-23 15:45:00 -0400
As children prepare to head back to school, Big Brothers Big Sisters issues a call to action to the community to Start Something to keep Lorain County students on track to graduate.
The donor-supported mentoring organization carefully matches children with volunteer mentors in one-to-one staff-guided long-term mentoring relationships. The agency provides ongoing support to the volunteers, mentees and mentors throughout the course of each match to keep the mentoring friendship going strong.
Big Brothers Big Sisters’ 2011 Youth Outcomes Report, released earlier this year, shows statistically significant improvements for youth during their first year of enrollment in the mentoring program in educational success as well as avoidance of risky behaviors and socio-emotional competency, such as educational expectations. Youth progress in these areas is linked to longer-term outcomes, such as high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency, and college or job readiness.Read more
Marcus Madison published Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County Big for a Day in Go Big! 2012-08-17 14:03:00 -0400
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County is hosting a Big for a Day for the United Way Day of Caring. Big For A Day is a fun opportunity for companies and other organizations to get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Big For A Day is exactly what it sounds like! Volunteers from your company and/or organization get to be a Big Brother or Big Sister for a day. This is a great way to learn more about mentoring and also a great way to help a child in your community.
Volunteers will provide mentorship to children who are on the waiting list for Bigs through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Volunteers will spend time with children at a Cleveland Indians game. Volunteers will be responsible for their own parking. Tickets are provided for free to volunteers. If your company or organization is interested in volunteering for this event please contact 440-277-6541 for more details or register online here.
Marcus Madison published Big Brothers Big Sisters Needs Area Support to Receive $250,000 Grant from Chase Community Giving. in Go Big! 2012-08-17 13:32:00 -0400
Area residents can make a huge impact by voting on Facebook. Big Brothers Big Sisters, a non-profit working to help children realize their potential and build their futures is competing with charities nationwide for grants ranging from $10,000 to $250,000 from the Chase Community Giving program. Residents can help ensure their success by simply voting for Big Brothers Big Sisters through the Chase Community Giving program on Facebook.
Through the utilization of social media networks, the Chase Community Giving program has already directed more than $20 million dollars toward charities nationwide, putting the power to bring positive change across the nation into the hands of those who need it most. Due to enthusiasm, the program is being continued this year, giving hundreds of additional charities, including Big Brothers Big Sisters the opportunity to win grants to further their mission.
The Fall 2012 round of the Chase Community Giving program is designed to benefit smaller and local charities by being limited to 501(c)3 charities with operating budgets under $10 million. The top eligible charity receives $250,000 and the remaining 195 top charities earn $10,000 through $100,000 awards, for a total of $5 million dollars in grants.
How You Can Help
You can help Big Brothers Big Sisters receive up to $250,000 by simply visiting Facebook.com/ChaseCommunityGiving and casting your vote!
If you have questions about Big Brothers Big Sisters or would like to get involved, please contact Marcus Madison 440-277-6541
Marcus Madison published United Way kicking off fundraising campaign with tailgating in Go Big! 2012-07-27 11:40:04 -0400
United Way of Greater Lorain County will start its 2012 campaign season with a fun-filled tailgate-themed event 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at Mike Bass Ford. The event will be free and open to the public; however, registration is required and can be completed at www.uwloraincounty.org/events/uwglc2012kickoff.
The kickoff will include a cornhole tournament, activities and prizes. The event will also include the 2012 Battle of the Wings competition. This competition will give event participants a chance to taste wings from restaurants across Lorain County. Participants will then cast their vote on which restaurant will be crowned the 2012 Battle of the Wings Champion. The kickoff also includes a collaborative effort with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County called “Stuff the Bus.”Read more
August 18, 2012
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Quaker Steak & Lube, Sheffield
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.
We try to provide children with 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 and payment system, please call 440-277-6541.
Marcus Madison published Ancestry.com Teams Up with Actor Blair Underwood to Support Big Brothers Big Sisters in Go Big! 2012-07-11 00:15:00 -0400
Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, has teamed up with one of its high-profile celebrity customers to support a national non-profit organization that helps youth overcome what are too often generational cycles of adversity. Actor Blair Underwood will appear in a commercial promoting Ancestry.com’s support of Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest mentoring network, proven to help children overcome adversity to achieve in school and succeed in life.
Ancestry.com will donate 20% of the proceeds earned through new subscriptions to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to support national marketing efforts. To view the commercial and to support Big Brothers Big Sisters, visit www.ancestry.com/donate.
Marcus Madison published Macy’s 2012 Shop for a Cause in Macy's Shop For A Cause 2012-07-10 15:56:00 -0400JUST STARTEDGOAL: $200.00
Macy’s will partner with Big Brothers Big Sisers to invite customers to participate in Macy’s seventh annual “Shop for a Cause” charity shopping event. Macy’s 2012 Shop for a Cause will take place on August 25, 2012; customers can purchase tickets now from Big Brothers Big Sisters. Macy’s Shop For A Cause is a unique one-day-only shopping event created to support local charities’ fundraising efforts.
Macy’s has provided Big Brothers Big Sisters with shopping passes to sell for $5 each. The organization will keep 100% of every ticket it sells. The more tickets sold by Big Brothers Big Sisters, the more money it will raise!
By purchasing a shopping pass to the event from Big Brothers Big Sisters, customers support children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, while enjoying a day of spectacular discounts, entertainment, special events. Pass holders will enjoy special discounts on most regular, sale and clearance purchases all day. (Some exclusions apply.)Donate
Marcus Madison published Big Brothers Big Sisters' Reaction to Sandusky Verdict in Go Big! 2012-07-05 23:28:00 -0400
What’s Big Brothers Big Sisters’ reaction to the Sandusky verdict?
We applaud the work of the prosecutors, law enforcement and others who worked so hard to bring this case to justice. We are saddened and outraged that so many children were harmed before this case came to trial. Our hope is that this will send a clear message to all who might exploit their association with a school, community center or mentoring organization to harm a child. We believe that these kinds of crimes are under-reported and that media accounts of cases such as this bring forth more reports. We remain committed advocates for the children we serve and want past, present or would-be perpetrators to know we have zero tolerance for abuse and will work proactively with law enforcement to provide information to bring facts to light.Read more
Marcus Madison published Ice Cream Social Corporate Sponsor in Back to School Fill the Bus Ice Cream Social 2012-07-05 16:16:05 -0400$250.00 raisedGOAL: $2,000.00
August 23, 2014 *6:00 - 8:00 PM
Quaker Steak & Lube, Sheffield
Become a Corporate Sponsor for our annual Ice Cream Social or show your support by buying tickets to this year's event. 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.
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. Promotional items will also be available for the general public. School supplies will also be donated to the children enrolled in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
Corporate Sponsorship Levels
$50 Goodie Bag Sponsor
2 tickets to the Ice Cream Social; 8x11 logo on table signage at event.
$100 Big Sponsor
4 tickets to the Ice Cream Social, acknowledgement in BBBS E-newsletter,company/name listed on website,
Plus all incentives from the $50 level.
$250 Bigger Sponsor
6 tickets to the Ice Cream Social; social media recognition; logo on banner displayed at event; 4 Montrose VIP Preferred Customer card, plus all incentives from $100 level.
$500 Biggest Sponsor
8 tickets to the Ice Cream Social, Company/name printed in Chronicle-Telegram,6 Montrose Auto Group VIP Preferred Card,
Plus all incentives from the $250 level
$1000 Sundae Toppings Sponsor
12 tickets to the Ice Cream Social, prominent recognition in Chronicle Telegram, company information inserted in goodie bags, Plus all incentives from $500 level
If you would like to become a corporate sponsor without using our online registration and payment system, please call 440-277-6541.
School Based Mentoring: another way to reach kids
Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission is to provide one-to-one mentoring relationships to children facing adversity; School Based Mentoring is just another way in which we do that, and one of the great things about this program is that high school students are eligible to be Bigs. School Based matches meet once a week at a designated school or other site where they talk, laugh, learn and play games—all with the aim of developing a caring, meaningful friendship that will change the child’s life for the better, forever.
It’s not tutoring
Although School Based Matches do homework and reading activities each time they get together, School Based Mentors are so much more than tutors. They are friends, role models and guides. Their role is to be a support and companion for their Littles, giving them the confidence to shine in school and out.
It has big rewards
There are many changes, both big and small, that can come about when a child has a committed, caring adult in their life: a child finally “getting” a math concept, a child who used to retreat from the group initiating conversation with his peers, a child who seems to be late for everything arriving to the afterschool program early because she knows her Big Sister is waiting for her. For volunteers, the reward comes in getting the chance to act like a kid again and in knowing they have had a major impact on a child’s life.
Two ways to Start Something
AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS: Afterschool Bigs volunteer for 1.5 hours, one afternoon per week during the school year. There are currently four afterschool sites, all in the cities of Lorain and Elyria. Volunteers and their Littles do homework, read together, play games and talk about their days. Afterschool volunteers must be 14, have transportation to their selected site and be able to commit to at least one calendar year of mentoring (not just a school year). Many afterschool volunteers are high school students, but some are college students and adults from the community. The afterschool programs are a great option for those who want to work with a Little but would like a little more structure than the Community Based program.
LUNCH BUDDIES: Lunch Buddies visit their Little over the child's lunch period at school. Many Lunch Buddy matches play games, work on homework or do crafts, but some matches would rather just talk and catch up on their weeks. Lunch Buddies are at elementary schools throughout the county, so it will be easy to find a location close to your home or workplace!
Bowl a strike. Make an impact.
Start Something for children in your community.
See you at Bowl for Kids' Sake 2012 - Saturday, March 31! Bowl for Kids' Sake is the largest and most important annual fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters. More than 200 members of our community and 25 companies and organizations support this grassroots fundraising event.Our goal this year is to raise $38,000 for the hundreds of children we serve in Lorain County annually. Because of Bowl for Kids' Sake, more Bigs and Littles can be paired up, more friendships can be gained and improved outlooks on life can be started.
Just follow the simple steps below:
Start a team. Teams are formed with four to five members. Teams compete to raise the most money and celebrate their efforts on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at Brunswick Zone! It's an exciting day full of entertainment, local celebrities, raffle drawings, special prizes, and delicious sweets and refreshments! Consider creating a team with family, friends, fraternity brothers, sorority sisters, or co-workers.
Start securing donations. Each bowler is asked to raise a minimum of $50 in pledges. Make sure to check out or download some helpful fundraising tips located on the right side of this page.
Start bowling. After you have secured your donations, it's time to have fun! You'll receive a fun game of bowling (shoe rental included!), a Bowl for Kids' Sake t-shirt, sweets, drinks, chances to win door prizes, and a great time with friends and family! Make sure to sign up for a bowling time though. In order to sign up for a session, contact Marcus Madison at (440) 277-6541 or Marcus@bigloraincounty.org.
So what are you waiting for? Start Something today! Partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters through Bowl for Kids' Sake makes a positive, long-lasting impact on children in your community. Our mentoring works. It works to help broaden children's perspectives and help them learn how to make good choices. It starts a child on the path to fulfilling their potential and succeeding in school and life.
Councilman Madison serves the residents of the 5th ward and is Elyria’s youngest councilman. He won election to council in 2009 with over 81% of the vote and currently serves on the following city council committee: Community Development. CreatingBecome a Big Join the Board of Directors Bowl For Kids' Sake