Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County (BBBSBC) is a donor supported non-profit mentoring organization with over 50 years of service to youth. Located in Jamison, its mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better. Their vision is that all children achieve success in life. BBBSBC accomplishes this by partnering with parents / guardians, volunteers and others in the community.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County (BBBSBC) is a donor supported non-profit mentoring organization with over 50 years of service to youth. Located in Jamison, its mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better. Their vision is that all children achieve success in life. BBBSBC accomplishes this by partnering with parents / guardians, volunteers and others in the community.

Referred by schools, Children & Youth, Juvenile Court and family members, children in BBBSBC programs range in age from six to 17. “Bigs” provide support and guidance through one-on-one relationships that so many children desire. By talking, listening and engaging in productive, fun activities, these adult mentors can ultimately help a child achieve their highest potential as they become adults. 

During the 2012-2013 year, the following outcomes were reported by the agency’s Community-based “Bigs” on the anniversary of the match:

  •  91% reported an increase in Little’s self-confidence;
  • 85% reported Little’s were able to avoid substance abuse;
  • 73% reported an improvement in Little’s decision-making abilities;
  • 72% reported Little’s avoided delinquency.

Last year, BBBSBC served 1,500 children. With the challenges facing youth today and the current economic climate, BBBSBC has seen a significant increase in the number of children referred to their programs. Currently, there are over 100 who are waiting for a “Big” Brother or Sister. “Bigs” are interviewed and go through a multi-level clearance check. Prior to being matched, “Bigs” go through a training program.

Once matched, BBBSBC staff follow-up with the “Big,” “Little,” parents/guardians and school counselors to ensure that the match is built on a strong foundation and will be in place for many years to come. BBBSBC asks volunteers for a 15-month commitment and have a current average match length of 33 months. BBBSBC has been recognized nationally for the past five years for delivering the highest quality of programs.     

Annual fundraisers include Bowl For Kids Sake (March), Golf Fore Kids Sake (June) and Evening for Kids Sake (November). By volunteering as a mentor or supporting BBBSBC fundraisers, people can help make a difference in the life of a child. 

For more information visit www.bbbsbc.org or call 215-343-8260.

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