Welcome to Marathon4Kids 2015
|“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” – Maria Robinson|
Did you know that there are over 100 kids in our area waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister mentor? Think about that! 100 children are on a list waiting for a role model. In addition, the schools we service in the region are reporting hundreds more children in need of a mentor.
The good news: Big Brothers Big Sisters of NW Michigan, your region’s longest standing donor supported your mentoring organization that serves at-risk children typically from low income single parent homes, has the service delivery model to successfully match children with mentors and positively impact their lives. Our impact is documented in many research studies. Most recently, a national study conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters finds adults mentored as children through Big Brothers Big Sisters are more likely than peers with similar backgrounds but who were not involved in the program to have a four-year college degree and incomes of $75,000 or more. They also report stronger relationships with spouses, children and friends.
Among the study’s specific findings:
- BIGS Alumni were 75% more likely than non-alumni to have received a four year college degree
- BIGS Alumni were 39% more likely than non-alumni to have current household incomes of $75,000+
- A majority of BIGS alumni are extremely or very satisfied with their relationships to friends (72%), family (65%), and spouses (62%). Fewer non-alumni report the same levels of satisfaction (46%, 50% and 40%, respectively).
- Approximately two in three BIGS alumni are extremely or very satisfied with life compare to just over one in three non-alumni.
- BIGS Alumni are more likely than non-alumni to be engaged in their community over the past 12 months, particularly when it comes to volunteering (52% vs 35%, respectively) and holding a leadership role in an organization working on an issue (29% vs 16%, respectively).
The bad news: We don’t have enough funding to bring about these positive changes for children locally without your support. Although we are a nationally recognized organization, funding for our programs comes from local community support and donations only. It costs approximately $1,000 per child per year for the case management staff to recruit, screen, train and match a mentor with a child. Our case managers monitor and support these matches for as many years as the child remains in our program.
Your opportunity to change a life: Each year Big Brothers Big Sisters serves over 300 children locally with a caring mentor. Today, I ask you to raise money for “our kids”. The goal of this website is to get 300 community members to raise $300 to help fund the matches of 300 kids(300x$300x300). The funds you raise will stay in our region and help local children have access to a positive future. We are asking for community-wide support at all levels to get these kids a mentor. Donating to Big Brothers Big Sisters is an investment in the future of our communities.
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