Now More Than Ever, We Need Your Support.
We don't know what the future holds in these uncertain times. A Monthly Gift of any amount will help keep our local mentoring programs running and provide much-needed support and provide emergency assistance to our families in RI.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island's Board Member, Tom Furey of Furey Roofing Company has generously donated $10,000 to provide funding and emergency support for our program and participants. Donations made to The Furey Roofing Company COVID-19 Matching Fund will be matched up to $10,000.
- A Monthly Gift of $10.00 will help pay for background checks for our volunteer mentors and provide much-needed emergency assistance to our RI families.
- A Monthly Gift of $20.00 will help pay for a free activity for a Big & Little Mentoring Pair.
- A Monthly Gift of $50.00 will help fund First Aid and CPR training for all volunteers.
- A Monthly Gift of $100.00 will help sustain one Big & Little Mentoring Relationship for 1 year.
Dr. Dorothy Pieniadz Scholarship Fund
Created by our founding mother in 2000, this Fund provides annual scholarships to Little Brothers/Sisters who are graduating high school and going on to pursue further education or training. To date, over $65,000 has been given directly to our Littles for scholarships.
Match Support/General Fund
The “matching” process is an intricate one. Once a “match” is made our social work team provides ongoing, consistent Match Support:
A system of monitoring mentoring-relationship milestones, supporting mentors, children and families with ongoing, professional advice, problem solving, and training opportunities focused on improving outcomes for youth. Match Support is a critical component of our program as our mentors are volunteers and need ongoing guidance and leadership from youth development professionals.
Big/Little Match Activities Fund
Our volunteers give their time to our community. It’s important that there is not a financial obligation associated with a volunteer’s mentoring experience. This Fund enables us to host no/low-cost outings and activities for our mentoring pairs such as financial literacy workshops, bowling, an annual holiday party, theatre tickets, sporting tickets, and more. Each activity serves to enhance the Big/Little relationship, provide an educational experience, and/or connect mentoring pairs with other pairs in the BBBSRI community.
Recruitment, Safety and Screening Fund
We must actively recruit volunteers by promoting our program around the State, through multiple marketing channels. With safety as a top priority, each volunteer mentor is fully screened and trained by our professional staff. Volunteer screening includes a three-tiered background check as well as an in-person interview, reference checks, a home assessment, and a full orientation.