A lot has happened in the past few months, and we would like to provide you with an update of where we are at as an organization and our next steps. The current COVID-19 pandemic has shifted our world and this is a very uncertain time for our local and global communities. We are an organization dedicated to supporting mentorship relationships for children and youth. We have all been facing social isolation, but it has been especially challenging for the vulnerable young people that we serve. We have also been engaging in important reflection and discussion about the events that
VANCOUVER, BC – Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver made the unfortunate decision to close the Big Brothers Big Sisters Sea to Sky Corridor offices and programming, effective immediately. This closure is due to the substantial negative financial impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the organization. The unforeseen pandemic resulted in a significant loss of revenue for the organization, which fell over 80% almost immediately. Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver is a community-supported organization that raises funds from multiple sources in order to meet the growing needs of children and families throughout the Lower Mainland. For the organization, primary
This spring we’ve partnered with the Daily Hive Vancouver to raise awareness of our free Clothing Donation pick up service. Read the full article on Daily Hive here Spring is the perfect time to start fresh and do a complete overhaul of your wardrobe. And if you’re all about Marie Kondo’s KonMari method for tidying up and decluttering, you’ve probably already begun. If not, don’t worry — you’re not alone. All you have to do is ask yourself whether you’ll actually wear those pieces at the back of your wardrobe ever again. If you’ve fallen out of love with a pair of
Our Planned Giving Advisory Council: (L-R) Randy Soon, Klint Rodgers, Kelsey Smart, Charles Brooks, Franco Caligiuri, and Lynn Williams (not pictured) Did you know that 85% of Canadians donate to charity, but only 7% leave a tax-deductible gift to charity in their Will? The dedicated volunteers on our Planned Giving Advisory Council are trying to help start a conversation about how anyone can leave a legacy of a life-long friendship. In honour of Leave a Legacy Month, we’d like to thank our Planned Giving Advisory Council volunteers, and invite you to think about your legacy: Read the Big Brothers article
VANCOUVER, BC — For every volunteer application received from March 15 – April 15, 2019, Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver, in partnership with Swishin’ Mission, will hang a purple net on an empty basketball hoop across the Lower Mainland. Currently, there are over a hundred children waiting for a mentor in the Greater Vancouver area. To coincide with March Madness for basketball fans, Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver’s volunteer search campaign, Purple Net Project is back for its third year; an initiative that connects Big and Little Brothers through basketball. Based on a symbolic connection between basketball hoops without nets
VANCOUVER, BC – Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver has temporarily removed all of its 180 clothing bins across the Lower Mainland in order to re-evaluate their design and make any recommended improvements. For the organization, clothing donations, both home pick up and bin collections, account for over 50% of the funding needed to run the essential mentoring programs. Removal of the bins means that the organization anticipates losing $500,000 annually, a significant amount and critical funding used to support the mentorship programs. Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver provides one-on-one mentorship and group programs for over 1,200 children and youth each
Thank you for your continuous support towards Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver. Over the years, we have developed a strong clothing donation strategy to help us serve the community, not only through mentoring programs but to help the environment as well. We want to be able to provide a convenient way for people to donate their clothing. Community support and clothing donations to Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver help children across the Lower Mainland build strong, healthy relationships, which creates long-lasting change. In fact, clothing donations account for over 50% of the funding needed to run these essential mentoring programs.