These last few weeks have brought challenges for all of us, across the country and right here in the Triangle. As we continue to follow CDC recommendations, pandemic protocols and learning how to do our part to flatten the curve — I have never been more proud to be part of the dedicated team at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle and part of this supportive community that is dedicated to continuing to defend the potential of our youth.
Over the next few months, this agency—much like many nonprofits here and across the country—will be faced with tough decisions. Even so, with unique problems, we have the opportunity to craft unique approaches, to innovate.
Starting last week, for the first time ever, BBBST began interviewing volunteers and leading orientations via videoconferencing software. Perhaps most importantly, we are keeping child safety as our #1 priority and our Match Support Specialists will continue to serve as a hub for hundreds of families—providing resources for those who may be affected by loss of income, food insecurity, lack of healthcare, and anxiety due to the uncertainties related to COVID-19.
Now, perhaps more than ever, the mission and the impact of Big Brothers Big Sisters are evident and urgent. As we continue to navigate the myriad of challenges we anticipate in the coming months, I want to reassure you that BBBST will be guided by a purpose and a plan:
- If you’re a donor, know that your funds will be used responsibly as we continue to serve hundreds of youth and their families during this time of need.
- If you’re an event registrant, we’ll prioritize your safety, and we will keep you up to speed on the latest developments on Bowl for Kids’ Sake and other events. Right now we have decided to postpone Bowl For Kids’ Sake and we will send out more details soon.
- If you’re a mentor, we’ll provide resources for your Little and his/her/their family, as well as information to help you stay connected during this time of limited social interactions.
- And, if you’re in the process of becoming a mentor—though we’ve put a temporary halt on Match meetings, we’ll continue providing web based orientations, processing applications, and conducting background checks.
Finally, I want to say thank you. Thank you for believing in us. Thank you for believing in the youth we serve. And thank you for standing beside us for the last twenty years, and now—as we face the challenges ahead.