Our Mission

Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.


Our Vision

All youth achieve their full potential.



Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest is committed to keeping our Bigs, Littles, families, employees, Board Members, and supporters healthy and safe. We are currently taking steps to prevent the introduction and spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). This is an unprecedented time we are living through as a global community. These times can cause stress and uncertainty. At Big Brothers Big Sisters, our work is built upon the power of one-to-one relationships between youth mentees and adult mentors. In light of our local, state, and national leaders encouraging social distancing and canceled events, it may seem tough to do our job. However, we are human, and we are resilient. Like water, we find a way through. We use technology (texts, calls, video calls, etc.) to stay connected, encourage one another, and continue to mentor. Our mentees, mentors, staff, board, and community will prevail and be stronger for it. When we are back together in person, we will cherish our handshakes and hugs even more. Until then, we will stay strong, stay connected and continue being Defenders of Potential. As participants and/or supporters of our program, we want to communicate openly with you about our procedures, plans, and general tips for preventing the spread of COVID-19.



BBBSCNW Staff are currently working remotely until further notice. All match-related and agency events are canceled until further notice including:

  • Match Intro Meetings,
  • Match Meet Up Meetings,
  • Home Visits,
  • Match Activities,
  • Info Sessions for Parents and Bigs,
  • Lunch and Learns

Effective today, BBBSCNW strongly recommends that all Bigs and Littles avoid in-person match outings until further notice and instead focus on building a friendship through email, phone, text, video conferencing (ex: Facetime, Skype), etc.  Please contact your Match Support Specialist for ideas on how to stay connected.

Be sure to review and follow the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations for preventing the spread of illness. If you need assistance or have questions please email or call a staff member (emails/#’s on our website) or call (503) 249-4859 or you can call our emergency line: 503-267-2087. If you are experiencing a medical emergency call: 911

Thank you for your continued support of the BBBSCNW mission and all you do to defend potential in our community.

Board Members

Not pictured – Hope Alabi (M Financial), Ken Beattie (Flowbird). Click here for a full list of our Board of Directors.

Our board members are motivated by the good work we do in the world. Creating positive impact in the lives of the children we serve and supporting the good our volunteers bring to the program.

Meet our Staff

Program Manager - Enrollment and Matching, Bilingüe
Chief Executive Officer
Beyond School Walls Coordinator, ¡Orgullosamente Bilingüe!
Chief Program Officer ¡Orgullosamente bilingüe!
Chief Development Officer
Enrollment & Matching Specialist
Development Director
Finance Associate
Program Manager - Training and Quality Assurance
Program Manager-Community Based
Program Specialist
Match Support Specialist
Senior Program Specialist
Finance Director
Community Resource Specialist ¡Orgullosamente bilingüe!
Events and Fundraising Manager
Program Coordinator - Futuros Grandes

Gold Standard Award

Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest has been awarded the Gold Standard Award for the year 2018. Only 15 out of 256 sites across the country achieved this distinction in 2018. The following criteria must be met in calendar year 2018 in order for affiliates to earn these awards, which will be announced in Spring 2019 and presented at the 2019 National Conference. 

  • Serve a minimum of 100 children and raise $200,000 in revenue.
  • Achieve a Community-Based 12-month retention rate that is 5 percentage points higher than the national average for the network in 2017. 
  • Achieve a Site-Based 12-month retention rate that is 5 percentage points higher than the national average for the network in 2017. 
  • Maintain a Match Support Contact done rate of 90%.
  • Show growth in number of end active matches.
  • Post a positive net income at the end of the affiliate’s fiscal year that ends during 2019.  

We want to thank all of our Bigs, Littles, families, supporters, and friends for helping us hit these goals. We are proud to offer the quality of service that it takes to be a Gold Standard Agency.

Careers with BBBS

We’re Hiring! 

BBBS Columbia Northwest is looking for:

An Enrollment and Matching Specialist, find more information and how to apply here

A Recruitment and Marketing Director, find more information and how to apply here

A Workplace Mentoring Director, find more information and how to apply here