UPDATE ON BBBSCNW'S RESPONSE TO COVID-19

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 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 cancelled 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.

 

IN EFFECT NOW:

BBBSCNW Staff will work remotely effective immediately until further notice.
Our office is closed.
BBBSCNW will limit business-related travel.
We will continue to thoroughly clean the BBBSCNW office.
All match-related and agency events, including
Match Intro Meetings,
Match Meet Up Meetings,
Home Visits,
Match Activities,
Info Sessions for Parents and Bigs,
Lunch and Learns
are canceled until further notice. We will reevaluate at the beginning of April.
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.
MONITORING CLOSELY:
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.
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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.

 

Board Members

Not pictured – Hope Alabi (M Financial) and 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

Chief Executive Officer
Beyond School Walls Coordinator
Program Director
Chief Development Officer
Executive Assistant
Beyond School Walls Coordinator
Beyond School Walls Coordinator
Bilingual Enrollment & Matching
Program Manager-BSW
Match Support Specialist
Match Support Specialist
Events and Fundraising Manager
Finance Manager
Bilingual Recruitment & Matching

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.