Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Lloydminster is considering 2019 as a successful year.
The organization has mentored 755 children throughout the year and raised over $39,000 with their Bowl for Kids Beach Party fundraiser and from their first annual Poutine Week earlier in the year.
They’ve also been able to replace on of their trucks and get a 15 passenger van which they’ve been working on for a year and a half. The van will help transport the children to and from programs and help with their fundraisers.
Executive Director Brenda Robinson says the biggest success is that they are able to keep going in the time of a weak economy.
“The accomplishment has been to survive in today’s economy and mentor kids because that’s what’s important at the end of the day.”
After 25 years in the community as Big Brothers Big Sisters, the organization is going through a rebranding which will continue into 2020.
“We have a new vision, a new mission and a new logo.”
The new logo represents the family, the organization and the Big who all help in the mentorship of the child. Robinson says over the past 25 years they’ve been able to mentor 14,400 children and had 4,200 volunteers.
“We need to thank all of our volunteers. They are truly the best. We are always very fortunate to have a very strong contingent of volunteers.”
Robinson says they’re always looking for more mentors to join the organization as there are 32 children in Lloydminster waiting for a match.
“It’s always been consistent, this year we’ve been as high as 35. We’ve made up a little ground which is always good.”
People interested in becoming a mentor can apply online or call 306-825-5757 for more information.