Serving Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Pasco, Citrus, Hernando and Sumter counties.

Freedom Boat Club Donates $25,000!

 A huge, heartfelt thank you from all of us to Freedom Boat Club for their generous donation! During our Cocktails for a Cause Fundraising event in Pinellas, we were surprised with a check for $25,000 to help kids in our community. Freedom Boat Club also announced that their locations across the country will be making Big Brothers Big Sisters donations! Talk about a BIG partner. See what Freedom Boat Club does HERE.


BBBS receives 15,000 Grant from Bank of America!

 We are so proud and grateful to receive the Bank of America workforce development grant! This generous $15,000 grant will give so many kids in Tampa Bay a brighter future! We can't thank Bank of America enough for their generosity towards the Tampa Bay community.


Support Bowl For Kids' Sake!

 Please support our 2016 Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser! You can help Big Brothers Big Sisters raise critical dollars to support our mentoring programs and change the lives of children facing adversity for the better, forever, across Tampa Bay. Even Steven Souza Jr. is doing it! Souza Jr. joined our VIP bowl last week, and everyone had a great time! Thanks to your support, we raised over $41,000! Check out photos from the event HERE!

To create your own team and find locations of bowls near you, visit: BBBSTampaBay.org/Bowl.


Meet our Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year

 Meet Big Sister Kim, Little Sister Delaney, Little Brother Seth, and Big Brother Rob. These four have been selected as the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay's Bigs & Littles of the year for 2016!

Rob was chosen as Florida's 2016 Big Brother of the Year! If successful there, has a chance to be the national winner. Good luck Rob!

Read more about their stories and watch the videos of their journey HERE!


School To Work Comes To Tampa!

 BBBS launched its first School-to-Work program in February, a collaboration between the agency, Nielsen and the Hillsborough County School District. Under the program, the first of its kind in Tampa Bay, students from A.P. Leto High School are bused once a month to the Nielsen campus in Oldsmar, where employees serve as Big Brothers and Big Sisters to the students. The matches, which continue through the students’ junior and senior years, will focus on individual support, guidance and friendship, as well as help preparing for life after graduation. This program helps students feel empowered and motivates their academic performance to obtain a higher level of education. Big Brothers Big Sister is always looking for new School-to-Work corporate partners! Contact JenniferL@BBBSTampaBay.org for more information.


Little Helps On Big Day!

 February 25th was the investiture of the Honorable Daryl Manning as a Judge of the County Court 13th Judicial Circuit for the State of Florida.
Video Tampa Bay Times article.

 Judge Manning has been a Big Brother to Noah for over two years and asked Noah to hold the Bible as he took his oath with the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. In his remarks at the end of the ceremony, Judge Manning said he sees himself in Noah and wants to help encourage him through life as his parents did for him.

 Want to make a difference? You can volunteer by clicking here!


BBBS NAMED NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR BY THE TAMPA BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL!

 

 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay received the top honor in the Public and Societal Benefit category.

 Click here to read more.


 If you purchased a voucher for a Big Brothers Big Sisters license plate, click here for information on when you can expect to receive yours.

 Thanks to your support, we reached our goal to sell 1,000 license plate vouchers statewide and now they're ready to purchase at your local Tax Collector's office.

Special thanks to Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano and staff for promoting this special project!


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay has earned a four star rating from Charity Navigator.

We proudly partner with the agencies listed below, thank you for your support.


 The Pitching Promises art display, created by local artist Ya La’ford and children from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, makes its debut at Tropicana Field near Gate 6 on the main level on Friday! Come celebrate the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson with the Tampa Bay Rays. Tickets available 2 for $42: on the Rays website!


 

 Did you know? You can now purchase a Big Brothers Big Sisters license plate! Stop by your local Tax Collector's office and ask for the Big Brothers Big Sisters specialty plate. You'll share the message about mentoring and a portion of the sale will help us pair more kids with caring mentors. Check out the video from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America CEO, Pam Iorio.

 

 Become a volunteer. We're looking for committed and dedicated men, (and yes, women and couples, too!) who want to make a difference in the life of a child (Little). Volunteers (Bigs) spend a few hours a month doing simple things with their Little: going to the library, enjoying a ball game, just hanging out and we encourage Bigs to stay matched at least for one year. Click here, call (813) 769-3600, or e-mail info@bbbstampabay.org to apply or receive more information.


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