Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay Receives Top Recognition as Local Non-profit of the Year and Gold Standard Winner through Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
The local agency is honored for leadership, growth and dedication to helping area youth
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay is being recognized locally and nationally for outstanding service to kids in the community. The nonprofit provides caring adult mentors (called ‘Big Brothers’ or ‘Big Sisters’) to children (called ‘Little Brothers’ or ‘Little Sisters’) who are facing adversity. The children may be coping with a parent who is incarcerated or perhaps, they’re being raised in a single-parent home.
The mentoring organization was named the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2015 Nonprofit of the Year in the area of Public and Societal Benefit at an award luncheon June 11th. Each year the TBBJ honors organizations that demonstrate strong financial best practices to help meet service goals.
The agency also received the Gold Standard Award from the Big Brothers Big Sisters National Leadership Council. The Gold Standard Awards recognize the very best agencies that have increased their revenue by at least 5-percent, grown their overall annual number of Big/Little matches in 2014 and other quality metrics. In the past year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay served nearly 3,100 children. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay got its start in 1964 and now serves seven counties: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Pasco, Citrus, Hernando and Sumter.
“Awards like this are never a singular accomplishment. This is not just a Big Brothers Big Sisters achievement; it signals growth for our entire community,” said Stephen Koch, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Inc. “We strive every day to support area children through mentorship. It is truly a testament to the work done on the front line by our program staff as well as great volunteers.”
Tampa Bay Rays Pitcher Chris Archer
Joins the Big Brothers Big Sisters Team to Help Kids
We’re proud to partner with the Tampa Bay Rays and pitcher Chris Archer for 2015! Archer believes in the power of mentoring, that’s why he’s helping our agency raise money—and awareness--during our annual fundraiser, Bowl For Kids’ Sake.
“Everyone needs a mentor in life and everyone needs to be a mentor to someone,” said Chris Archer.”Big Brothers Big Sisters allows people to serve their higher purpose and helps guide children toward their potential. I can speak directly to this because I have been lucky enough to be guided by my mentor for the past 11 years.”
Archer, who was selected to start the Rays second game of the season on April 7 against the Baltimore Orioles, is encouraging his fans to donate during the Bowl For Kids’ Sake campaign. He’s hosting a special VIP Bowling party for top fundraisers who raise at least $1,250, which will support a Big/Little match for one year. Look for more about our partnership with the Rays throughout the season.