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

Donate $50 or more for a chance to go Over The Edge!

 For the second consecutive year BBBS is hosting the exhilarating Over The Edge fundraising event, giving donors an opportunity to rappel 19 stories down the side of Priatek Plaza, the tallest building in downtown St. Petersburg. Insure your spot by raising at least $1,250 by April 22 to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. Visit: our webpage for fundraising info!

Or enter our new CEO Challenge, where a donation of $50 or more by April 15 - just in time for your tax return - earns you a chance to go Over The Edge. Donate $50 here!


Give Day Tampa Bay and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay – a Perfect Match!

 This is your opportunity to make a big impact in the life of a Tampa Bay area child for the better, forever. For 24 hours only, from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm on Tuesday, May 3rd, give back to your community and make an online gift to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. Your donation helps match our 700 at-risk children with caring, adult mentors. Help us raise $24,000 in 24 hours. Go to giveday.org to make your gift on Tuesday, May 3rd.

Give Day Tampa Bay is a community-wide, online giving day hosted by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.


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.


Big Brother Michael Ferrone recognized as a Community Hero by the Tampa Bay Lightning !

 Congratulations to Big Brother Michael Ferrone, who was recognized as a Community Hero by the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Monday, March 28 home victory over Toronto. Michael has not only been a great role model and guiding force for his Little Brother Tavoris, but has personally recruited 20 other Big Brothers and Big Sisters to serve as mentors to area children (many of whom he invited to share the presentation at the game.) The award comes with a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation to Michael’s charities of choice, of which he generously donated $40,000 to BBBS. Great job, Michael, and thanks for all you do for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Check out the award highlights from last night's game here!


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.

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 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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