Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region (BBBSCR) is taking a unique approach to this year’s Golf Fore Kids’ Sake. Inspired by the action of one of its board members, BBBSCR is challenging local golfers to raise funds for its virtual mentoring programs.
BBBSCR board member Joe Holston completed a 100-Hole Golf Challenge Fundraiser on September 2, raising over $20,000 for the agency. Building on his momentum, Holston and BBBSCR are challenging others in the region to participate in their own personal fundraiser and golf 36 holes in October. Individuals or groups can accept the challenge at CAPBIGS.ORG.
“We need your help to raise an additional $60,000 to fill the gap in funding caused by COVID-19,” said Holston.
The pandemic has made it difficult for Bigs and Littles to connect in person, but that hasn’t stopped BBBSCR from continuing its services. The agency matches new Bigs and Littles virtually, coordinates virtual match activities, connects matches via the BBBS app, and provides resources.
“When the pandemic began, we immediately adapted our procedures to ensure the continuation of services,” says BBBSCR Interim CEO Amy Rote. “Our staff maintains open lines of communication with families and Bigs to provide guidance and support,” says Rote.
The agency created a COVID-19 resource page to connect families with local community resources and services. Throughout the spring and summer, BBBSCR provided social media activities and facilitated virtual match events via video conferencing. Staff also provided virtual activity recommendations, referrals, and emotional support for Bigs, Littles and families.
“Many of our youth are struggling with isolation and loneliness. Our Littles rely on their Bigs for friendship, guidance, and emotional support,” explains Rote. “Bigs help their Littles face today’s
challenges by building confidence, resilience and helping them look towards a brighter future. Now, more than ever, it is vital to keep kids connected with their mentors,” said Rote.
Recognizing the important services BBBSCR provides, Holston knew he had to act. Inspired by a similar fundraiser, he decided to challenge himself to golf 100-holes to raise funds for BBBSCR’s youth mentoring programs.
“I have been a big supporter of the Big Brothers Big Sisters agency for 35 years. When I heard about the 100-hole fundraiser I thought this is something I can do,” said Holston. “I hope others will step forward and join me in supporting the agency and raise money for the kids.”
Eric Stauffer, Assistant Golf Pro at Manada Golf Club shares, “We really thought it was a cool experience and obviously it’s for a great cause. At Manada, we’re always willing to do whatever we can to support local organizations, especially those like Big Brothers Big Sisters that has a really meaningful impact on the community and young people.”
Holston golfed all 100-holes in 8 hours, a record time for a record challenge. Many supporters gave per-hole pledges, an extra incentive for Holston to complete the challenge. Holston is still accepting donations on his fundraising page, which can be found at CAPBIGS.ORG.
Individuals or groups interested in participating in the October 36-Hole Golf Fore Kids’ Sake Challenge should register at CAPBIGS.ORG. Arranging tee times is on an individual basis, but those looking for assistance with scheduling are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BBBSCR creates friendships that cross rivers, neighborhoods, and demographics to bring hope and resources when they are needed most. To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters and how to get involved, visit CAPBIGS.ORG.
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About Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region (BBBSCR) creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. For more than 35 years, BBBSCR has kept its promise by expertly crafting and maintaining compatible mentoring matches between Littles (at-risk youth) and Bigs (mature volunteers) in the Capital Region. Our commitment includes using evidence-based best practices to achieve personalized outcomes and supporting matches throughout their life (one to ten-plus years). Contributions in all forms are vital to fulfilling the agency’s mission. BBBSCR is a 501(c)(3) charity, registered with the PA Bureau of Charities, and an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. For more information, visit the BBBSCR website at www.capbigs.org.