Our guest speaker at last week's club meeting was Milca Aguirre, Brand Ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City!
BBBSKC has been serving the Kansas City community since 1965!  Currently, there are 1,300 active matches in the Kansas City area, with 250 more kids on the waitlist.  BBBSKC serves 6 counties in our area – 2 in Kansas and 4 in Missouri.  Kids 2nd - 11th grade can qualify for the program, based on need (missing parental figure through divorce, military, incarceration, etc.)  Kids are matched with "bigs" based on location.  Bigs must complete an application, background check, and home interview before being considered for the matching process.  Bigs must be at least 21 years old and have reliable transportation.  Bigs get to choose the age range they would like to be matched up with.  Other considerations to note:
  • Must commit to at least 1 year, with a minimum of 2 visits/outings per month.
  • The average match length for active matches is 36 months.  Approximately 35% of active matches have been open for 4 years or more!
  • Bigs are encouraged to make friends with the kids – take them on errands or just spend time with them. 
  • Tickets are also available to games and sporting events, as well as parties for bigs to take the kids to as well.
  • BBBSKC also works with Savers to do clothing drives.  Over $1 million is raised for BBBSKC through clothing donations each year!
Interested in being a big for a kid in Kansas City or want to learn more?  Check out their website!  www.bbbskc.org