To our valued supporters,

This week has brought challenges for all of us, across the country and right here in southwestern Illinois. Yet, as I learn more than I ever imagined about pandemic protocols and terms like social distancing -- I have never been more proud to be part of the talented team at Big Brothers Big Sisters, and part of this supportive community.

Over the next few months, this agency—much like many nonprofits here and across the country—will be faced with tough decisions. But, with unique problems, we have the opportunity to craft unique approaches and to innovate.

Now, perhaps more than ever, the mission and the impact of Big Brothers Big Sisters are evident and urgent. And as we continue to navigate the myriad of challenges we anticipate (and many we haven’t yet anticipated) in the coming months, I want to reassure you that Big Brothers Big Sisters will be guided by a purpose and a plan:

  • If you’re a donor, know that your funds will be used responsibly as we continue to serve youth and their families during this time of need.
  • If you’re an event registrant, we’ll prioritize your safety, and we will keep you up to speed on the latest developments on Cash Raffle, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, Raise an Axe for Kids’ Sake and other events via email and on our website.
  • If you’re a mentor, we’ll provide resources for your Little and their family, as well as information to help you stay connected during this time of limited social interactions.
  • And, if you’re in the process of becoming a mentor—though we’ve put a temporary halt on Match meetings, we’ll continue processing applications and conducting background checks.

Finally, I want to say thank you. Thank you for believing in us. Thank you for believing in the kids we serve. And thank you for standing beside us for over 40 years, and now—as we face the challenges ahead.

With deep gratitude,

Heather Freed, LCSW

President & CEO

P.S. Myself and our Board of Directors will evaluate the COVID-19 situation on a regular basis and keep you informed. 


Updated: 3/16/2020