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PA Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berks County, PA, has been renewed as an EITC-eligible organization in Pennsylvania.  The PA Education Improvement Tax Credit program allows EITC-approved companies to donate a portion of their state taxes to EITC-eligible organizations. More specifically, EITC donations received by BBBS of Berks help fund our SMART (Students & Mentors Achieving Results Together) at three of the districts where SMART is offered:  Conrad Weiser, Hamburg Area, and Oley Valley. For more information on the PA EITC program, go to:  https://dced.pa.gov/programs/educational-improvement-tax-credit-program-eitc/  

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Little of the Month – October 2018

Our October Little of the Month is Little Brother Joey! LB Joey is in 8th grade and lives in Douglassville with his brother and grandparents. He’s been involved with the agency since August and is awaiting a match. Could you be LB Joey’s new Big? LB Joey likes playing Fortnite and football. When he grows up, he wants to be a police detective.  LB Joey would benefit greatly from having a positive, outgoing role model in his life…someone he can look up to; someone he can talk to; someone to encourage his interests; someone who will recognize LB Joey’s potential…

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Carriage House opens!

The Carriage House Activities Center made its debut yesterday during our Open House event! The Berks County community turned out to celebrate the opening of our new facility, which provides a safe and nurturing environment for our Littles to participate in agency activities. The opening culminated a process that began three years ago.  Actually, the agency has always intended to renovate our Carriage House and turn it into an activities center ever since we purchased our current location in May 2001.  It wasn’t until 2015 though when the plans took a giant leap forward.  That’s when a team of Leadership…

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Carriage House Open House

It’s a concept we’ve had since purchasing our property in May 2001; an idea that began to take shape in 2015 thanks to a Leadership Berks project; a cause that the Berks County community rallied behind in 2017 during our mini-Capital Campaign; and a reality that will be seen on October 16th. Stop by anytime between 1 pm and 8 pm on October 16th or come to the ribbon cutting at 4:30 pm, as we show off the new Carriage House Activities Center.  The new facility will provide our Little Brothers and Little Sisters a safe, comfortable, inviting area to…

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Little of the Month – September 2018

Little Sister Gladys is looking for an active Big Sister who can broaden her horizons.  Our Little of the Month for September says she’d like her Big Sister to be patient and kind…a Big she can confide in and trust.  LS Gladys says she’d like a Big Sister who could spend one-on-one time with her, encourage her interests, and make a positive difference in her life. You can make a difference in the life of a child just like LS Gladys.  Adult volunteers are needed to be a friend and a positive role model.  Activities that Bigs do with Littles…

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2018 Jason Claudfelter Invitational

The 2018 Jason Claudfelter Invitational is in the books…and would not have been successful without our Corporate Sponsors for the event including Title Sponsors:   Thank you to our Major Sponsor:  And our Assisting Sponsors:                                 As well as LaunchDM and the West Lawn Quoiting Association. We would also like to thank all of our Hole Sponsors: Aerotek, Inc. – Tompkins VIST Bank – Burkhart Refractory – Phil & Jeanette Coles – Colon Mechanical – Diamond Credit Union – Gablesville Athletic Association – Herbein + Company –…

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Little of the Month – August 2018

Little Sister Joismary wants to be a physical education teacher when she grows up.  She plays field hockey and enjoys crafts.  LS Joismary — who also participates in our Teen program — has been in COUL (the Club Of Unmatched Littles) since she came to the agency about four years ago…still waiting for her first One-To-One match.  Could you be her Big Sister? LS Joismary — our Little of the Month for August — would benefit greatly from having a positive role model in her life.  She says she would like someone who is nice and can build lasting memories…

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2018 Jason Claudfelter Invitational

We are just one month away from our 17th annual golf event…the 2018 Jason Claudfelter Invitational!  This year’s event takes place Friday, August 17th, at Willow Hollow Golf Course. The Jason Claudfelter Invitational is a scramble format with a “shotgun” start at 1 pm.  Registration goes from 12 noon to 12:45 pm.  The event includes food and refreshments before and during — plus a catered meal afterwards.  Each golfer receives a THANK YOU give-away and is eligible for numerous door prizes throughout the day.  Prizes are awarded to the Top Three teams, and the Top Team has their name engraved on the…

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Little of the Month – July 2018

Meet Little Brother Alexis…an 8th grader from Reading, who is this month’s Little of the Month!  Alexis is new to Big Brothers Big Sisters having been accepted only about a month ago.  He likes riding his bike, being active, and playing games with other kids in the neighborhood.  LB Alexis wants to be a veterinarian when he grows up. LB Alexis would benefit greatly from having a positive, outgoing male role model in his life.  He is looking for an active Big Brother who’s into sports.  LB Alexis says his favorite sport is football, but he also likes baseball and…

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Little of the Month – June 2018

He may be wearing a baseball uniform in his picture, but Little Brother Nasir wants to be a professional basketball player in the NBA when he grows up.  LB Nasir — our Little of the Month for June 2018 — has been with our agency for two years now, but is still awaiting a One-To-One match.  Are you that Big Brother he’s been waiting for? LB Nasir says he likes to play baseball as well as basketball, and says he like being outdoors.  He also likes listening to music. LB Nasir would benefit greatly from having a positive, outgoing role…

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