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Little of the Month – January 2021

Our first Little of the Month for the new year wants to be a technology engineer when he grows up. Little Brother Louis is a 12-year-old from Reading.  He enjoys playing video games and riding his bike. LB Louis has been with the agency since February 2020, and is awaiting a One-To-One Big.  He would benefit greatly from having a positive, out-going mentor in his life — someone to encourage him; someone to stand with him to defend his potential. For more than 50 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has provided quality-driven mentoring programs to Berks County youth facing adversity. …

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Holiday Spirit at BBBS

COVID precautions…an impending snow storm…nothing could stop the Holiday spirit at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berks County! Littles and their families came to the Carriage House Activities Center in shifts to pick up gifts, enjoy some hot chocolate & cookies, and spend some time with our special visitors…Santa & Mrs. Claus! We again thank Performance Toyota, C & S, Loomis, and Alvernia’s Institutional Advancement office for providing gifts for our Little Brothers and Little Sisters.

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Annual Awards 2020

Each year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berks County presents its Annual Awards for outstanding participants and outstanding supporters of our agency.  The awards are typically presented during our Annual Holiday Party, but the COVID-19 challenges this year required us to do things a little different. Our Community Partner of the Year for 2020 has been a long-time partner of our agency, but took a major step forward when COVID-19 posed some heavy challenges for the agency.  Forced to make BFKS 2020 an all-virtual event and to cancel our Jason Claudfelter Invitational (among other things), our fundraising efforts were sent…

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Little of the Month – December 2020

He wants to be a scientist or astronaut when he grows up.  Meet Little Brother Brandon, our Little of the Month for December 2020.  Brandon is a 9-year-old from Sinking Spring, PA who enjoys riding his bike and playing video games.  He has been with the agency since May and is still awaiting a One-To-One Match.  Are you who he has been waiting for? LB Brandon would benefit greatly from having a positive, out-going role model in his life.  He is looking for someone that he can trust and talk to; someone to spend one-on-one time with him; someone to…

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Little of the Month – November 2020

He wants to be a professional basketball player when he grows up. Meet Little Brother Jason, our Little of the Month for November 2020. Jason is a 15-year-old from Reading who enjoys playing basketball, bowling, and video games. He has been with the agency since 2013 and is still awaiting a One-To-One Match.  Are you who he has been waiting for? LB Jason would benefit greatly from having a positive, out-going role model in his life.  He is looking for someone that he can trust and talk to; someone to spend one-on-one time with him; someone to take him out…

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School supplies and more

It was great to see some of our Littles and their families on Saturday (November 7th) for our second day of providing school supplies — thanks to Diamond Credit Union and The Camel Project.  Our first school-supplies giveaway was held as a drive-thru on October 28th at the Diamond Credit Union branch in Wyomissing. This time, Littles and families — observing social distancing and other proper protocol — came into our Carriage House Activities Center to pick up their supplies.  Besides school supplies, the Littles were also able to get some new school clothes. Schools may be virtual, in-person, or a…

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Littles receive the tools to succeed

School is particularly difficult for our kids these days.  No matter how they go to school — virtual, in-person, or a hybrid — our Littles need the tools to succeed.  Thanks to the generosity of a number of people, they will have them. Diamond Credit Union held a school-supplies drive last month as part of the United Way Day of Caring.  Yesterday (October 28th), Youth Activities Coordinator Shannon Farrow and Casework Manager Liz Werner conducted a drive-thru event at the Diamond Credit Union branch in Wyomissing, so that some of our families could pick up the supplies. Today (October 29th),…

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Little of the Month – October 2020

At this point, he isn’t sure what he wants to be when he grows up, Little Brother Tariq just knows he wants to be successful.  Well said, Tariq!  After all, isn’t that what we want for all of our Littles…to become successful, responsible adults when they grow up.  And that’s why we have to DEFEND their POTENTIAL! Meet LB Tariq, our Little of the Month for October 2020.  LB Tariq is an 11-year-old from Bernville who enjoys sports, painting & drawing, writing, and Lego building.  He has been with the agency since 2018, and is still awaiting a One-To-One match.  Are…

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LS Kaitlyn and BS Terri meet

Little Sister Kaitlyn and Big Sister Terri were actually matched back in April, but have been meeting virtually due to COVID-19 challenges. Yesterday, they met face-to-face for the first time. Keeping COVID-19 precautions in mind, some matches are meeting face-to-face now — while others remain strictly virtual, and others still are using a mix of virtual and face-to-face. In all cases though, the safety of our Littles is our #1 priority. In these difficult times, mentoring is even more critical than ever for our Littles. We thank all of our Bigs for their continued dedication in defending and empowering potential…

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Little of the Month – September 2020

She wants to be a police officer when she grows up.  Meet Sister Sanai, our Little of the Month for September 2020. Little Sister Sanai is a 13-year-old from Douglasville who enjoys cooking.   She has been with the agency since 2019 and is still awaiting a One-To-One Match.  Are you who she has been waiting for? LS Sanai would benefit greatly from having a positive, out-going role model in her life.  She is looking for someone that she can trust and talk to; someone to spend one-on-one time with her; someone to take her out of the home and encourage…

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