Honor Fathers By Helping Kids

This Father’s Day, honor your dad by helping children who don’t have one.Big Brother Big Sister logo


A great way to celebrate Father’s Day is to honor your dad with a charitable gift to the mentoring program of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Each year, Americans spend over $12 billion on Father’s Day. That’s a lot of money! Instead of a tie or another gadget for the grill, join the “Thanks Dad” campaign and make a gift to help kids without fathers receive the care and support of their own role model. Your dad will feel good about it, you’ll feel good about it, and your gift can positively impact a child, forever.

Big Brother volunteer with boyBig Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is a non-profit organization that provides children experiencing adversity with strong and enduring one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better. BBBS manages the region’s largest mentoring program, and many children in their program do not have a father to celebrate on Father’s Day.

Nearly 25 percent of kids growing up in America live in father-absent homes, which can be detrimental to a child’s education, mental health, relationships and career. This Father’s Day, you can make a difference and honor your dad with a tax-deductible donation to BBBS. 100 percent of your donation will support BBBS’s mentoring relationships in Portland and Vancouver.

When you make a donation at any level, BBBS will immediately send you a commemorative certificate that you can print for your dad or email to him. This Father’s Day, you can positively impact a child, forever. Give online at https://itsbigtime.org/Thanks-Dad/.

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How do I make a gift to honor dads on Father’s Day?

 Step 1. Make a donation at any level to BBBS. Your gift is fully tax-deductible. Give online at https://itsbigtime.org/Thanks-Dad/.

Step 2. BBBS will immediately send you an email acknowledging your donation. The email will include a link to download a certificate to commemorate your gift. You can print the certificate and give to your dad or email the certificate to him.

How does BBBS help children?

The Big Brothers Big Sisters mission is to provide children experiencing adversity with strong and enduring, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. BBBS’s Mentoring Program is where the volunteer and the child — known as a match, meet out in the community for a few hours a week, three to four times per month. Some volunteers meet their Little Brothers and Sisters on the weekends. Others get together in the evenings. Others meet their Little Brothers and Sisters at school once a week to have lunch together.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is proud to support more than 500 matches in the Portland-Vancouver community. However, we are at capacity and need additional funds to meet the needs of other children. Your gift enables us to match more children with mentors, to professionally support these relationships, and to coordinate fun activities and events. National and local studies show that children who have mentors are more likely to improve in school and in their relationships with family and friends, and are less likely to skip school or use illegal drugs or alcohol.

 Who else is involved in this campaign?

 This project is coordinated by a SAGE Legacy Fellow, Steve Higgs. SAGE (Senior Advocates for Generational Equity) is a Portland-based nonprofit organization that inspires people over fifty to give of their time, money and voice to enable younger and future generations to thrive. The Legacy Fellowship is a nine-month leadership program to train and support individuals and teams to carry out community benefit projects of their own design. Learn more at www.wearesage.org/get-involved/fellowship.

 

 

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