Have you heard? BBBSCR has moved!

July 29, 2020

In the interest of the safety of our staff and to promote public health in our region, we have taken advantage of the end of our 10-year lease to have all staff work from home. This move has allowed us to operate more efficiently while we make use of new technologies to stay connected with each other and support our matches. The pandemic has affected our operations in other ways as well. BBBSCR is dependent on generous supporters to meet our annual operating budget needs. With the forced cancellation of our 2020 in-person fundraising events and with the pandemic-related economic challenges confronting so many of our supporters, we are committed to ensuring that our resources are put to use where…

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Caddies 4 Kids Golf Tournament

July 22, 2020

On July 17th, former BBBSCR Big, Kristin Parker, hosted a “Caddies 4 Kids” Golf Tournament to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region. Thank you to all who participated in the tournament and a big thank you to Kristin for organizing and hosting this wonderful event to support BBBSCR! It was a great turnout (especially during Covid!) with 40 social-distancing players, beautiful weather, and lots of friendly competition–all for a great cause! Congratulations to Andrew Weise, Nickolay Gilman, James Marco, and Vince Laurenzo for taking the W with a final score of 65! First place won a gift card to Van Patten Golf Course! The afternoon tournament raised $1,300 in support of making and sustaining Big/Little matches in…

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Having Discussions About Race: A Forum for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region

June 15, 2020

New offering for BBBSCR Bigs: Join us for a free Zoom session on Tuesday, June 23rd from 6:30- 7:30 PM for a discussion about race. About this seminar: Talking about race is something that many people find intimidating. But the current worldwide demonstrations against systemic racism and the ongoing crisis of police violence against people of color make it both timely and urgent for all of us to engage in honest conversations about race and racial justice. BBBSCR Board Member Dr. Jennifer Bashant, an international consultant and keynote speaker, has partnered with Gwendolyn Bluemich, an expert on diversity, equity and inclusion, to offer this training and discussion about race. During this 60 minute virtual training, Jennifer and Gwendolyn will frame…

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Resources for Talking to Kids About Racism, Diversity, and Social Justice

June 11, 2020

The work that we do at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region improves lives and helps build bridges and better understanding among different groups in the communities we serve. Part of building that understanding is helping our children process their feelings in the wake of injustice, such as the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Many children are feeling anxious, confused, or scared and have questions about what is happening across our nation and in the local Capital Region community. Discussions about race and racism can be difficult but checking in with your Little in the wake of racist violence is crucial. Talking with a trusted adult and finding ways to take positive action…

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AN UPDATE FOR BIGS AND FAMILIES

June 9, 2020

Dear Bigs and Families: We have been inspired by all that you are doing to stay connected to your Match as we navigate these unprecedented times. Although many of you have found ways to meet virtually, we recognize that as restrictions are loosening across New York’s Capital Region, many Matches are looking forward to meeting in person. Effective June 8, 2020, if all parties agree they are comfortable, BBBSCR will allow in-person meetings, provided they follow the recommended guidelines listed below. Also see the document attached below with helpful information. Please note: if your Match was made virtually during the pandemic, there are a few additional steps needed before you are allowed to get together in person. Our enrollment team…

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