November 30, 2023

Unique Ways to Give Back to Your Community

We've been making history since 1973, working tirelessly to change kids' perspectives and provide them with the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Unique Ways to Give Back to Your Community

At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada, we've been making history since 1973, working tirelessly to change kids' perspectives and provide them with the opportunity to reach their full potential. This incredible journey has only been possible thanks to the dedication of volunteers, donors, and advocates like you for five decades. Today, we'd like to share some unique ways to improve your community, with a focus on our mission and the incredible impact you can make.

Our Mission and Vision

Our mission is not just a statement, but a guiding principle that drives our organization's every action. It's simple, yet incredibly powerful: to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. We are deeply committed to the belief that every young individual possesses the untapped potential to achieve their dreams, regardless of their circumstances. Our vision is all youth achieve their full potential.

Our Impact

Our unwavering commitment to giving back to the community extends far beyond words; it is reflected in the tangible impact we make in the lives of the youth we serve. By forging partnerships with parents, guardians, dedicated volunteers, and the people in the community, we are steadfastly dedicated to ensuring that each child enrolled in our program achieves:

Higher Aspirations, Greater Confidence, and Better Relationships:

Through our mentorship programs, we strive to ignite the flames of aspiration within every young heart we touch. We inspire them to dream bigger, set goals and provide the guidance and support necessary to transform those dreams into reality. In the process, we nurture their self-confidence and help them build more meaningful and positive relationships, both with their mentors and within their wider communities.

Avoidance of Risky Behaviors:

We recognize that adolescence can be a time of vulnerability, where young people may encounter pressures and temptations that can lead to risky behaviors. Our mentoring relationships serve as a protective shield, offering guidance and positive role models that steer children away from harmful choices. We empower them to make informed decisions and build the resilience needed to withstand the challenges they may face.

Educational Success:

Education is the cornerstone of a brighter future, and we are steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that every child excels academically. Our mentoring programs are designed to provide tailored support that addresses the specific educational needs and goals of each child. We collaborate closely with schools, educators, and parents to foster a love for learning, improve academic performance, and open doors to a world of opportunities.

The impact we aim to make in the lives of young individuals is broad and transformative, encompassing their aspirations, confidence, relationships, behavior choices, and educational success. Our commitment to helping the community is resolute, as we believe that every youth we touch is a potential future leader, innovator, and contributor to society. Together, with the support of our dedicated team, volunteers, and community, we continue to work diligently to realize this vision and make a lasting difference in the lives of the youth we serve.

Volunteer as a Big Brother or Big Sister

Our primary mission is to create life-changing mentoring relationships, and you can be a part of this transformation by donating your time. Becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the best ways to improve your community. You can share your experiences, dedicate your time, and help a child build higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships. By doing so, you not only enrich a child's life, but also contribute to the betterment of your community.

The Benefits of Volunteering

If you’re wondering why volunteering is important, volunteering offers a multitude of benefits, including personal growth, skill development, and enhanced wellbeing. It provides a chance to learn new things, meet like-minded individuals, and strengthen your sense of empathy and compassion. Moreover, it allows you to be a role model, inspiring others to join in and contribute to the people in the community.

Support Our Donation Center

If you are unable to volunteer, another impactful way to support our mission is through the Donation Center, where your gently used clothing and small household items can make a significant difference in giving back.

When you donate your items, you're not only giving a new lease on life to your possessions, but also giving back to the children in need. We ensure that your contributions go directly to families who require assistance. The items we can't use are sold to our charity partner, Savers Thrift Stores, with 100% of the net proceeds benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada.

By donating to our Donation Center, you are not just decluttering your home, but also contributing to the well-being of local children in need. It's a simple yet impactful way to improve your community.

Donating is convenient and accessible. You don't even need to visit a donation drop-off location. We come to you! Schedule a pickup, and the day before, we can send you a reminder. All you need to do is ensure your items are clearly marked for collection.

Other Ways to Help

Apart from clothing and small household items, there are other ways to help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada. You can consider planned giving to create a lasting legacy of support. This form of donation not only benefits the organization, but also offers potential tax advantages and income increases for you.

Donating stocks and securities is another valuable way to invest in the future of people in the community. This method allows you to take a charitable deduction for the full fair-market value of appreciated securities and avoid paying capital gains tax. The process is straightforward, whether your equities are held by a bank or in a brokerage account.

Foundations and corporations can also play a significant role in supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters. By partnering with this respected organization, they can contribute to the community's most valuable asset — its children. Big Brothers Big Sisters has a strong reputation for efficiency and accountability, making it an ideal choice for major investments that can give back to the community and potentially pave the way for future business leaders.

Your contributions to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Donation Center and the organization as a whole has a ripple effect, creating a brighter future for children and strengthening the community. By giving in any way you can, you become an integral part of our inspiring mission. 

To learn more about the various ways to get involved and support our organization, whether it's through making a donation, volunteering your time, or exploring other ways to help your community, we invite you to contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada. Together, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of children and in giving back to the community. Contact us today to discover how you can be a part of this important initiative.