Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest
222 W. Mission, Suite 40
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 328-8310

Contact: Darin Christensen-CEO

Heather Osborne-Program Director
(509)328-8310 ex 216

Ken Shelton- Enrollment and Matching Specialist
(509)328-8310 ex 214

Melissa Smith- Fundraising Events Coordinator & Development Associate
(509)328-8310 ex 223

Stephanie Parzuchowski-Community-Based Match Support Specialist

Alonda Moran-Community-Based Match Support Specialist
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For more than 45 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers ("Bigs") and children ("Littles"), ages 6 through 18. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

the average length of a match in months in the Inland Northwest

The national average for a length of a match is 22 months

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

All children achieve success in life.

By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community, we are accountable for each child in our program achieving:
• higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
• avoidance of risky behaviors
• educational success

Our Program Starts Something
Here is the proof! In 1995 a nation-wide scientific study of the Big Brothers Big Sisters community-based program showed that children matched to a Big Brother or Big Sister are:
• 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
• 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
• 52% less likely to skip school
• 37% less likely to skip a class
• more confident of their performance in schoolwork
• one-third less likely to hit someone
• getting along better with their families

An additional study of the school-based mentoring program has shown that of all children matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister in school:
• 58% improved their school performance
• 65% showed higher levels of self-confidence
• 55% had a better attitude toward school

Key Findings of BBBS Alumni
A 2008 Harris Interactive Research Study of adults who were formerly Little Brothers and Little Sisters culminated the following results:
• 90% agree that their Big made them feel better about themselves
• 76% learned right from wrong from their Big
• 72% are extremely satisfied with their relationship to friends
• 77% agree that their Big helped them make better choices
• 65% believe their Big helped them reach a higher level of education
• 77% did better in school than their peers
• 90% believe their Big provided stability when they needed it
• 76% learned about the importance of helping others from their Big
• 75% more likely to earn a four-year college degree

Volunteer Opportunities:

Community and School-Based Mentoring

Community-based Mentoring is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship. It’s all about one-on-one time spent with the volunteer and the young person doing things they enjoy — 2 to 4 hours for 2 to 4 times a month with shared interests and activities like: shooting hoops, baking, playing a board game or hanging out and talking.

Our School-Based Program

In site-based mentoring programs, volunteers and children meet for one-to-one mentoring in the classroom, school library, school computer room, neighborhood community center, or other set location. Volunteers and children meet one lunch hour a week to read together, play sports or computer games, or simply talk about life and personal issues – just as friends do.

Annual Events:

Bowl for Kids Sake - Bowl for Kids' Sake is a fun and easy way to positively impact a child's life right here in our community! It is Big Brothers Big Sisters' signature fundraising campaign. Each year, community members come together to raise money and support Big Brothers Big Sisters in their effort to help children.

You can be part of something BIG in your community by participating in the campaign!

Benefit Breakfast  239 people attended the 2011 Benefit Breakfast and contributed over $81,000 to support for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest.

At the breakfast, our guests got to hear from some great spreakers and how the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program has affected them and why they choose to support the organization.

Save the Date for the 2012 Event!
The 2012 event will be held on Friday, November 2nd. You can become a Table Captain or a Guest! Or maybe your company wants to sponsor the event? Contact us and let us know how you want to be involved:
Melissa Smith
(509) 328-8310 x223

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