Big Brother Big Sisters is a staple within the Community of Humboldt, connecting mentors with children to help them grow to their fullest potential.
Executive Director Jodie Hergott says 2022 was a great year for the organization.
“BBBS had a great year, we kicked off February with Bowl for Kid's Sake, and it was out of this world. We had a lot of fun, we had a lot of classrooms come on board and they were able to have a bowling party in the classroom and bowl virtually and still contribute to the event without even leaving their classroom.”
Hergott says another exciting event that happened this year was the expansion to their annual Diva for a Day event.
“We doubled our participation numbers, and we sold out within two weeks. We had 144 golfers and the effort that was put into costumes was incredible and we raised a record profit of just over 22 thousand dollars for the event.”
A new event called the Festival of Frights was introduced to the Humboldt community for the first time, scaring everyone throughout October.
“It exceeded all our expectations. We had over 675 people come through the door and raised in the neighbourhood of 10,000 dollars, so again we are looking forward and planning for that event next year as well.”
She says while it was a very successful year, they are still struggling a bit with their waitlist.
“Our waitlist is sitting at 21, and it's been sitting at that number for quite some time. Some of the kids on our waitlist have been on there for 2 - 3 years. Majority of that waitlist is male, so we are looking to find mentors all the time. We are keeping our fingers crossed we will see a reduction in that number in the coming year.”
Hergott says they are thankful for all the support that they have received over the past year, and hopes the support continues throughout the year.
“We know everyone believes in the power of mentoring, and we are looking forward to making more matches in 2023, and giving those kids the much-needed friend and role model that they deserve.”