Youth in Muskoka in Danger of Losing Big Brothers Big Sisters Programs

November 1, 2019 – In the face of a financial crisis, the staff and Board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muskoka are making an urgent plea for donations to support their 22 matches and 28 waiting children and youth.
“We, like many other not for profits, are faced with the challenges of an increasingly competitive and shifting fundraising landscape.” says Samantha Ennest, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muskoka. “We’re facing difficulties securing ongoing funding and our fundraising efforts aren’t as profitable as they have been in the past” she said.
As with most not for profit organizations, securing sustainable funding can be a difficult task.
On average, a single match costs approximately $1,500 each year. For Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muskoka, finding sustainable and reliable streams of funding has become increasingly challenging, as resources previously relied upon are not always guaranteed.
“I’ve spent five years as a mentor to various littles in different provinces under the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, and this organization is a major part of any community as it provides programs that have a 100 per cent focus on the children” said James Bowler, current Board Chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muskoka. “That is why it is vital we receive support from the communities we serve, so we can continue to provide these programs to kids who need them most. Mentorship not only helps kids build self-worth and confidence, but also creates bonds that continue to stay strong even into adulthood.”
How you can help:
● Make a donation today!
● Spread our message on social media – we’re on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
● Join us as a volunteer. We’re seeking Bigs, volunteers for our events, and are accepting applications for Board members.
● Get ready to Bowl for Kids Sake! Our dates are set for February 28 & 29 and March 2 & 6. Round-up your team and contact us when you’re set to enroll.
● Partner with us and build your business’ brand through cause-related marketing campaigns, event and program sponsorship, or growth development grants.
● Make an in-kind donation. We rely greatly on in-kind contributions from our partners, such as business services and items or gift certificates we can raffle at our community events
For more information, please contact:
Samantha Ennest, Executive Director 705-644-9914
Big Brother Big Sisters of Muskoka provides one-on-one mentoring, in-school mentoring, and is home to the PRISM program (Muskoka’s first mentoring program designed to match children and youth who identify as LGBTQ+ with an adult mentor who also identifies as LGBTQ+ for a one-on-one mentoring relationship). We commit to Muskoka’s young people that we will be leaders in providing them with the highest quality, volunteer based mentoring programs and believe that we’re #StrongerTogether.