BBBS of Metropolitan Chicago is focused on bringing one-to-one mentoring to each and every Chicagoland neighborhood. As an organization whose mission is dedicated to creating positive, healthy human relationships, we continue to do everything we can to move this critical work forward and be there for the most vulnerable across Lake County communities.
Social distancing has not slowed down Big Brothers Big Sisters’ commitment to keeping their mentoring matches connected – socially and emotionally. The agency has found innovative ways to make sure Bigs (mentors) and Littles (mentees) are still meeting virtually. They are providing resources Bigs and Little can utilize together, from fun interactive games and educational tools to guidance on managing stress, maintaining focus on schoolwork, combating boredom and negative influences.
To best serve families right now, Big Brothers Big Sisters has also started an Emergency Relief Fund, where families can apply for financial assistance to meet their basic needs, including food, medicine, utilities and rent. Additionally, the agency has a Family Engagement Coordinator that is focused on providing all of their families up-to-date information and resources that may offer stability in this uncertain time: from job posts to securing government benefits and basic needs.