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The BIG News, February 2016


March 2017

Dear Mentors & Friends,                                                          

We are only a few weeks away from the 33rd Annual Bowl for Kids Sake! The success of this signature fundraising event has a huge impact on our agency. Last year we were thrilled to announce that the event raised over $50,000. This year we hope to exceed this number, but can't do it without supporters like YOU.

Join us on May 20 at Crenshaw Lanes for a day of bowling, food, and fun to help us celebrate the success of our fundraiser.

Join in the fun by registering for the event here. We need bowling teams! For more information contact Jeanie Booth at


Alva Striplin, CEO



Board Member Spotlight


Treasurer Brian Walgamott

This month we highlight Board of Directors Treasurer Brian Walgamott.

Brian joined the board of directors in 2016. Since 2008, Brian has been providing tax compliance and consulting services. A graduate of Florida State University with a Master's degree in Accounting, Brian has experience working with corporate, partnership, not-for-profit, and high-net worth individual clients. He has provided services to clients in the automotive, real estate, construction, medical, and manufacturing industries. Brian also has specific experience working with clients on international issues and litigation support. Thank you Brian for joining the Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors and for your leadership!


Where's a purple bin?

Bin Partner Wildwood Church

We’d like to thank Wildwood Church located on the corner of N Meridian and Ox Bottom Road for hosting a donation bin. Every Sunday, you can expect meaningful worship that combines music, prayer and teaching within the walls of this Presbyterian Church. Their 9:15am service blends traditional and popular styles. Their 11:00am service features more popular styles. The worship team creatively uses many genres and styles as a reflection of the diverse people who come together to attend service. More information about how to connect and serve through the church can found at

Thank you Wildwood for supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters and investing in the lives of the children in our community!

During this time of year we are reaching out with a small but impactful way for you to help us match more children with caring mentors, simply click on the number 15 and sign up to give $15 on the 15th day of each month!

Donate Today!






For more than 3 years now, this dynamic duo has built a strong relationship that we think will last forever! Not only has Ashaunti improved academically, Samantha has exposed her to volunteering in her community with Red Cross following Hurricane Hermine and brightening the holiday season for other kids in need. In Ashaunti’s words, “Samantha is a really great Big Sister, I’m staying out of trouble and doing good deeds. She’s there whenever I need her and is kind, sweet, and loving all in one. I’m pretty sure that she’s going to stay my sister forever and ever.”

They have developed a strong relationship with the trust to tackle difficult conversations like race relations, policemen, socioeconomic spheres and so many other themes that Ashaunti sees in life and on TV. Samantha reminds Ashaunti that they are in this together and that there is always something we can learn from each experience. Ashaunti’s Mom said, “Samantha has had an awesome impact on my daughter’s self-confidence and on how she performs in school. Also, how she feels about school in general. There have been times when my daughter hasn’t picked the best of peers, but her mentor helps out in some way into making good decisions and avoiding risky behaviors. She encourages Ashaunti to believe in herself and what she can accomplish if she stays positive and focused. Samantha is the best, very sweet spirit and humble. I wouldn’t change my daughter’s mentor for the world.”

Samantha told us, “All in all, being a Big (mentor) isn’t about impacting a child’s life. It’s about being open to new experiences, personal growth and sacrifice. If not for my Little, Ashaunti, I wouldn’t have the experience of helping a teenager find their footing in this world, navigating high school all over again and exposing a young woman to her true potential. Thank you, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend for matching us. Ashaunti and I have gained new strengths because of one another and I look forward to what the future holds for her.”

Envision Credit Union

Envision Credit Union's commitment to our members begins with the personal service you expect from us as your institution dedicated to helping you improve your financial situation. That's the foundation of each relationship we create with our members. Our valuable products and services are smart tools that you need to achieve more of your goals, from personal banking and mortgage solutions to services supporting the area's small businesses.

At Envision Credit Union, our employees strive to improve the lives of residents in Tallahassee and surrounding communities. Our dedication to these volunteer and sponsorship efforts reinforces our belief that we all benefit from stronger communities.


There are many ways to support Big Brothers Big Sisters

For more information about how to become involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend as a sponsor, supporter or volunteer please call Jeanie J. Booth at 850-386-6002 or email


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