POSTIVELY CHANGING ORILLIA AND COMMUNITY
In 2016 alone, our agency provided over 11,000 hours of free mentoring programs to over 360 local children and youth. We were only able to do this through the generous support of over 155 volunteers.
REPUTABLE AND ACCOUNTABLE
Providing life changing mentoring experiences since 1966, Big Brothers Big Sisters was named One of Financial Post’s Top 25 Charities in 2014. With 50+ years of service to Orillia and area, our experience in providing quality service to our community is endorsed by over 1,000 individuals annually who support us through one of our signature events.
Every $1 invested in our programming returns between $18-$23 to society through taxes, higher incomes, volunteerism, and charitable donations.
THE CONFIDENCE TO ACHIEVE MORE
Every child in Orillia & District who needs a mentor, has a mentor.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orillia & District fosters and supports positive mentoring relationships for children in our community.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orillia is connected to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, a Federation comprised of 108 member agencies servicing more than 1,100 communities across the country.
Many children and youth in Canada struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives.
Facing prolonged adversity creates toxic stress in the brain that can negatively impact development.
With the support of a mentor, these risks can be reduced or even avoided, and youth can reach their full potential.
Many children and youth in Canada struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives like detrimental living conditions, family violence, risk factors for mental health, school issues and identity challenges.
These circumstances have nothing to do with the value of who they are or who they can become, but because of these situations, children and youth risk not having the opportunity to live up to their full potential.
Even worse is the possibility of continuing cycles of poverty and crime or developing mental health issues.
This comes at a cost to the young person, and to society.
With the guidance and support of a mentor, these risks can be reduced or even avoided, and youth are reminded they can be anything they dream of being.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is a Federation comprised of 108 member agencies servicing more than 1,100 communities across the country. Together we mobilize over 21,300 volunteers who in turn mentor 41,700+ children and young people. That works out to nearly:
16,000+ volunteer hours each year
Big Brother Big Sisters of Orillia provides direct service to children by matching volunteers and youths in quality mentoring relationships. Backed by our National Office, our agency staff members are experts at screening volunteers and matching them with a mentee having similar interests, including our Nationally recognized Child Safety Training program.
We put every effort into qualifying, training and supporting our volunteers and families, all with a goal to ensure that every relationship is not only positive but life changing.