You and your loved ones, along with our Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa community are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope you are safe and healthy during this challenging time.

LOCAL YOUTH NEED YOUR SUPPORT NOW MORE THAN EVER

While the current pandemic situation is taking its toll differently on each individual, we know that it is deeply affecting our young people. You are needed more than ever.

Many young people supported by Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa are finding themselves in difficult situations. Their families are struggling financially and frustrated with trying to homeschool. Of concern is the potential for family violence and other negative impacts on their mental health leading to depression and anxiety.

There is good news! Having a consistent and caring mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa in these young people’s lives gives them the additional support they need outside of their homes. Mentors are there to listen, give advice, and can offer a helping hand when they need it the most.

COVID-19 HAS AFFECTED OUR BOTTOM LINES

With your help, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa is determined to make it through this pandemic alongside our youth. Connecting to their mentors is key, even if it has to be virtually for now! It is a lifeline for them!

Your donation will ensure that these match relationships can survive. The loss of revenue from the cancellation of our fundraising events is a huge blow to our bottom line. However, we are hopeful you will help  support to our youth today.

A HUGE RETURN ON YOUR INVESTMENT

For every $1 spent on mentoring a youth, $18 – $23 is returned to society through economic means.

Studies have shown that former Littles will, on average, earn $315,000 more during the course of their working lives and that they are also significantly more likely to give generously to charity or volunteer their time for community service. And because they’re more likely to earn more, that returns more dollars back into the community.

Thanks to our donors, we are able to find collaborative solutions to challenges facing our local children and communities.