COVID-19 UPDATE

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa (BBBSO) is committed to the health and safety of its youth, families, volunteers and staff. With the current COVID-19 outbreak and confirmed cases in Ottawa, BBBSO is putting measures in place to ensure we are protecting staff, supporting our families and matches and doing our part to minimize the spread of the virus in the community.

Please note that because the BBBSO offices are located in a school and provincial health officials have made a decision to close all publicly funded Ontario schools, our offices are closed until Sunday, May 1st. Staff members continue to work remotely from their homes.

MEASURES BBBSO IS TAKING DUE TO COVID-19

Staff members are working from home, and are checking in with matches and families to ensure they’re safe and well, and to provide them with any necessary resources.

Community-Based Mentoring programs (MPOWER, Big Brothers/Sisters) continue…matches are connecting via phone calls, video chats and texts and program staff are checking in with families and volunteers by phone.

BBBSO continues to accept and process online volunteer applications. We are continuously looking at ways to adapt to the current situation and are considering online training and virtual interviews.

Stay Connected

Check the BBBSO social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn for updates, helpful tips and resources.

If you need to talk to someone, the Distress Centre of Ottawa is an excellent resource. Please reach out.

For the latest official updates on COVID-19, a great source of accurate information is the Ottawa Public Health website.

FUNDRAISING UPDATE

Big Shout Out 50th Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony 

This event has been cancelled, but we hope to reschedule the event at a later date this year. For those who have purchased tickets to the event, you will be provided with a refund or if you would prefer to leave as a donation we are happy to provide a charitable tax receipt.

Annual General Meeting

At this time, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday, April 20th. will go ahead as a virtual meeting. Information will be sent out soon on the logistics of how this will take place. 

Clothes For Kids’ Sake

Right now is the perfect opportunity to begin spring cleaning and purging unwanted clothing, shoes, accessories and textiles. BBBSO can arrange safe porch pickups of 10+ large bags. Every 1lb. of clothing generates funds towards mentoring programs for youth in Ottawa. For more information, please visit: https://www.donatetobbbso.ca/ or email info@bbbso.ca.

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who continues to support BBBSO. Stay safe and healthy!