Over the past 15 years, BBBSCI is proud to have provided 9,609 mentoring relationships to girls and boys in our community! To celebrate our past and look ahead to the future, we’ve asked some of the many people who’ve been a part of BBBSCI to reflect on their journey. Throughout January and February, we’re publishing blog posts written by staff, Board members, donors, and long-time supporters as they share in their own words why they’re proud to be a part of BBBSCI’s history.
Guest blogger: Darcey Palmer-Shultz
Staff member since: January 2006
As the daughter of a history teacher, I’ve always carried with me an appreciation for the past – the people and effort that led us to this point, the values and priorities that carry us forward, and the lessons that shape us along the way. Some of my favorite stories about this agency’s history are those about the merger of Big Brothers of Greater Indianapolis and Big Sisters of Central Indiana that bring us to the milestone we’re celebrating this month.
As Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana celebrates its 15th anniversary, I jotted down 15 reasons I’m proud and grateful to be a part of this organization’s history of service to our community:
6. Best staff ever. Our team puts kids first, is “on it,” thinks big, celebrates the little things, and powers up life-changing relationships. Plus, they are quite simply fun and wonderful people.
7. We don’t sit still. We’re always working to do more for our kids, volunteers, and families. We built a mobile app for Bigs. We connect parents to needed resources. We expand partnerships to give matches as many opportunities as possible.
8. Our board members are “all in” and unwavering in their commitment to our mission.
9. It’s not just a job. Not even close. What we do at Big Brothers Big Sisters and the people who are a part of it have become a seamless part of my life, and I’m so grateful.
10. We go where our community needs us most. In Indy, that means we’re ramping up efforts in the six neighborhoods identified by the Department of Public Safety for collaborative investment in quality of life services.