For the second year in a row, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana (BBBSCI) is partnering with the Indianapolis Indians in an effort to recruit 100 adult male volunteers in 50 days and raise awareness of the importance of mentoring. The campaign begins April 21 and ends on June 10, 2017. This yearly campaign was launched by BBBSCI in 2014 to meet the overwhelming need for male mentors. The Indianapolis Indians are serving as the Presenting Partner for the campaign and will offer Knot Hole Club memberships to Littles matched as a result of the campaign, as well as make special appearances at BBBSCI events during the campaign.
Seventy percent of the children waiting to be matched with Bigs are boys. The average wait time for boys waiting to be matched is about one year due to the lack of male volunteers. The campaign is aimed at involving individuals and organizations of all kinds to participate or spread the word about the importance of mentoring. Through a wide range of community speaking events, social events, and awareness opportunities, the Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, friends, current volunteers and Board will be pounding the pavement to engage men as Big Brothers, Big Couples, and Big Friend pairs.
“The Indianapolis Indians are a true gift to this community and actively engage in helping our community thrive,” Darcey Palmer-Shultz, BBBSCI Chief Executive Officer, shared. “We’re excited to partner with them again to recruit more adult males to serve as role models for the hundreds of boys on our wait list. This campaign reminds us all that spending even just a little bit of time with a child on a monthly basis can lead to big changes in both the child’s life and our community.”
“We are very proud to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana,” said Randy Lewandowski, Indianapolis Indians president and general manager. “Anything we can do to raise the profile of this important campaign is significant because of its mission to positively influence the lives of children. Our organization has cared for our community for many years, and it will continue to do so for many years to come through partnerships like this.”
Individuals interested in getting involved are encouraged to contact Rick Belbutoski, Manager of Volunteer Outreach and Engagement, at: [email protected] / 317-472-3720 or visit our website at: www.bebigforkids.org.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana will serve 1,100 youth this year by proving them with mentors (Bigs). BBBSCI partners with parents, guardians, volunteers, schools, donors, and others in the community to be accountable for helping youth in our program achieve higher aspirations, greater confidence, educational success, and avoidance of risky behaviors. An affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and a United Way partner, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana is a non-profit organization that provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. To volunteer, donate or for more information, visit www.bebigforkids.org or call (317) 921-2201.
About the Indianapolis Indians
The Indianapolis Indians are the professional Triple-A baseball club affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The organization’s mission is to provide Indians baseball at Victory Field as affordable and memorable family fun. The Indians play their home games at Victory Field, a 14,200-seat ballpark located in downtown Indianapolis and White River State Park. The venue opened in 1996 and has received numerous national accolades as one of the best minor league ballparks in the United States. In 2013 and 2016, the Indians led all of Minor League Baseball in overall attendance, while in 2014 and 2015 set Victory Field single-season attendance records. The team has been in continuous operation since 1902.