COVID-19 RESPONSE & UPDATES
From all of us at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota, we sincerely hope that you and your family are safe and healthy through this unprecedented time.
Now, perhaps more than ever, the mission and the impact of Big Brothers Big Sisters is evident and urgent. We still need your support to continue to offer our life changing program to youth in our communities. We know that together, we are defenders of potential. We are here to stand with the youth and empower them. Every day brings new changes and challenges, and we are confident that we will get through this.
We continue to check in with our Bigs and Littles on a regular basis and provide the support and resources to help them stay connected and continue to build their relationship even while practicing social distancing. We are also providing resources to the families to help during this time of crisis. We are closely monitoring the situation will continue to provide updates.
Thank you for believing in us. Thank you for believing in the kids we serve. And thank you for standing beside us now as we face the challenges ahead.
Stay healthy and safe,
Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota
BIGS, LITTLES, AND FAMILIES
To protect the safety, health, and well-being of our Bigs, Littles, and families, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota has suspended all in-person contact until further notice. Bigs and Littles are staying connected in other ways, and we are hosting virtual group match activities.
- Click here for access to many family- and kid-friendly virtual activities.
- Click here for match activities and tips for Bigs while social distancing.
We continue to actively recruit new Bigs. Potential new volunteers should inquire online—the first step in becoming a Big. We are also hosting frequent Virtual Info Sessions over Zoom to ask questions and jump-start our enrollment process. New volunteers can complete all paperwork and training at this time. We will then introduce each new Big to their Little as soon as Minnesota's Stay Home Order is lifted. We have about 250 Littles waiting for a Big in our community right now.
- Click here to inquire, the first step in becoming a Big.
- Click here to sign up for a Virtual Info Session.
FOOD AND CLOTHING
- Free meals for students - click here for information in each district
- Steele County Food Shelf in Owatonna - food & clothing available for families in need
- Curbside pickup hours: Mon & Wed 9am - 4:30pm | Tues, Thurs, & Fri 9am - 3:30 pm
- Call 507-455-2991 for delivery for those with limited mobility
- Click here for a list of emergency food resources across Rice County.
- Dodge County Food Shelf in Kasson - call (507)634-4350 for information and to arrange a visit
- The Waseca Area Neighborhood Service Center's Food Shelf is open by appointment - Call 507-833-4119
- Click here for a list of resources in Rice County.
- Click here for a list of resources in Steele County.
Our staff is working remotely until further notice. Match Support Specialists remain our go-to resources for all Bigs and Littles. As always, contact your MSS with any questions or concerns.
BOWL FOR KIDS' SAKE
The Bowl for Kids’ Sake events in April 2020 are being postponed. New dates for Bowl for Kids’ Sake in Owatonna and Faribault will be announced soon! Our Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraising website remains active, and participants are encouraged to continue their fundraising efforts.
EVENING FOR KIDS' SAKE
Evening for Kids’ Sake shifted from an in-person gala to a virtual event on March 14, 2020. We would like to once again thank our supporters for staying engaged through last minute changes, giving big, and supporting the youth of our community.