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BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF THE OIL REGION

In May 2015, Big Brothers Big Sisters announced the expansion of services to be offered in Eastern Crawford County. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Oil Region (BBBS) is excited to announce the opening of their new office located at 119 E. Mechanic Street, Suite A, Titusville, PA  16354. We are thrilled to be able to provide children in the Titusville area with a quality one-to-one mentoring relationship. BBBS continues to provide quality, meaningful, and monitored matches to the men, women, and youth in Venango, Forest, and Clarion Counties.

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Our Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Our Vision is that all children achieve success in life.

We partner with guardians, volunteers, and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoidance of risky behaviors, and educational success.

   
         
     
 
  Big Brothers Big Sisters has been making a positive difference in the lives of children and communities across the country for more than 100 years. We are motivated by our mission and bound by our values. we CARE highlights some of those values and underlines our dedication to the 200,000 children in our network today.
 
Commitment...helping children reach their full potential through one-to-one mentoring.
Accountability...promoting a culture of transparency and governance.
Responsibility...doing the right thing, always.
Excellence...holding ourselves to the highest standards and striving for continuous improvement.
 
   
 
       
 

Big Brothers Big Sisters operates under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers, “Bigs” and children, “Littles”.  We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters experience doesn’t begin when we introduce an adult and child and hope that they become friends.  We get to know each party, we learn about their likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, goals and aspirations, family, culture, and personality.

Before we make a match, we do our homework. Each potential Big goes through an extensive background check and careful interview process. We work behind the scene to ensure that we have done our best to make certain that the person we are bringing into this child’s life is safe, stable, committed, and willing to be a mentor. 

We match Bigs and Littles based on their housing locations, personalities and interests.  The Big Brothers Big Sisters experience doesn’t end there.  We pride ourselves in providing quality Match Support so that matches can grow into lasting, fruitful friendships.  We are in contact with each Big, Little, and their guardian at least once per month and are always available if anyone has questions, concerns, or problems.   Additionally, our Big Brothers Big Sisters program subscribes to a uniform set of standards and procedures. BBBS staff also receive ongoing training and consultation from the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

We plan monthly group activities and keep the Matches informed of free and low-cost community events happening in their communities.  We provide on-going support and  individual trainings on topics relevant to each Match, make referrals to outside agencies for other services, and ensure that each Little and their family has an appropriate support system to meet their needs.  We provide the same level of care and attentiveness to our Matches as we expect our Bigs to give to their Littles.

Studies have shown that these relationships result in an increase in self-esteem, higher grades, and lower chances of substance abuse. There are several avenues that can be explored with our program: become a Big Brother or Sister, participate in activities with children on our waiting list, or participate in a fundraising event.
   
 

What if every child was given an opportunity? 
What if every child’s potential was fulfilled?
What could you start?
You could be the start of something Big.

start something

 
Are you ready to make a BIG difference in the life of a local child?
 

Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do. Not to mention, one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering him or her to achieve. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun. You and your Little can share the kind of activities you already like to do.

Play sports together. Go on a hike. Visit a museum.  Eat a pizza with extra anchovies. Or just give some advice and inspiration. Whatever it is you enjoy, odds are you’ll enjoy it even more with your Little—and you’ll be making a life-changing difference for a local child.

Contact our office to learn more about our community based mentoring program.  Our friendly staff will answer your questions and explain the application process to you. If you think being a Big Brother or Big Sister is for you, then we will need to get to know you through subsequent interviews. This process helps us understand your interests, strengths, abilities, experiences with children, and comfort levels.  We use this information to determine which child you will have the greatest positive impact on.  It also gives you an opportunity to get to know us, our expectations, and an orientation to mentoring.

 
Do you know a child that would benefit from Big Brothers Big Sisters?
 

When it comes to the future of our children and the well-being of our communities, we’re all in this together. So it should come as no surprise that we need the parents and guardians of Littles to be involved every step of the way, starting with the application process.

Parent(s) or guardian(s) should contact our office to learn more about our community based mentoring program. A child can also be referred to us by school personnel or other social service agencies. Through interviews with the parent or guardian and the child, we will become acquainted with the child’s interests, strengths, to decide if they are appropriate for our services and if so, which of our volunteers will be most beneficial.  Children ages 6-15 years old living in Venango, Forest, or Clarion Counties are eligible to apply.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is an organization that cannot survive in a community that does not support and embrace it. The program truly relies on the kindness and generosity of the many volunteers, donors, and supporters.  There are lots of ways to get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Whichever way you choose, you’ll be helping us make a positive impact on kids in your community. 

   
Make a donation. It's an investment if a child's future.
 

When you donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters, you join our cause and directly support children in your community. No matter how "little" or "big" the amount, donating can start making a difference in the lives of young people around you.

Your funding helps us provide our programs and services throughout Venango, Forest, and Clarion counties - in your local community.  Your financial support can help us to recruit new Big Brothers and Big Sisters, provide training materials and support for staff and volunteers,  enable ongoing supervision and Match support for every Big, Little and Little’s family,  and provide cultural and social activities to children who would otherwise miss the opportunity to participate.

   
Join our Advisory Committee. Donate your time, talents, and ideas.
  We are looking for men and women to serve on our Advisory Committee.  Applicants must support our Mission, must have strong ties to the community and be willing and able to demonstrate philanthropy, integrity, and enthusiasm. 
   
Participate in a Fundraiser. Support a great cause and have a good time doing it.
  Annual Bowl For Kids' Sake is held each spring.
Lottery Calendar sales begin in the fall.
   
   
 
If you would like to learn more about any of these programs please contact BBBS at 814-676-9940 ext. 28.
   
 
Our work is as simple as putting a friend in a child's life,
and as essential as putting hope into a child's future.
   
   
   
OUR VALUES...
Integrity - We are committed to the highest standards of ethical, legal, and moral conduct. We believe integrity is the basis for community trust. Leadership - We recognize our responsibility to provide information, guidance, and direction. We will make informed decisions, creating an atmosphere that inspires effective communication, fosters partnerships, and models dynamic leadership.
 

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