Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona

Thunderbirds Charities Gives $25,000 for Bigs and Littles to Stay Connected in 2021

With a generous gift of $25,000 from Thunderbirds Charities, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ) will be able to continue funding its mentoring programs and the virtual initiatives the organization has added during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will ensure that the Littles [youth mentees], in a time of continued uncertainty, will maintain their strong connections with their Bigs [adult volunteer mentors] and have the necessary support aiding their development.

“COVID-19 has made it difficult for our mentors to see their Littles in person, but the virtual aspects of our mentorship programs are helping tremendously to continue connecting them to one another,” said Laura Capello, President and CEO of BBBSAZ. “Thanks to the support from Thunderbirds Charities, we will be able to further fund and develop our mentorship work to help empower our Littles.”

Virtual learning has taken over schools across the nation throughout the past year, and like many, BBBSAZ has needed to accommodate for this new normal. The organization has moved their mentoring to a virtual space, where Littles are able to continue keeping in touch with their Bigs during a time when physical visits have become difficult.

“We are proud to continue supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona and the youth enrolled in its programs,” said Tim Woods, President of Thunderbirds Charities. “The organization provides the guidance and structure kids need in their day to day, especially during a global pandemic. We are thrilled to be able to help the organization continue fostering connections even through a virtual environment.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona

This grant is part of the Fall 2020 cycle. View a list of all Recent Grantees.