Here are three ways you can support BBBSLV in the next month without becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister:
1. Sign up to run in the Corner Store Country Run - Lehigh Valley, PA at Stabler Arena Center in Bethlehem on Saturday, September 9. There are two different 5K races - a family fun run and a competitive (chipped) 5K.
2. Volunteer for help with the Corner Store Run on Friday 9/8 or Saturday 9/9.
3. Sign up as an individual golfer or with a team for the John Walson Jr. Golf for Kids' Sake Tournament at Woodstone Country Club and Lodge in Danielsvile on Monday, September 18.
Go here for details on both events. (Interested golfers should call us or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.)
Are you someone who wants to volunteer with BBBSLV without being a Big Brother or Big Sister?
If so, then your chance to volunteer is coming up in two weeks when we host the Corner Store Country Run - Lehigh Valley, PA at Stabler Arena Center in Bethlehem.
We still need a few dozen more volunteers on Friday 9/8 and the morning of the run on Saturday 9/9.
Can you help? Register to volunteer here:
Today we are launching a new video series "Meet the BBBSLV Staff" where we will introduce you to our team through some short, fun video interviews. First up is Janaeyah.
Interview with Scott Quilty of B. Braun (second from left in photo below)
1. When did B Braun first become involved with BBBSLV.
Nearly a decade ago.
2. Why did the company choose to support the organization?
As a privately held, family-owned global company we are dedicated to the mission of providing opportunities for children not only here in the Lehigh Valley but across the world. Big Brothers Big Sister’s mentorship of children and support of families, specifically in the Lehigh Valley, is a very important piece of who we are as a company.
3. In what ways does B. Braun and its staff support BBBSLV and its many programs?
Our employees have proven to be very enthusiastic towards the BBBS mission.Employees have played important roles every year in volunteering for Golf for Kid's Sake and this year's Corner Store Country Run. We have very ambitious participation each year for the Christmas Tree Holiday gift-giving event. We have current and past Bigs at B.Braun, and we are very supportive at a board level and with our financial giving.
4. What is the company’s philosophy on supporting the community, and what does the company receive from it?
B.Braun is heavily invested in the Lehigh Valley with its employees and infrastructure. It is a company of motivated people and many talents. Participation within our communities is an integral part of the B.Braun philosophy in an effort to offer our expertise in a manner that will benefit others. As a result of that interaction, we are in a better position to assist great organizations like BBBSLV.
5. What is the most important thing that B. Braun staff have learned from their support of BBBLSV?
We have witnessed a tremendous capacity for giving and generosity. t is simply amazing to see how quickly the children's wish tags disappear from the Christmas tree each year. It is a regular occurrence each year to make a call to BBBSLV to secure additional tags for the children's gift-giving event. Adding company-wide commitment to our employees’ generosity provides a strong foundation for the BBBSLV/B.Braun partnership.
Where do you attend college, what year are you in, and what are you studying?
I go to Shippensburg University. I'm just starting my junior year this fall, and I'm a communications and journalism major with an emphasis in public relations.
When did you start your summer internship and what have your responsibilities been?
I started on May 22. I helped promote the Corner Store Country Run that's happening in September by going to gyms and health centers around the Lehigh Valley and delivering flyers to promote the event. I also went to a bicycling event and handed out flyers and talked to people who might be interested in the 5k race. For the All Programs Picnic, I did event planning and secured donations by going to grocery stores in the area to request gift cards that our nonprofit organization could use to buy food and the other items we would need for the event. I also booked the ice cream truck that was there and did some grocery shopping.
What have you learned from your experiences as a BBBSLV intern?
I've learned a lot during my time with BBSLV. I got a ton of hands-on experience and learned all of the things that go into planning an event, which is lots of little details. I also learned to do some things out of my comfort zone, like ask people for money for donations, and it's given me some added confidence.
How will you use what you learned during your internship in your studies at college this year?
During my internship I got to talk with different people, and as a result I think my people skills have really improved. I will definitely be able to use this whether it's giving presentations for classes or just in making new friends.
How do you hope to be involved with BBBS in the future?
Working with BBBSLV opened my eyes to the organization and what it does. I actually want to become a Big once I go back to school in Shippensburg and get to experience what that is like firsthand.
Come 5K with us! Join the Corner Store Country Run on Saturday 9/9 at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem. We offer a family fun run 5K AND a chipped 5k for serious runners.
Plus there's a cool country western-themed party at the end with lots of swag, live music and activities. Fun for the whole family!
We love hearing from our volunteers about why they love BBBSLV. Recently one of them posted this on our FB wall:
“I love volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley. ❤ I highly encourage others to volunteer with their program. Been doing it for 2 years, I admire their staff's dedication and the children we work with.”
Our annual golf tournament - John Walson Jr. Golf for Kids' Sake - is one month from today! Support BBBSLV by assembling your golfing buddies into a team.
Then register to join us at Woodstone Country Club and Lodge in Danielsville for a day of golfing and fun! (4 Person Scramble; 8-inch Hole Tournament)
Corporate and individual sponsorships are still available.
Learn more here: http://donate.bbbslv.org/campaigns/4345-john-walson-jr-golf-for-kids-sake
Thanks to the generosity of Lehigh Valley IronPigs fans this past Sunday we were able to help 59 kids providing them with donated back-to-school supplies tonight.
The shirt will have a purple Big Brothers Big Sisters logo on a grey 50/50 blend t-shirt. Cost per shirt is $12, OR buy a shirt for you AND your Little and pay just $18 for both!
Proceeds from t-shirt sales will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley’s Site Based Programs. Download the attached order form. Order deadline is this Friday 8/18.