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Big Brothers Big Sisters looking to serve more children in the community & welcomes new staff members

By | August 23rd, 2017|Categories: News|

In the last several years, Big Brothers Big Sisters’ impact in Palm Beach and Martin Counties has extended to over 550 children annually. In an effort to continue serving families and children in our communities, they have implemented new programs and received new grants, which allow them to increase staff. In Martin County, they seek to expand their reach and provide mentoring services to young boys and girls throughout the county. They have added two new team members to aid in those efforts. They recently welcomed Courtney Buckel, as well as Tiffany Cristoforo who both come with experience in youth services and a passion to better the life of children. Courtney will be supporting the Community-Based program while Tiffany facilitates the School-Based program. Parents are encouraged to enroll their children, as child enrollment is currently underway.

The Palm Beach County team also welcomed Kyle Gomez, former Case Manager Intern at Big Brothers Big Sisters, who will be joining the Community-Based team. He joins having demonstrated a passion to help families in the program, as well as the discipline and work ethics to successfully assist volunteers and families.  The agency hopes more men will step up to be mentor as the waitlist for boys in the community program reaches well over 50 boys. The inverse is seen for Big Sister/Little Sister relationships as they place girls with female volunteers waiting to volunteer.

BBBS provides children facing adversity ages 6-17 with volunteer mentors who serve as positive role models. The organization is celebrating its 31st year providing mentors to children in Martin County since 1986 and in Palm Beach County since July of 2010. In 2015, the Sun Sentinel awarded our agency with the Doyle Award for Nonprofit Excellence. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) recognized the Martin County organization in 2007 as one of the 35 best performing agencies nationwide. South Florida Business Leader Magazine ranked BBBS in 2009, 2010, and again in 2011 as one of the top 100 South Florida small businesses. To find out how you can get involved, visit www.mentorbig.org.

Hands on Learning, Hands on Earning, Youth Work Experience and Training

By | June 20th, 2017|Categories: News|

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties has successfully launched an innovative School to Work mentoring program. Palm Beach County at-risk youth will gain critical skills needed to achieve their full career potential through a mentoring relationship with a caring adult role model. By partnering with us, companies are making an investment in the development of the next generation of leaders.

Youth are matched in one to one mentoring relationships with company employees who, through structured program activities, help map out the children’s futures. Each program day is designed and facilitated by a BBBS School to Work Coordinator. Our goal is to make the program as easy as possible for our business partners. Our School to Work Coordinator takes care of all the details in planning and coordinating program logistics. We work with our partners to tailor programming to best meet the needs of the company and the youth we serve. Corporate partners benefit from a turnkey approach to meet philanthropic goals while supporting employee development and morale. Outside their workplace mentorships, youth will also attend team-building exercises and learn about college opportunities by touring Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus.

So far, students have learned about critical thinking, financial planning, budgeting, leadership skills, ethics, and soft skills. Upcoming lessons include, introduction to college, financial aid, resume building, interviewing, conflict management, and teamwork.

Thank you to our current partners including Palm Beach County Youth Services, Lost Tree Village Charitable Foundation, William and Helen Thomas Charitable Trust, NetOne Technologies, Ranger Construction, Chen Moore and Associates, Village Of Wellington, West Palm Beach Police Department, Salvation Army, and Green Home Improvement. Our guest speakers include Business Etiquette Trainer, Barbara Wymer, HNTB Engineer, Kyle Cheerangie, Travelpro HR Coordinator, Alicia Abrahams, Kim Gibbons from Village of Wellington, JP Morgan Wealth Planner and Board Member, Portia Culley, and Palm Beach State College Workforce Program Specialist, Alexandria Cunningham.

BBBS is now seeking other Palm Beach corporations to establish additional School to Work mentoring sites. If you think your company would be interested in exploring a School to Work partnership, please contact us at LCherilus@mentorbig.org.

BBBS Recognizes Volunteers & Board Members at Bonefish Grill Luncheon

By | June 13th, 2017|Categories: News|

June 13, 2017 (Stuart, FL) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties (BBBS) honored dedicated mentors, children, and board members with a wonderful volunteer appreciation luncheon on Thursday, June 8, 2017. The luncheon would not have been possible without former Board Member and Bonefish Grill Managing Partner Allen Armstrong, who generously underwrote delicious meals. The talented Bonefish Grill Stuart staff worked before business hours and generously served their signature Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer, side salad, and a delicious entrée’ of Grouper, mashed potatoes, and, green beans. Children who attended with their “Big Brother” or “Big Sister” mentors shared the transformative impact the program has had on their life, as well as the lives of their families.

In addition to recognizing volunteer contributions, BBBS of Palm Beach and Martin Counties honored CEO, Bill Bee, as he prepares for retirement. The staff of BBBS presented Mr. Bee with a small token of their appreciation and well wishes from all in attendance.  Mr. Bee has served as CEO to the agency over the last 13 years and has been a mentor to his Little Brother Patrick for 12 years. Although Patrick is now 18 years old, his relationship with Mr. Bee remains strong. Patrick was pleased to speak about his admiration for their relationship through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Patrick stated, “He kept me out of trouble and he saved me.”

BBBS is always looking for volunteers to support mentoring programs in both Palm Beach and Martin Counties.  If interested in learning more about Big Brothers Big Sisters, please contact us by phone at 772.283.8112, via email at info@mentorbig.org, or at our website www.mentorbig.org. Start Something Big!

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties

BBBS provides children facing adversity aged 6-17 with volunteer mentors who serve as positive role models.  Since 1986 the organization has provided mentors to children in Martin County and since July 2010 in Palm Beach County.  Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBSA) recognized the Martin County Organization in 2007 as one of the 35 best performing agencies.  Business leader ranked BBBS in 2009, 2010, and 2011 as one of the top 100 South Florida small businesses.  Visit www.mentorbig.org to learn more.

Pictured from left to right: Richard Levine, BBBS Board Treasurer Patrick Coolidge, Former Little Brother to Bill Bee, CEO of BBBS
Pictured from left to right: Richard Levine, BBBS Board Treasurer Patrick Coolidge, Former Little Brother to Bill Bee, CEO of BBBS

BBBSPBMC’s Tournament “Driving for a Future” was a BIG Success

By | May 30th, 2017|Categories: News|

Stuart-April 4th, 2017– The weather was perfect and the generosity was flowing. Treasure Coast Estate buyers, Andrew Hunt, and the Yacht & Country club partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties (BBBSPBMC) for our 21st annual Big Golf Tournament. The Big tournament typically held in conjunction with the Taste of Martin County was a standalone event this year due to the Taste being changed to October 10, 2017 in its new location, the Stuart Jet Center.

The festivities were located at the scenic private Yacht & Country Club in Stuart. Golfers enjoyed a brunch, barbeque dinner, along with refreshments on the course, and goody bags filled with gift certificates to Gaffords, golf balls, Hi-Tide sunglasses, and much more. Mr. Laird Smith was the proud winner of our live auction a Foursome to the Medalist Golf Club. Thanks to the generosity from local businesses and the golfers who participated in this year’s event BBBSPBMC was able to raise funds to support mentoring programs that help change children’s lives for the better, forever.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity aged 6-18 with volunteer mentors who serve as positive role models. Since 1986 the organization has provided mentors to children in Martin County and since July 2010 in Palm Beach County. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) recognized the Martin County organization in 2007 as one of the 35 best performing agencies nationwide.  South Florida Business Leader Magazine ranked BBBS in 2009 and again in 2010 as one of the top 100 South Florida small businesses. In 2015, the agency was awarded the Doyle Award for Nonprofit Excellence by the Sun Sentinel. Visit www.mentorbig.org to learn more.

Big Brothers Big Sister Specialty license plates

By | April 22nd, 2017|Categories: News, Uncategorized|

Florida drivers can now show their support for Big Brothers Big Sisters and give to the mission in the process by purchasing our specialty license plate!

Announcement from FL Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles DMV Site

To find the Tax Collector’s Office near you:

Martin County Locations

Call Center
Phone 772-288-5600
Fax 772-221-1461
Office Hours
8:00AM – 4:15PM Mon-Fri

Stuart office (main office) (map)
3485 SE Willoughby Blvd
Stuart, FL 34994

Hobe Sound Office (map)
11734 SE Federal Hwy
Hobe Sound, FL 33455

Indiantown Office (map)
16550 SW Warfield Blvd
Indiantown, FL 34956

Indiantown Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1109
Indiantown, FL 34956

Palm City Office (map)
3001 SW Martin Downs Blvd
Palm City, FL 34990

Palm Beach Locations

Belle Glade Service Center
PBC Glades Office Building
2976 State Road 15
Belle Glade, FL 33430
SW corner of FL 80 and US 441
Mon. – Fri.
8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 
 
 Delray Beach / South County Service Center
501 South Congress Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33445
East side of Congress, south of W. Atlantic, in governmental plaza
Mon. – Fri.
8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 
 
Central Palm Beach Service Center
4215 South Military Trail
Lake Worth, FL 33463
West side of Military Trail just pass Lake Worth Rd., in the free standing building
Mon. – Fri.
8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 
 
Palm Beach Gardens / NE County Courthouse Service Center
3188 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
South side of PGA Blvd., across from the Gardens Mall
Mon. – Fri.
8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 
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