Inspirational Stories from JBBBS Volunteers, Participants & Staff

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My increasing commitment to JBBBS over the years

May 5, 2022

Elisa and I have been matched for more than 5 years. My children had graduated from high school and were on their way. Volunteering a few hours each month was both attainable and a way of adding something special to my life. I was open to learning about different programs and settled into JBBBS’ Friend 2 Friend program

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“What’s in a Name”: How My Favorite Name Came Full Circle

April 28, 2022

What’s in a Name?” – it’s a famous line uttered by Juliet in Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ stating that a name is just a name and its meaning is utterly irrelevant when it comes to the person who holds it. But my experience has been different. There has always been something to the name “Zach” for me.

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All the Little things

April 13, 2022

Like many other JBBBS volunteers, I didn’t know if I would be a good Big Sister when I first applied. I worried that whoever I was matched with, we just wouldn’t connect. Putting yourself out there can be difficult regardless of age. All I knew is that I wanted to be there for a young adult in the same way that I could have benefited from a mentor when I was teen. I wanted to let someone else know that they were not alone.

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A JBBBS Friendship – Ice cream, injuries and everything in between

March 21, 2022

I was a ball of nerves walking up to Starbucks to meet my Friend 2 Friend match. I am usually pretty good at meeting new people and making new friends, but this was different. I joined JBBBS because I wanted to make a difference so I really wanted my match to like me. Little did I know, becoming friends with Emily would be so easy.

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The Dream Team

March 3, 2022

I cannot speak to the impact that I have had on my Little. But I can say confidently from my volunteer experience that you wouldn’t regret getting involved with this program. Being a part of this young man’s life, giving time to develop our youth and future, understanding that life is meant to be fun and uplifting, and elevating each other are all reasons Jahni will forever be a brother to me!

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JBBBS Camp Scholarships: Making magical summers for our kids

February 7, 2022

The lifelong benefits of summer camp are well-documented; ask any adult about their camp experiences, and a flood of memories usually follows. Associated with the freedom of summer and all that it brings, these camp memories occupy a special place, distinct from the remembrances of school, sports, and other extracurricular activities. JBBBS is very fortunate to have donors who understand how important it is for every child to have an opportunity to attend camp and who have supported our JBBBS Camp Scholarship Fund over the years.

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My Inspiring Friend 2 Friend Match

February 7, 2022

In February 2020, I was working full-time in a High-Tech company, with two young kids, a husband who works 24×7, and a home to manage. I thought it would be hard to find the time to volunteer. Then, I found that JBBBS offers a plethora of volunteering opportunities that are very flexible and manageable – yet meaningful – even for a busy working mom! F2F and my connection with Faith made me realize that people can still rise above great challenges and be there for someone else and brighten their lives, even if just a bit.

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JBBBS Blog – A Superpowered Connection

January 14, 2022

As a ‘Big’ at JBBBS, I’m proud to be that support system for my Little who, like I did, struggles with the feelings of inadequacy that can come with ADHD. I’ve learned as much about myself as I hope my Little has learned from me. I find myself telling him stories that I don’t always share with others – things only those of us with ADHD brains understand.

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Launching our Littles into Young Adulthood – JBBBS’ New College Mentoring Program

January 4, 2022

This new program will seek to improve the college experience and graduation outcomes of previously underserved populations through mentorship. By building on our foundation of creating meaningful, one-to-one relationships, JBBBS will provide qualifying students with the practical and social-emotional support of mentors who will act as guides and personal champions as they navigate the path to college.

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JBBBS Blog – The Dynamic Duo

December 16, 2021

After meeting Jordan, we immediately clicked. He has many friends, participates in many after school sports and has an active social life. After a few visits, I asked myself, why does this kid need a Big? A lesson that would become clear over time

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