Meet our Bigs
Try as we might to tell the stories of our matches the best we can hope for is to provide a small window into what their relationships mean to them. Who better to tell their stories then the matches themselves? Please enjoy the video below that we shot last summer with some of our amazing Bigs and Littles in our local program.
Meet Big Brother Don
Don was matched with his Little Brother in August 2016. Don reached out to us because as his kids grew up he wanted to continue to be involved in the life of a young person. They have spent a lot of time together, enjoying the outdoors fishing, hiking, and spending time with Don’s dog. Don has already begun passing his civic mindedness on to his little as they recently volunteered together at a breast cancer awareness benefit.
Thank you, Don, for the impact you are already making!
Meet Big Brother Warren
Warren has been Matched with Littles in our program since 1998. That’s dedication to children in our community for the better part of two decades! His most recent Little and him have been matched for six years. In addition to being a BIG Warren is our longest standing member of our Board. Warren is our 2016 Big Brother of the year.
Thank you, Warren, for being an example of what dedication looks like for the rest of us!
Meet Big Brother Rob
Rob became a BIG in the Spring of 2015 with his Little from Queensbury. They like to hit golf balls, play catch and go on runs. Their love of ice cream is a shared interest. Your likely to see Rob and his little at our events, as Rob has encouraged his little participate as a way of giving back. Fair warning best of luck saying no to his little. He is a natural advocate for what he believes in.
Thank you, Rob, for joining our agency.
MEET BIG BROTHER CHARLIE
Charlie was matched in the summer of 2019 with his little. Charlie is very dedicated to the Salem Community. He along with others in the Salem reached out to bring Big Brothers Big Sisters to the youth in their community. Charlie has included his little in his own family, they share family dinners and helps on the farm. Charlie and his little have become staples at our events from snow tubing to bowling and the majority of our match events. Charlie you have brought so much to not only your little but our agency as a whole.
Thank you for what you do!
Meet Big Sister Heidi
Heidi has been matched since June of 2018. Heidi is someone you look forward to seeing at events! She is funny, compassionate, and truly a joy to spend time with. This is surely rubbing off on her Little. Together, they’ve gone tubing, painting at The Creative Chameleon and visits to the Crandall Library. They also spend time at Heidi's home playing games and doing crafts. Heidi and her little were one of the winners of our 2019 Winter Selfie Challenge! Seeing this match grow has been a joy for our entire team.
Thank you, Heidi, for what you do and how you do it!
Meet Big Sister Monica
Monica has been matched with her little since June of 2016. Monica came to BBBS because she wanted to be able to give back to her community. Her and her little have signed up for pottery classes, gone skiing and they enjoy running together. They get together every other week and make it a staple in their schedule.
Thank you for your dedication and commitment to your Little!
Meet Big Brother Bert & Big Sister Terri
Bert, has been a big to two Littles. His second match began in 2013 as a couple’s match with his wife, Terri. Together, Bert and Terri have navigated a relationship with a little who was 10 when they first met to a now 14 year old young man. Bert and Terri got to watch their Little and his football team win the JV championship! They were matched with their Little for 8 years. Although, their match ended this past year they still continue to make plans with him and be an integral part of his life. Bert and Terri continue to be avid supporters of Bowl for Kids’ Sake. Bert, is an active board member, and Terri are ever present at agency events. together they model for their little what great can come from giving back.
Thank you both for the lessons you are teaching your little.
Meet Big Sister Kelsey
Kelsey, has been a Big since 2012. She joined our agency because she had volunteered in Michigan and wanted to give back in her home community. Kelsey and her little like to be outdoors riding bikes and going tubbing. They attend many events like West mountain fall festival, and our first annual summer hike. Kelsey you are tremendous role model for you little thank you for all that you do!
Meet Big Brother Paul
Paul, has been a Big Brother in our agency since 2009. Paul joined the agency after retirement. At that time, he was torn between working with seniors or youth. Ultimately he decided on youth and came to BBBS. Throughout this time, he and his current little have attended many sponsored events, gone to car shows, and sporting events. Paul has been present for many big moments in his littles life, including helping him get fitted for his first proper suit for his confirmation. Paul was named NY state Big Brother of the year in 2014. Paul, thank you for all that you have and continue to do!