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BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF THE CAPITAL REGION RECEIVES $1.1 MILLION DONATION FROM MACKENZIE SCOTT TO TRANSFORM MENTORSHIP IN SERVICE AREA

Harrisburg, PA (5/24/2022) — Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region announced today its aim to transform mentorship in local communities has been boosted by an unprecedented gift of $1.1 million. The gift, from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, supports the organization in furthering its mission to ensure young people have access to powerful mentoring experiences that empower them with a plan for their future and a mentor whose impact lasts a lifetime.

Today, nearly 11 million kids live in poverty and more than 13 million young people experience emotional, behavioral, or developmental conditions like depression. And during the height of the pandemic, 20 percent of youth served by Big Brothers Big Sisters nationally lost contact with an important adult in their lives. This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region has experienced a significant increase in child applications across their five-county service area: Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and Perry. The organization has more than 100 young people, known as “Littles,” waiting to be matched with mentors, known as “Bigs.”

This unprecedented investment is the largest donation from a single individual in the organization’s history and serves as a powerful message in recognizing the importance of investing in mentorship to build and strengthen communities and society as a whole.

Amy Rote, President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region says, “This generous gift will provide opportunities to collaborate and create partnerships so we can expand our services.  It’s more than an investment it is bringing innovation and transformation to mentorship for the youth and families in our region.  We can’t do this alone, we invite our community to join us and defend the potential of our young people today and for generations to come.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region believes no one person, organization or gift alone can drive the significant impact mentorship can have on a young person’s life. It takes a village of mentors, volunteers, and donors to positively impact young people’s lives. This investment in Big Brothers Bigs Sisters of the Capital Region and its community is an invitation for more people and partners to join in transforming mentorship for young people today and for generations to come.

To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region and get involved as a mentor, volunteer, donor, or community partner, visit CAPBIGS.ORG.

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About Big Brothers Big Sisters                                      

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region (BBBSCR) creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. For over 40 years, BBBSCR has kept its promise by expertly crafting and maintaining compatible mentoring matches between Littles (at-risk youth) and Bigs (mature volunteers) in the Capital Region. Our commitment includes using evidence-based best practices to achieve personalized outcomes and supporting matches throughout their life (one to ten years). Contributions in all forms are vital to fulfilling the agency’s mission. BBBSCR is a 501(c)(3) charity, registered with the PA Bureau of Charities, and an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. For more information, visit the BBBSCR website at www.capbigs.org.



JPL & d’Vinci Interns Support Underserved Communities through Big Brothers Big Sisters Video

JPL and d’Vinci Interactive summer interns partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region (BBBSCR) to create a pro-bono brand video to help the non-profit reach volunteers and supporters. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit organization dedicated to defending the potential and igniting the promise of youth through one-to-one mentorship programs and other community-based initiatives.

JPL intern Ghalia Ghuniem (Boston University), and d’Vinci interns Abby Fleishauer (Bloomsburg University), Alhaji Kabba (Hagerstown Community College), and Maggie Delano (Penn State University) produced a video using compelling stories from mentors and children to promote the various opportunities that BBBSCR provides.

“Through this experience, our kids and volunteers had the opportunity to share the difference their relationships have had on one another. Their stories and our programs were featured to show there are numerous ways to engage in our mission beyond mentoring, and to inspire the community to invest in our mission. The expertise of JPL and the commitment of the interns is a generous gift that will keep on giving for a long time to come,” said Amy Rote, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region President & CEO.

The video will be used by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region to articulate their story to prospective mentors, corporate partners, and sponsors.

JPL has been donating communications and marketing expertise to area non-profits through its intern program for more than 20 years. To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, visit their website or any of their social channels.

Watch the Video https://youtu.be/ObsUE1yZX4o


2021 News, Events & Features

Our COVID-19 Community Resource Center is Available

6/8/21: Golf fore kids sake, pair golf 126 holes to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters, abc27

5/26/21: BBBSCR Hires Braddy, Town Lively

3/1/21: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region Welcomes New Development Director, Harrisburg Regional Chamber

1/13/21: Rote to Lead BBBSCR, Town Lively


2020 News, Events & Features

9/26/20: Insight with Sylvia Maus, iHeart Radio. Even through a pandemic, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Capital Region continue to mentor and inspire our youth.

9/4/20: Spotlight: 100 holes “Fore” Kids’ Sake, Fox43

9/3/20: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region raises money with golfing event, CBS21

8/27/20: Driving Change: Joe Holston to golf 100 holes in a day to support Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Burg

2/26/20 – ABC27 “Heart of the Midstate” Facebook Live series. CLICK HERE to view the video.

1/22/20 – BBBSCR Named Finalist for CPBJ Award – “Finalists named in CPBJ’s Nonprofit Innovation Awards” CPBJ


2019 News, Events & Features

12/20 – Video of Little Brother learning about the weather. – “21 Days of Caring: Big Brothers Big Sisters” CBS21
10/18 – LIVE VIDEO of Chris Garrett going Over the Edge. – “Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region “Over the Edge” 2019” Fox43
10/18 – Video of rooftop view as Ali Lanyon goes Over the Edge. – “‘Over the Edge’ for Harrisburg’s Big Brothers Big Sisters” ABC27
10/18 – “Tom Russell goes ‘Over the Edge’ for Harrisburg’s Big Brothers Big Sisters” CBS21
10/16 – “Heart of the Midstate: Many will go ‘Over the Edge’ to help local children” ABC27
10/6 – Podcast: Mid Penn Bank joins BBBSCR to discuss Over the Edge. “Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Capital Region” Insight with Sylvia Maus on iheart
10/2 – Big Sister Erin and Little’s mother prepare to go Over the Edge. “Mommy Minute: Special pair set to go ‘Over the Edge’ for Big Brothers Big Sisters” ABC27
9/26 – Tom Russell shares rooftop view for Over the Edge fundraiser. – “Harrisburg’s Big Brothers Big Sisters to hold ‘Over the Edge’ event” CBS21
8/22 – Video about “Over the Edge” rooftop rappel fundraiser. – “Go ‘Over the Edge’ with Big Brothers Big Sisters” Good Day PA
8/14 – Article about Over the Edge adventure fundraiser. – “Ready to rappel? Big Brothers Big Sisters will strap you in for a good cause” The Burg
5/20 – “Field day builds bonds between police, kids.” ABC27
5/20 – Police officer mentors meet Littles for field day. “Making a Difference: Bigs in Blue Helping Young Mentees” CBS21
5/2 – “Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region Launches ‘Grow Big Grow Well Initiative” Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce
5/1 – Grow Big Grow Well program launch. – “Mommy Minute: Big Brothers Big Sisters initiative focuses on physical, mental wellness” ABC27
4/18 – Community service recognition awarded to Jonestown Bank & Trust, a BBBSCR program partner. – “JBT Earns PACB Hometown Champion Award” Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce
3/20 – BBBSCR board members discuss community impact. “Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser” Good Day PA
3/3 – Podcast: BBBSCR discusses programs and upcoming events. “Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region Pt. 2” Insight with Sylvia Maus on iheart
2/27 – BBBSCR receives grant for IT update. – “Dozens of projects funded as Dauphin County announces 2019 gaming grants.” The Burg
2/24 – BBBSCR participates in Match Maddness. “Partnership for Better Health to launch annual Match Maddness.” The Sentinel
2/23 – Podcast: BBBSCR announces new branding and talks about programs. “Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region Pt. 1” Insight with Sylvia Maus on iheart
2/18 – Article about positive impact of mentoring. – “What’s the Buzz?: Recognize your mentor this month” The Sentinel
2/12 – Article about Beyond School Walls program growth with Capital Blue Cross – “Big Brothers Big Sisters initiative highlights career exploration, soft skills for the workplace.” CPBJ
1/9 – National Mentoring Month Video featuring Derry Township PD Garth Warner. – “Become a Mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters” Good Day PA