Goodbye to our dear friend Kathleen Kauffman Big Brothers Big Sisters is all about friendship, and we recently lost Kathleen Kaufman who was a dear friend. Kathleen served on the BBBS Board of Directors and as a Big Sister volunteer. She is pictured here with her devoted husband, Clarence, at the Sports Ball, one of our past fundraisers. When one of our Little Brothers won an art college scholarship and was holding an art show to raise money, Kathleen came and purchased some of his artwork. She was responsible for raising thousands of dollars for Big Brothers Big Sisters so that we could recruit and match children with mentors.
Dr. Iwan Alexander President
Even after Kathleen was no longer officially involved in the agency, she continued to participate in our fundraisers and lend her support in many other ways. Kathleen was our friend, and we sincerely appreciate all she did to help the children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. We will miss you dear lady. Godspeed Kathleen.
Shane Spray Vice-President Bill Clements Secretary Michael Anderson Chip Bivins Robert Buchalter Keith Covington Jimmy Cromwell
“Kathleen was our friend and we sincerely appreciate all she did to help the children”
Jeff Davis Shirley Finley Tom Francis Chris Gargala Willie Henderson Kimberly Jackson
Carols story continued
...I decided to do some research. I went online and read about the program and immediately knew that it was a perfect fit.
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Board of Directors
I have enjoyed taking Takyia to various rehearsals for plays and dances that she has participated in for many years. We have enjoyed trips to the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola Museum, U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Zoos and Parks to name a few. I have been there for every birthday, Honors and Awards Day and 8th grade graduation. My Little Sister Takyia and her family all attended my wedding and I shared in the celebration at her mom’s wedding. I can truly say that one of the most important aspects of my relationship with Takyia is that we both are strong in our Faith and belief in God. We enjoy spending time together at church and both are very active in church ministries. There have been some challenging times with school work and we have always been able to pray together and the outcomes have been successful.
Debbie Long My Little Sister Takyia is now in high school and on the Honor Roll, working a job and has her driver’s permit.
I stepped out on faith and committed myself as a Big Sister and not only have I been blessed with a little sister, but I have been blessed with another family.
I know the future holds many blessings for Takyia and I am thankful every day that I was able to help make a difference.
Mary Lauren McBride Clayton McKinnon
Daniel Pittman Josh Randolph Bill Steed Vance Waldron
Our Mission Our Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-toone relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Carol proudly attended Takyia’s 8th grade graduation.
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