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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota

The Mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better,


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota’s Bigs & Littles of the Year • • • • • • • •

Big Brother of the Year: Kelly Simondet* Big Sister of the Year: Shawnté Kehn* Big Couple of the Year: Eric & Lee Hurd High School Big Brother of the Year: Preston Kopel High School Big Sister of the Year: Karen Radi Little Brother of the Year: Mathias Little Sister of the Year: Dakota BriAnna Kruzel Growing Up Big Award Recipient: Karl Johnson

*Also selected as Statewide Award Winner


BIG IMPACT Dear Friends, We are so excited to be able to share with you in this annual report our program’s growth and the stories of the lives we have touched. Our amazingly generous community of supporters, friends, corporate partners, and foundations make this possible by giving Big Brothers Big Sisters so many things: their time, their treasure, their talent, their ideas, their networks, and much more! This past year has been a year of outreach and engagement. One that has allowed us to meet new people, make new matches, and provide the kids in our program with so many new opportunities and experiences. We are happy to report that we have 790 youth involved in our program. We made 160 new mentoring matches this past year. We have also given $16,400 in scholarship award money to 8 Littles and High School Bigs. Through our College and Career Readiness initiative we’ve engaged 380 youth over the age of 12. Not only have we been able to help support our youths’ dreams through scholarships, we have also been given the opportunity to provide over 420 tickets for our matches to attend various theater and sporting events through donations from our supporters. We launched Dr. Potter Bigs on Campus Mentoring Initiative in the fall of 2016. This program buses youth from South Jr. High to the St. Cloud State University campus twice each month to meet with a mentor, explore campus, and participate in campus activities. We received two awards for this innovative program: a Partners in Education Award from the St. Cloud Area School District and an Outstanding Community Partner Award from St. Cloud State University. Our Program Director, Ann Matvick, celebrated her 20th year with Big Brothers Big Sisters. We’re so grateful for her dedication and are proud of her many achievements that help us better serve the kids in our communities. In the year to come, we will share with you even more about our program’s growth, the growth of the kids we serve, and the deepening of our relationships with you, our community of givers. We hope you are as excited about the future of Big Brothers Big Sisters as we are. Thank you for supporting the children of Central Minnesota. Expect BIG things from us in the very near future.

Jackie Johnson Executive Director

Marie Schmitz Board President

Nick & Kelly

“Kelly is kind to me and he is there for me when I need him. He has taught me to be respectful and always makes me work harder.” – Nick, Little Brother


IMPACT AREAS We know at Big Brothers Big Sisters that we have IMPACT on three core DUHDVLQDFKLOG¡VOLIH,QFUHDVHG&RQÀGHQFH(GXFDWLRQDO6XFFHVVDQG Avoiding Risky Behaviors. Research proves that children enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs are more likely to form stronger relationships with family and friends, perform better in school, and are less likely to skip school or use illegal drugs or alcohol.




Strong positive relationships IRVWHUFRQĂ€GHQFHDQG improve decision making. Only 57% of Central Minnesota children report having at least one supportive adult in their life.

A child’s academic success UHIHUVWRWKHLUSURÀFLHQF\ in math and reading. 64% of Stearns County students do not meet academic standards in math, reading, and science.

Truancy, violent/non-violent offenses, teenage pregnancy & underage drinking are all risky behaviors. 33% of adolescents in Stearns County report using alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.




of our Littles have improved WKHLUVHOIFRQĂ€GHQFHEHFDXVH of their Big Brother or Sister.

of our Littles have shown improvement in their academic performance.

of Littles have improved their attitudes toward risky behaviors.

*Data taken from the Minnesota Student Survey: a triennial survey of young people regarding a variety of risk and protective factors, and the Minnesota Report Card: a tool designed to provide access to district and school information, test results, and other critical data.



Eric, Caleb & Lee

“I like having another person around to help out when I’m not doing well. Somebody I can count on.� – Caleb, Little Brother

Eric and Lee have been matched with their Little Brother Caleb since he was 10 years old. Caleb had originally wanted a Big Brother, but was pleasantly surprised when he was matched with a Big Couple. He considers his Big Sister Lee to be a bonus!

Caleb has shown an LQFUHDVHLQFRQĂ€GHQFH maturity, respectfulness, and politeness as a result of his time spent with Eric and Lee.

Eric and Lee have validated their strong commitment as mentors many times over. They have been consistent, positive, and fun role models! Eric even attended an overnight Boy Scouts getaway with Caleb, which meant a lot to him as most young boys attend with their fathers. Eric and Lee have always encouraged Caleb to think about his future and what that could look like for him. They have taken Caleb to the University of Minnesota several times when visiting their two children who attended the university.



Dezirae & Shawnté

“This relationship is one of the most amazing I’ve had. Our bond is strong and I’m proud to call her my sister.” – Dezirae, Little Sister”

Shawnté assisted 'H]LUDHLQÀOOLQJ out her college DQGÀQDQFLDODLG applications to help ensure that she stays on a path towards a brighter future.

Dezirae was matched with her Big Sister Shawnté in 2008. They began their journey in the school-based program when Dezirae was 9 years old and Shawnté was a college student. As their friendship formed and their bond grew closer, they transitioned their match into our communitybased program where their opportunities for new match activities broadened immensely. Dezirae and Shawnté enjoy going shopping together, playing board games, making pottery, and baking. Dezirae and Shawnté’s relationship has grown closer and stronger with each passing year. They consider one another family. Dezirae and her mother have even spent major holidays with Shawnté’s family for many years.



Tony & Mathias

“Before being matched, I was pretty much alone, and I didn’t have anyone to have fun with.� – Mathias, Little Brother

Big Brother Tony Lotzer and Little Brother Mathias have been together for over 8 years. Their match began when Mathias was a 1st grader and Tony was a young college student. Over the years, they have enjoyed going to movies, attending sporting events, and spending time outdoors. They even took a trip to Valleyfair together.

“Without question, I see my relationship with Mathias as one of my most cherished gifts in life.� – Tony, Big Brother

Since being matched with Tony, Mathias’ FRQÀGHQFHKDVLQFUHDVHGKLVVRFLDOVNLOOV have improved, and he began to excel in school. This past spring, Mathias was selected as Snowdaze Royalty for his high school class. Tony and Mathias are an incredible match with an unbreakable bond!



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VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT Partnerships, Advertising, Events/Fairs



Inquiry, Interview, Training, Background Checks, Review & Approval


Sharing Information, Facilitating 1st Meeting



Match Support Coordinators Provide Support, Guidance, and Consistent Communication






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Financials Total Income

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Events Federated Challenge

• There is no charge for families, youth, or mentors to participate in our program. • We encourage mentoring matches to focus on their relationship. • We do not ask our matches to fund-raise.


A monthly donation of $10-$25 can make a BIG impact on a local child.

Our Donors Up To $999 College of Saint Benedict/SJU Aaron Hammer Aaron Mesna Aaron Moore ABATE of MN AJ Puffpaff Al & Linda Vossen Alan & Sandra Herbst Albert & Janice Hammond Alicia Copa Amanda Sylla & Kaylee Broussard Amber & Pete Gieseke American Legion Post 328 Ameriprise Financial Amy Hiltner Amy Olson Andrew Karasch Andrew Lehmkuhl Andy & Libby Auger Andy & Teresa Knoblauch Andy Fritz Andy Gray Angela Richards Angie & Nate Nordlund Ann & Eric Matvick Ann Cofell Ann Muff Anya & Brock Iverson April Wolbeck Arctic Cold Storage, Inc. Arnie & Renee Dingmann Ashley & Christopher Nieland Ashley DuBose Ashley Konz Ashley Nations Audra Koel Audrey Carlson BankVista Barry & Jackie Opatz Barton & Helen Cox Bernick Companies Bessers Bike Barn Inc. Beth Marquette Bill & Deb Lanners Bob & Deb Mahowald Bob & Helen Trisko Bob & JoAnn Thueringer Bob & Mary Kovell Bob Fors Brad & Emi Scherer Brad & Peggy Goskowicz Brian & Debbie Schoenborn

Brian Fierst Brianna Lange Brock Tatge Brown County United Way Bruce & Joey Miller Bruce & Pat Bechtold Bryan & Liz Bauck Bursch Travel Agency, Inc. Callan’s Furniture Carol Nohner Carrie Tripp Catholic Community Foundation Cenex CentraCare Health System Central McGowan Inc. Char Duchsherer Charlene & Erling Jerpseth Chelsea Hibbard Cheryl & Tim Hochhalter Chris & April Jacques Chris & Leslie Yasgar Chris Sorenson Christine Potter Chuck & Sharon Kalkman Chuck Clausen Colleen & Kerry Harter Craig & Cindy Turlington Craig & Karen Broman Crescent Hoffman Curt & Sara Gainsforth Dale & Cyndi Simson Dale & Karen Kleinschmidt Dale & Patty Scholl Dan McCarty Daniel Mueller Danielle Boutain Danielle Piehl Danielle Popa Darin & Carrie Vossen Darin Tallent Darren Brix David & Martha LaVoi David Cox Dean & DeDe Budde Dean Helgeson Deb & Mark Schulzetenberge Dee Rengel Dennis & Barbara Gregory Dennis & Kathy Ludwig Dennis & Linda Kelly Deutz Properties LLC Don & Kimberly Larsen Don & Marcie Popowski

Donna Roerick Doreen & Tom Meier Doug & Barbara Larson Doug & Lisa Dingmann Edward Gutsch Emily Gruenke Eric & Mellissa Stalboerger Eric & Trina Dietz Eric Schlangen Erick Mumm Eye Kraft Optical, Inc. Faye Mrozek Frank Ernst Gary & Barb Strandemo George & Susan Walters GLT Archetects *UDQLWH&LW\5RRÀQJ,QF Granite Electronics, Inc. Great River Federal Credit Union Greg & Julie Nelson Hall Law PA Halli Rodriguez Heidi & Eric Voight Hendricks Marketing LLC Holly & Justin Lee Holly & Tom Swenson Hope & Jeff Hippler Ian Mattson Jackie & Kevin Johnson Jacob Bowland Jacqueline & John Lutz Jake & Stacy Miller Jake Hallerman James & Kimberley Holweger James & Tracy Mortenson Jana & Brandon Kuschel Jane & Daniel Murphy Janelle Vogel Janet & Tim Wensman Jason & Tracy Jones Jason Bernick Jason Gratke Jason Primus Jay Bryon Jay Mumm Jean Leighton Jeanne Soleim & Tim Chirhart Jeff & Molly Thompson Jeff Eikmeier Jeff Gannon Jeff Gau Jeff Noack

Jerry & Elaine Bauerly Jerry & Maureen McCarter Jesse & Tash Laudenbach Jim & Ginny Bisek Jim Gratke Joan & Steve Vincent Joanne & Christopher Kudrna Jodi & April Lund Joe & Barb Buesing Joel C. Shobe John & Jan Schnettler John & Kristin Matchinsky John & Marcia Bryant John Hoffman Johnathon Rangel & Crystal Kroska Jolene Kadlec Jordan Preston Jordy & Jessica Christian Joseph & Tracy Scharfbillig Joseph Gruenes Josh M. Muonio Julie & Eric Rethemeier Julie & Kevin Johnson Julie Schmidt & Brian Beck Julie Zniewski Karen & Bob Bellmont Karen & Marty Reker Karen & Todd Athmann Kathleen Hobday Kathleen O’Neil Kathryn & Clinton Pettus Kathryn Skolte Kathy & Ron Saar Katie & Nick Hennen Katie Scholl Kayla & Thomas Janssen Kayla Backes Kelly & David Dolan Kelly & Jennifer Simondet Ken Jorgensen Kent & Judith Macalpine Kevin & Maggie Gray Kevin & Mandy Fitzpatrick Kevin Lynch Kevin Thompson Khamara Pettus Kim Meyer Kim Schuneman-Werner Kimmer & Dave Robertson Kitti Solinger Kristen & Ben Politte Kristin & Bill Schmidt Kristin Tracy

Our Donors Up To $999, cont. Krystal Kenney Kyle Emmerich Kyle Sweeney Larry & Bonnie Skoaquist Larry Ruden Laura Hansen Leah Otto Leann & Major John Donovan Lee & Eric Hurd Lee & Vicki Morgan Leighton Broadcasting Leslie & Mark Dingmann Lestie Rueter Levi Radika Liberty Paper, Inc. Linda & Tim Koltes Linda Feddema Lisa & Matt Dawson Lisa & Ted Scharf Liza & Nate Fetterley Lori & Craig Bardson Lori & Daniel Rebischke Lori Determan Lorraine Wagner Luke & Pamela Cesnik Margaret Kanuit Marie Schmitz Marilyn & Bob Obermiller Mark & JoAnn Henry Mark Altringer Mary & Otto Schmid Mary Evans Mary Jo & Kelly Schneider Mary K. Eberley Mary McKie Matt & Susan Boenish Matt Brambrink Melanie Rutten Melissa & Nick Granowski Merradith & Michael Van Vooren MFP, Inc. Michael Schneider Michelle & Jeff Schmitz Michelle & Mark Backlund Michelle & Scott Scepaniak Michelle Nisbet Mike & Andi Bobick Mike & Judi Ziemann Mike & Judy Noonan Mike & Kathy Markman Mike & Sue Phillips

Mike Haider Mike Illies Mike Jencks Mike Johnson Mikkojuani Muonio Miller Plante & Wagener, LTD. Monica Voth Myles Bous Nancy & Dave Dibb Nancy Lingl Nathan Hoffman Nathan Olmscheid Netgain Technology Nicole & Andy Welle Nicole & Jerry Snider Nicole Prom Paige Weisbrich Pat & Glen Stalboerger Patricia & Thomas Braun Patricia Kapsch Patrick Gannon Patty & Vic Funk Paul Brix Paul Halverson Pedar Bertilson Peggy Brown & Glenn Fuller Peter & Kristi Spaniol Phil & Nikki McBrienin Rachel & Josh Johnson Randy & Cheryl Bell Randy Negaard RBC Dain Rauscher, Inc. Rebecca Haalen & Dave Clifton Red Grewing Renee & Tim Regel RHI Supply Richard & Perian Stavrum Richard Fox Richard Vanderhaar Rick & Diane Heuring Rick & Helga Bauerly Rick & Mary Haakonson Rick & Mary Kay Dukowitz Rinke-Noonan Robert & Linda Carlson Robert Saiko Robin & Greg Hadley Robin & Ronald Denny Roger Schleper & Sue Wendt Ron & Sandy Hurd Rosemary Kalkman

Ryan & Carissa Keating Ryan & Megan Welty Ryan Dresow Ryan Gau Ryan Steil Sandy Crowley Sarah Schaan Sartell Education Association Schneider Orthodontics Scott Traut Shane Corrigan Shantel & Jon Nelson Shantel Walz Sharon & Bill Harren Sherman & Victoria Roser Sonya Dingmann St. Cloud Area Sertoma Club St. Cloud Country Club St. Cloud Lions Club St. Cloud Optimist Club Stephanie Kunkel Steven Nohner Stinson Leonard Street LLP Sue Ann & Brad Heck Sue Carlen Sue Parker Tama & Greg Theis Tami & Luke Vossen Taylor Skelton Ted & Donna Cheney Ted & Kathy Roehl Terry & Brian Hurd Terry & Patti Bottema Terry Taylor Theresa & Dane Hatanpa Thes P. Dolphin Thomas & Elaine Newton Tim & April Loso Tom & Mary Mathews Toni Harms Toy Ward Tracy & Allan Jacobs Trina Peeters Trista Knutson Troy Monson Truist Wayne & Ann Britz Wendy L. Haust Will Heidgerken Xcel Energy Zach Aydt Zonta Club of St Cloud

$1,000+ Barb Anderson & Dave Chandler Beaver Island Brewing Company Big Lake Spud Fest Bob & Sandy Sexton Capital One Central MN Community Foundation Coborn's, Inc. Color Vibe Cory Scholl Foley High School John & Cindy Clemens John & Maryanne Mahowald John & DeeDee Blattner Matt & Bobbi Murphy Michael Moores Pat & Anita Cooper Rick & Aleen Roehl Salem Foundation Scheels Sports Shop Scott Kopel & Shelly Bauerly Kopel Third Street Brewhouse United Way of Central MN Vicky & Pat Welty Vince & Lori Mohs $5,000+ Cargill Animal Nutrition Innovation Center CentraCare Health Foundation Central MN Noon Optimist Club Crafts Direct Federated Mutual Insurance Jeff & Marty Fetters Mr. Mark Coborn The US Charitable Gift Trust The BBBS Legacy Circle Eric & Lee Hurd Kevin & Jackie Johnson Gary & Jane Marsden Vince & Lori Mohs Steve & Joan Vincent Thank you to our donors for giving us the the ability to help the children in our community.

Our Honorees MEMORIALS Agnes Thomas

April Crowe Barb & Don Bendure Country Villa Friends Diane Buschena-Brenna & Rick Brenna Don & Colleen Wegner Edith Vrooman Facility Patient Services Gerry & Lisa Bragelmann Joyce Hansen K.Parson colleagues Katie Gonzalez Kay Greenlee Kris Peterson & Sue Haller Loren & Linda Hinnenkamp Ray & Martha Roth Scott & Sheryl Grayand Family Tami & Jason Koosmann Terri Person William Parsons

Alden Halloran

Bob & Sandy Sexton Kent & Judith Macalpine Otto & Peggy Schmid

Mike Moores

Christine J. Peterson Alan & Linda Staples Audrey Carlson Barton & Helen Cox Brad & Lori Determan Brent Staples Brian Schoenborn Craig & Michelle Fruth Dennis & Linda Kelly Elna Bateman Gail Anne Foster Glen & Sandra Nelson Holly Werner

James & Sandra Foster James Moores Kari Bedford Kim Werner Larry & Bonnie Skogquist Linda M. Kirk Margaret Kanuit Michael Deutz Mike Bastien Paul & Juli Halverson Paul Halverson Paulette & Steven Schwegman Pugs Holding, LLC Sarah Schaan Steven & Margaret Tanzer Thomas Olson Thomas P. Dolphin Trisha & Tom Hendrickson Troy & Kimberly Molitor

Steven Kalkman

Alan & Sandra Herbst Ann Muff Bette & Franklin Lee Dean Helgeson Don & Kimberly Larsen Don & Marcie Popowski Dwayne Dockendorf Jacqueline & John Lutz Jane & Daniel Murphy Jason Bernick Karen Reker Leroy & Rosemary Menke Mark & Kathleen Bernick Mrs. Armilla L. Rice Patricia Kapsch Renee Torbenson & Pat Waddick Richard Fox Robert & Linda Carlson Rosemary Kalkman Ted & Donna Cheney Wendy Hendricks

Our Bigs Shaunta Adams Belle Albers Dean Amundson Maria Anderson Morgan Anderson Ashley Andresen Laura Anthony Chad Arthur Barbara Baker Thomas Balicky Nicole Bastian Amy & Ryan Bauling Cassidy Bay Gregory Bearson Bruce Bechtold Bradley Berens Chris Bernard Daine Billmark John Bistodeau Melissa Bistodeau Erin Bitzan & Eamon Walsh Emily Blank Jacquelin Blomker Kayla Boehmke Brandi Bollig Brittany Boltjes Brad Boltjes Sierra Bonham Samantha Bosacki Victoria Botten Weston Bouchard Danielle Boutain Jacob Bowland Chasee Boyd Kyle Breitkreutz Emma Brenny Paul Brix Alyssa Brown Lauren Buchholz Abigail Bushey Amanda Byers Tia Cady Jennifer & Jason Carlson Emily Cash Gabriella Chapman Victoria Chmielewski Austin Ciccati Cora Cielinski Hailey Claseman Debbie Clausen Kasondra Collins Hannah Congdon Stephen Connelly Thomas Connolly Linda Cooper Kate Corrigan Cassandra Cotten Travis Curtis Allison Cwikla Caleb Dahlstrom Madeline Davis Amber Dechaine Timothy Diederichs Lindsay Dierkes Adam Diskerud Darin Ditterich Joseph Dockendorf Cami Doman Courtney Doucette Bailey Dumonceaux Zoey Eastman

Jessica Eddy Elliot Edeburn Margaret Edelbrock Greta Eherenman Morgan Eisenschenk Katelynn Ekeren Jasmine Elliott Chelsea Engebretson Riley Erlandson Zach Faith Emily Falk Roxanne Farber Bria Ferns Madilyn Fesenmaier Alisa Fettig Brian Fierst Abagaile Filsmyer Steven & Margo Flynn Sadie Folsom Niesha Ford Alex Foss Diane Fournier Abby Fragodt Kenneth Francis Darcy Frank-Henrichs Alana Friehl Emily Frisbie David Fritz Victor Funk Hannah Fussy Bailey Gapinski Steven Garden Christina Gau Ben Gault Kaitlin Geisenhof Jack Genereau Kathryn Gent Tyler Gerads Greta Gerdes Caedyn Gertken Sayil Gomez Katelyn Goodwin Madison Gorecki Paige Grabow Taylor Graham Ben Grant Morgan Grasswick Kevin Gray Sydney Gray Daniel Gregory Haley Greving &DUOD*ULIĂ€Q 0RQLND*ULIĂ€WWV Heather Grinsteiner Marissa Grow Meleah Gunderson Maria Guzman Rick Haakonson Jacob Hageman Jennifer Hallerman Cecilia Hammond McKenzie Hanenburg Jessica Hanley Kelsey Hansen Riley Hartwig Fadumo Hassan Isaiah Haupt Ashley Haus Angela Heck Daniel Heim Jaymie & Aaron Helle

Amaya Helmin Kenny Hendrickson Jack Hennemann Gabriela Hennes Camilo Hernandez Chloe Hess Breanna Hess Melissa Hettmann Heather Heyerman Abby Hieserich Chasity Higgins Cory Hintz Hope Hippler Lindsey Hoeschen John Hoffman Matthew Hoffman Baylee Holeman Lexie Hollermann Jessica Holmgren Julia Howard Lee & Eric Hurd Jacob Hutchins Anna Iburg Zachary Ittel Melissa Jacobs Taylor Jensen Riley Johnson Lydia Johnson Luke Jones Archie Jones III Bailey Juetten Nicholas Juntunen Cole Jurek Shawn Kakuk Marisa Karsky Shawnte` Kehn Katherine Kelly-Miles Ben Kiewel Taylor Killinger Maggie Kipka Jillian Knapek Peter Knutson Ashley Koehler Brianna Koltes Preston Kopel Peyton Kopel Kaela Kopp Jason Kosch Allison Kosobud Ashlyn Kotcho Brian Kron Melissa Kruger Tami & Randy Kruzel Lisa & Paul Kunde Ryan Kurth Drake Lalim Amy Larson Jason Larson Cooper Larson Bruce Latterell David LaVoi Raija Layne Chris Leach Ellen Leake Noah Lefebvre Max Lefebvre Jessica Lemke Hannah Lendino Alexandra Lewandowski Kaitlyn Lindig & Patrick Mabusth

Lauren Lindmeier David Lloyd & Maria Wintheiser-Lloyd Jenna Loerzel Christine Lofgren Gabrielle Lommel Madi Long Megan Loso Anthony Lotzer Jeremiah Lund Jill Lundquist Rob Lyon Brooklyn Madden Shauna Magedanz John Mahowald Joseph Mahowald Molly Mahowald Martin Mahowald Joseph Maiers Janice Maiers David Maiers Janetta Maki Kathleen Markman Lindsay Maruska Jennifer Matzke Kayla McIver Morgan McKibbin Daniel Medin Tara Metzger Hannah & Noel Meyer Doris Meyer Nicole Meyer Abigail Meyer Trent Meyer Jacob Milejczak Rachel Miller Solange Miller Eric Minnerath Aaron Moore Faye Mrozek Marisa Murphy William Musielewicz Kimberly Navarro Cody Neitzke Rachel Nelson Cole Nelson Kayla Nelson Madeline Nelson Amanda Nelson Alex Nemeth Zach Nemeth Will Nemeth Rachel Nickles Tina Niemela Tristen Nies Michelle Nix Sarah & Andrew Noble Kelsie Nowicki Lee Obermiller Taylor O'Brien Robert O'Brien Jordan Och Rachel Oleen Kristopher Oliveira Nathan Olmscheid Jamie Olson Cody O'Neil Grace Orbeck Jessica Ostman Linnea Otto Victoria Oven

Alexander Padworski Morgan Payne Cera Perrault Denise Peterson Miranda Peterson Mitch Peterson Michael Phillips Katrina Pierson Kari Pollard Jessica Pollard Zachary Pollard Megan Posusta Anna Prawdzik Morgan Puhl Karen Radi Kelly, Karen & Marty Radi Rachel Rask Kaylee Ratka Charles Rau James Rau Lucy Reitz Emily Reuss Wade Rhonemus Alexis Rice Ben Rickers Brianna Rimas Hanna Ritter Monica Rodel Hayden Roelofs Ben Rohlfs Michaela Roskowiak Ryan Ross Jessalyn Roussin Arianna Rudnitski Isabel Rudnitski Alayna Runge Maeve Ryan Lisa Saari Ricarda Salk Malaya Sanders Alexandra Savre Ryan Sayre Rachel Schatz Samantha Schiller Brooke Schlangen Craig Schlegel Roger Schleper & Susan Wendt Adam Schlichting Sierra Schmelz Michelle Schmitz Sarah Schmitz Isaac Schmitz Nathan Schneider Shawn Schoen Taylor Schoenberg Scott & Jennifer Schreiber William Schroeder Kiana Schuchard Holly Schuck Robert Schumann & Kristine Lawrence Alicia Schumer Kalie Schuster Elizabeth Schutt Brookelyn Schyma Mackenzie Selle Melissa Shankey Allison Shankland Caitlyn Shaw Jacob Shea

Leesa & Benjamin Sherman Megan Sieben Kelly Simondet Abby Skwira Katelyn Slusher Jeffrey Smith Reid Sobania Anna Sornsen Garyt Sowada Patrick Stalboerger Caleb Stampley Jordan Stanek Gary & Cole Stang Addison Stavos Trisha Steiner Kaitlin Stene Samantha Stoerzinger Madison Stoltz Lynn Stoltzmann Erin Stone Cameron Stowe Jordan Stowe Becca Stromquist David Switzer Cassy Teff Madison Terlinden Brooke Thell Vincent Thiel Morgan Thole Emily Thornton Jocelyn Thorson Emma Thorsten Luke Tillotson David Tipton Mary Triggs David Trinh Jaden Turner Katlin VanOrt Paige Verkinnes Jessica Vittum Vanessa Voigt Kandice & Jeremy Voigt Rebecca Voltin Ean VonWald Tami Vossen Jessica Waldvogel Adrian Walker Anthony Walter Raeley Walz Landrie Walz Tyler Walz Emily Webster Heather Weems Daniel Weidner McKenna Welk Olivia Wells Tiffany Welsh Kevin Whitlock Christopher Wieland Richard Willems Tim Williams Amelia Winkelman Madi Winscher Katelyn Wisniewski Angela Witte Abby Wolfe Abigail Wolters Fasika Yifru Emma Zenzen Cindy Zhang



OF THE BBBS MISSION Without our volunteers we would not be able to execute our mission and would not exist! Our Big Brothers and Sisters are the magic makers and dream weavers! Over 1,000 different people served as mentors, committee members, volunteers, or interns at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota in 2016-2017 accounting for 31,705 total volunteer hours valued at $765,359.* “I have to say, my proudest moment is hearing that my Little is doing things at her school or in the community to help others. And the greatest part is that she is making a positive impact on others out of the goodness of her heart.” – Karen Radi, Big Sister

*The estimated value of an American's volunteer time in 2016 was $24.14 per hour.




Thank you to Federated Insurance, Traut Wells, Capital One, St. Cloud Subaru, Dayta Marketing, Leighton Broadcasting, Thrivent Financial, Spirit 92.9, Coborn's Inc., Wells Fargo, Stinson Leonard Street, and Luther Honda of St. Cloud, for making a BIG difference in the lives of the children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota.

BIGS IN BLUE Bigs in Blue is an innovative initiative that SDLUVSROLFHRIÀFHUVZLWKORFDO\RXWKZKRDUH facing unique challenges. Bigs in Blue builds bridges between youth & law enforcement. We currently have partnerships with the St. Cloud, Sartell, and Waite Park Police Departments and are looking to expand to other departments in our service area.

BECOME A SPONSOR 6SRQVRUVSURYLGHPDMRURQJRLQJÀQDQFLDOGRQDWLRQVWR%LJ%URWKHUV%LJ6LVWHUV of Central Minnesota in support of our mission to mentor children facing adversity. We are profoundly grateful for the support provided by our sponsors and are KDSS\WRFXVWRPL]HVSRQVRUVKLSEHQHÀWVWRPHHWDFRPSDQ\·VXQLTXHPDUNHWLQJ QHHGV$ORQJZLWKWKHIROORZLQJEHQHÀWVVSRQVRUVUHFHLYHYDULRXVDPHQLWLHVUHODWLYH to the level of giving at Big Brother Big Sister events held within the community.

BIGGEST SPONSOR $20,000 or $40,000 in-kind Allows us to match 15 waiting Littles • Company logo recognition as BIGGEST sponsor on website and social media ‡&RPSDQ\SURÀOHDQGOLQNIHDWXUHGRQVRFLDOPHGLDDQGZHEVLWH ‡&RPSDQ\ORJRGLVSOD\HGDW%LJ%URWKHU%LJ6LVWHUVEXVLQHVVRIÀFH

BIGGER SPONSOR $10,000 or $20,000 in-kind Allows us to match 5 waiting Littles • Company logo recognition as BIGGER sponsor on website and social media ‡&RPSDQ\SURÀOHIHDWXUHGRQZHEVLWH ‡&RPSDQ\QDPHGLVSOD\HGDW%LJ%URWKHU%LJ6LVWHUVEXVLQHVVRIÀFH

BIG SPONSOR $5,000 or $10,000 in-kind Allows us to match 3 waiting Littles • Company logo recognition as BIGGER sponsor on website and social media

HOW CAN YOU MAKE A BIG IMPACT? VOLUNTEER With over 100 children on our waiting list, we are always in need of Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Big Couples, and Big Families. Our program includes both School-Based and Community-Based Bigs. Call us today WRÀQGRXWPRUH DONATE Make a donation online: www.bbbscentralmn.org Mail donation to: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota 203 Cooper Ave N, Suite 162 Saint Cloud, MN 56303

DOUBLE YOUR GIFT Participate in your employer’s matching gift program. INVITE US TO VISIT We can visit your workplace over lunch for your team to learn about BBBS and how your company can get involved. PLANNED GIVING Leave a BIG Legacy; include us in your estate or will. BECOME A SPONSOR 6SRQVRUVSURYLGHPDMRURQJRLQJÀQDQFLDO donations to BBBS in support of our mission to mentor children facing adversity.


Even little amounts can make a big difference!



Mary Bechtold Match Support Coordinator

Bryan Bauck CentraCare Health System

Tasha Bruns-Notsch Enrollment Coordinator

Erin Bitzan D.J. Bitzan Jewelers (Big)

Liza Fetterley Program Coordinator

Peggy Brown Pilgrim's

Rebecca Fonss Match Support Coordinator

Debbie Clausen Thrivent Financial (Big)

Grant & Communications Manager (Former Big)

Ann Cofell Mid-Minnesota Legal Services

Sharon Harren Administrative Assistant

Kevin Fitzpatrick Capital One

Brenda Jacobson Advancement Director

Andy Knoblauch Coborn's Inc.

Jackie Johnson Executive Director

Jeff Gannon Treasurer Miller, Welle, Heiser & Co., Ltd. (Former Big)

Rachel Johnson Recruiter Andrew Karasch Database Specialist Robyn Rieland School/Site-Based Coordinator Beth Marquette School-Based Coordinator Ann Matvick Program Director Emily Steinmetz Volunteer Coordinator

Lee Hurd Bursch Travel Agency (Big) Holly Lee RealTime Solutions (Former Big)

John P. Mahowald Mahowald Insurance Agency Vince Mohs (Former Little and Big) Luke Riordan DAYTA Marketing (Big) Rick Roehl Federated Insurance Marie Schmitz President BerganKDV Alex Schoephoerster Stinson Leonard Street Peter Spaniol Secretary U.S. Bank Joan Vincent Public Relations & Fundraising Professional, Retired Vicky Welty Vice President SCR

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota 203 Cooper Ave N, Suite 162 Saint Cloud, MN 56303

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ADVISORY COUNCIL TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Barb Anderson Shelly Bauerly Kopel Anderson Trucking (retired) Granite Equity

Mark Traut Traut Wells

Gary Bechtold American Door Works

Gary Marsden Marco (retired), Former Big

Bob Walter Gray Plant Mooty

Scott Bement St. Cloud Subaru

Karla Myres Community Volunteer

Don Watkins Tanner Systems (retired)

Mimi Bitzan DJ Bitzan Jewelers

Joyce Schlough Park Industries

Sue Wendt Coborn's Inc (retired)

Mark Coborn Coborn's Inc (retired)

John Schnettler CentraCare, Former Big

Penny White Community Volunteer

Brad Goskowicz Mircrobiologics

Rob Schumann Stinson Leonard Street, Big

Keith Julson BerganKDV (retired)

Eric Stalboerger Capital One

Mike Ziemann Federated Insurance (retired)

SAVE THE DATE Bowl for Kids' Sake October 2018

Magic Moments Gala April 13, 2018 St. Cloud River's Edge Convention Center St. Cloud, MN

Mainline: 320.253.1616 www.bbbcentralmn.org

Federated Challenge July 29 & 30, 2018

Profile for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota

2016 2017 annual report  

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota July 2016 - June 2017 Annual Report.

2016 2017 annual report  

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota July 2016 - June 2017 Annual Report.