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2018 ANNUAL REPORT Providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

DEFENDERS OF POTENTIAL TO OUR INCREDIBLE FRIENDS & SUPPORTERS, I had the opportunity to meet with the mother of one of our Little Brothers and the meeting was so eye opening I had to share. During our conversation this mother shared with me some of the trauma her family had gone through prior to her son being matched with his Big Brother. Honestly, what she and her small family had been through in a few years was more than most people are able to endure over a lifetime . She told me about her feelings of hopelessness and her worry about her son during this extremely difficult time and she talked about the behaviors that her son started demonstrating as a result of all the hardships they had been through. While she desperately wanted to help her son, she was in her own powerless place and she told me that she cried as she thought that if something didn’t change, she would be visiting her son in jail soon. As I listened to her story, even I felt overwhelmed for her. However, things did change for her and her son, he got a Big Brother. She beamed as she talked about the feeling of support and hope she felt the day her son met his new Big Brother. She talked about how much she needed help at that time of her life, with all she had gone through she was struggling to just get through the day. The feeling of comfort she got knowing that someone was willing to step in and be a constant source of encouragement for her son, changed everything for their family. The family is in a much better place now, they are getting back on their feet and beginning to thrive and I know they are healing from all they have been through, including her son. He is doing better in school, he is planning for his future, he is making friends, he is happy again. This strong, brave mother reminded me several times that this change for the better in her son wouldn’t have happened if not for his Big Brother. I can take her comments to the next level and say that we wouldn’t have been able to answer this family’s call for help if we didn’t have people like you joining us in the fight for better lives and possibilities for the children and families we get to work with every day. What we are doing matters, it positively impacts not just the children but their families and our community. I am so proud to be part of this organization and I feel honored to be part of such a generous community. Thank you so much for your support.

Big Sisters Esmeralda meeting her Little Sister, Leianna, for the first time in 2018.

EMILY JOHNSON CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters

Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professio

71% of the children in our program are on free or reduced lunch

19% have at least one or more parent incarcerated

55% have a single parent

12% live with a family member or are in foster care



321 children, age 12 on average, for an average of 32 months. Our volunteers’ ages ranged from 17-83 years old, and they volunteered for a combined total of 23,112 hours!

This year we served

Every year we measure our success by tracking several key behaviors that our Littles have either maintained or improved upon, due to the special relationship they have with their Bigs. All statistics listed are specific to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho.

onally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Katie Wegley Board Chair St. Luke's Health System Natalie Podgorski Board Vice-Chair Foresight Public Affairs Eric Fredriksen Board Treasurer Fredriksen Health Insurance

Amy Dempsey CLA - Clifton Larsen Allen

Heather Kimmett KeyBank

Larry Koomler PayneWest Insurance

Andy Fujimoto AmeriBen | IEC Group

Jeff Garrett Micron

Larry Lipschultz Oppenheimer Companies, Inc

Bruce Wetten Retired

Jim and Shaunalee Shipman Colliers International LunchBoxWax

Linda Riley Boise State University Foundation, Inc.

C.J. Sower Boise Cascade

Julie Triepke PacificSource

Deanna Brown TitleOne

Kayce McEwan Simplot

Lisa Roberts Boise School District Mary Reiman Echelon Group

George Doumani Retired


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2018 Annual Report Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho  

2018 Annual Report Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho