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At the age of 13, Tomas made a huge decision in his life. He no longer wanted to have contact with the man who he knew as his father. Tomas, in his early teens, said enough was enough.
Portland, Oregon (Nov. 28, 2012)At the age of 13, Tomas made a huge decision in his life. He no longer wanted to have contact with the man who he knew as his father. Tomas, in his early teens, said enough was enough. Read more of the November and December Big Scoop >
With your help, the Start Something Breakfast brought in: $77,000+ in gifts for 2012; $26,000 in pledges for future years; $52,000 in sponsorship; $55,400 in the Bank of America Challenge (pledges of $1,000 or more); and 45 individuals who expressed interest in becoming a Big Brother or Sister.
Portland, Oregon (Nov. 15, 2012)With your help, the Start Something Breakfast brought in: $77,000+ in gifts for 2012; $26,000 in pledges for future years; $52,000 in sponsorship; $55,400 in the Bank of America Challenge (pledges of $1,000 or more); and 45 individuals who expressed interest in becoming a Big Brother or Sister.
Every day Big Brothers Big Sisters staff see the very best in human nature. Families seek an additional friend to ensure the life of their child is positively impacted. Regular citizens seek to improve our community and contact us to volunteer, donate or partner. With so many amazing supporters it is no easy task to nominate only two each year for the agency Big Brother and Sister of the Year award. We are proud to recognize Big Brother Ryan Shaw and Big Sister Julia Marrocco.
Portland, Oregon (Sept. 20, 2012)Every day Big Brothers Big Sisters staff see the very best in human nature. Families seek an additional friend to ensure the life of their child is positively impacted. Regular citizens seek to improve our community and contact us to volunteer, donate or partner. With so many amazing supporters it is no easy task to nominate only two each year for the agency Big Brother and Sister of the Year award. We are proud to recognize Big Brother Ryan Shaw and Big Sister Julia Marrocco. Read more of the Sept./Oct. Big Scoop newsletter >
The 2012 Graduation Issue is here! Congratulations to all of our graduating Little Brothers and Sisters who earned their high school diplomas in 2012. Thanks to their Big Brothers and Sisters, who helped them along the way.
Portland, Oregon (July 12, 2012)The 2012 Graduation Issue is here! Congratulations to all of our graduating Little Brothers and Sisters who earned their high school diplomas in 2012. Thanks to their Big Brothers and Sisters, who helped them along the way.
We challenged ourselves and our community to Start Something for children in 2011. By all accounts, the results were amazing. Our 2011 Annual Report celebrates these successes. Please take a moment to review our annual report.</a /> You will see the results of your efforts to Start Something. You will also see the names of the thousands of volunteer Big Brothers and Sisters who gave an average of 50 hours to mentoring a Little Brother or Sister.
Portland, Oregon (June 20, 2012)We challenged ourselves and our community to Start Something for children in 2011. By all accounts, the results were amazing. Our 2011 Annual Report celebrates these successes. Please take a moment to review our annual report. You will see the results of your efforts to Start Something. You will also see the names of the thousands of volunteer Big Brothers and Sisters who gave an average of 50 hours to mentoring a Little Brother or Sister.
Many thanks to the Portland Tribune for the great story highlighting our amazing partner, the 1145 Project. The 1145 Project — a partnership between the City of Portland, the Portland Police Bureau and many local African American churches joined together in 2011 to combat violence in our community. A large part of the 1145 Project’s mentoring component, Big Brothers Big Sisters, has received 85 volunteer applicants.
Portland, Oregon (June 13, 2012)Many thanks to the Portland Tribune for the great story highlighting Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest's amazing partner, the 1145 Project. The 1145 Project — a partnership between the City of Portland, the Portland Police Bureau and many local African American churches joined together in 2011 to combat violence in our community. A large part of the 1145 Project’s mentoring component, Big Brothers Big Sisters, has received 85 volunteer applicants.
The Times promoted the Big Brothers Big Sisters Tigard-Tualatin Mentoring Partnership
Portland, Oregon (June 6, 2012)The Bill Healy Foundation made a gift of $12,500 to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program. The CenturyLink Foundation made a gift of $10,000 for the agency's School-Based Mentoring Program. Union Pacific Foundation made a gift of $5,000 to support the agency's African American and Latino mentoring programs.
The Times promoted the Big Brothers Big Sisters Tigard-Tualatin Mentoring Partnership
Portland, Oregon (May 31, 2012) The Times promoted the Big Brothers Big Sisters Tigard-Tualatin Mentoring Partnership.
The Sonic Tigard / King City presented $8,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest!
Portland, Oregon (May 31, 2012) The Sonic Tigard / King City presented $8,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest!
 Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest joined Jeremy on the WildLife
Portland, Oregon (May 25, 2012) Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest joined Jeremy on the WildLife!
The Big Brothers Big Sisters March/April newsletter is here! In this issue: our new CEO, the Bank of America partnership, a Bowl For Kids' Sake fundraising record, an Ambassador Board member spotlight, Big Highlights and a match story.
Portland, Oregon (April 1, 2012) The Big Brothers Big Sisters March/April newsletter is here! In this issue: our new CEO, the Bank of America partnership, a Bowl For Kids' Sake fundraising record, an Ambassador Board member spotlight, Big Highlights and a match story.
Big congratulations are in order for Rebecca Armstrong, our very own Board Chair and Big Sister, who is a 2012 Portland Business Journal Women of Influence Award recipient.
Portland, Oregon (March 21, 2012) Big congratulations are in order for Rebecca Armstrong, our very own Board Chair and Big Sister, who is a 2012 Portland Business Journal Women of Influence Award recipient.
Congratulations to Chabre Vickers our Director of Community Relations & Diversity Programs who has been named the Scanner News Newsmaker of the Year!
Portland, Oregon (March 14, 2012) Congratulations to Chabre Vickers our Director of Community Relations & Diversity Programs who has been named the Scanner News Newsmaker of the Year!
Missed Ryan Shaw's interview today on Terry Boyd's World on KPAM 860 AM? You can listen to the interview here. Ryan is Oregon's Big Brother of the Year (2012) and has been matched with Little Brother Drucell for over two and a half years
Portland, Oregon (March 13, 2012) Missed Ryan Shaw's interview today on Terry Boyd's World on KPAM 860 AM? You can listen to the interview here. Ryan is Oregon's Big Brother of the Year (2012) and has been matched with Little Brother Drucell for over two and a half years.
The Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest has named Andy Nelson as the agency’s new Chief Executive Officer. Nelson’s appointment follows a nationwide search for what is the largest mentoring agency on the West coast.
Portland, Oregon (February 29, 2012) The Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest has named Andy Nelson as the agency’s new Chief Executive Officer. Nelson’s appointment follows a nationwide search for what is the largest mentoring agency on the West coast.
You know a program is working when the children who were in it are now giving back to the program as adults — creating a positive domino effect.
Portland, Oregon (February 23, 2012) You know a program is working when the children who were in it are now giving back to the program as adults — creating a positive domino effect. (KATU)
The 2012 January/February Big Brothers Big Sisters newsletter is here! In this issue: two amazing partners: Bank of America and the Oregon College Savings Plan; Bowl For Kids' Sake; our Ambassador Board; National Mentoring Month and a match story.
Portland, Oregon (February 23, 2012) The 2012 January/February Big Brothers Big Sisters newsletter is here! In this issue: two amazing partners: Bank of America and the Oregon College Savings Plan; Bowl For Kids' Sake; our Ambassador Board; National Mentoring Month and a match story.
School-Based Big Brother Aubre Dickson speaks to The Portland Tribune about the need for men of color to mentor the young men in our community.
Portland, Oregon (February 16, 2012) School-Based Big Brother Aubre Dickson speaks to The Portland Tribune about the need for men of color to mentor the young men in our community.
The Boeing Employees Community Fund donates $5,894 in support of the Baltazar Ortiz Mentoring Initiative which pairs Latino teens with Latino youth in the 3rd through 6th grades.
        To provide mentoring to children in Clackamas County, The Hoover Family Foundation donates $7,500. The Renaissance Foundation donates $5,000 to provide mentoring to children in foster care.
        Both the Joseph Weston Family and the Templeton Foundation each donate $10,000 for general operating support.
Portland, Oregon (February 6, 2012) The Boeing Employees Community Fund donates $5,894 in support of the Baltazar Ortiz Mentoring Initiative which pairs Latino teens with Latino youth in the 3rd through 6th grades. To provide mentoring to children in Clackamas County, The Hoover Family Foundation donates $7,500. The Renaissance Foundation donates $5,000 to provide mentoring to children in foster care. Both the Joseph Weston Family and the Templeton Foundation each donate $10,000 for general operating support.
A great Saturday for our volunteers and children thanks to the Nike Black Employee and Friends Network. The 2012 Nike Day of Service ended with our Little Brothers and Sisters getting a pair of Nike shoes. Our children will remember this experience for a lifetime.
Beaverton, Oregon (February 4, 2012) A great Saturday for our volunteers and children thanks to the Nike Black Employee and Friends Network. The 2012 Nike Day of Service ended with our Little Brothers and Sisters getting a pair of Nike shoes. Our children will remember this experience for a lifetime.
This year — and for years to come, the African American Advisory Board will celebrate success by presenting the Evening of Impact Awards to those individuals and partners who’ve had life-changing impact in the African American community.
Portland, Oregon (January 30, 2012) This year — and for years to come, the African American Advisory Board will celebrate success by presenting the Evening of Impact Awards to those individuals and partners who’ve had life-changing impact in the African American community.
Bank
        of America has awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia
        Northwest a two-year, $200,000 Neighborhood Builders
        grant.  The bank’s unrestricted funding will result in matching
        children who have been waiting for a mentor with a Big
        Brother or Sister!
Portland, Oregon (January, 2012) Bank of America has awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest a two-year, $200,000 Neighborhood Builders grant. The bank’s unrestricted funding will result in matching children who have been waiting for a mentor with a Big Brother or Sister!
Portland, Oregon (December, 2011) The 2011 Big Brothers Big Sisters winter newsletter is here! The 2011 Big Brothers Big Sisters winter newsletter is here! In this issue: the Start Something Breakfast; Dear Santa; the Willamette Week Give!Guide; Hurricane Audrey; our first breakfast event in Cowlitz County; and Does my Little really need me?
The 2011 Big Brothers Big Sisters fall newsletter</a /> is here! In this issue: the Willamette Week Give!Guide, the Start Something breakfast, Sports Buddies, Beyond School Walls, the annual picnic, meet the fund development team and a match story. Enjoy!
Portland, Oregon (November 7, 2011) The 2011 Big Brothers Big Sisters fall newsletter is here! In this issue: the Willamette Week Give!Guide, the Start Something breakfast, Sports Buddies, Beyond School Walls, the annual picnic, meet the fund development team and a match story. Enjoy!
One thousand guests will have the opportunity to hear from Governor John Kitzhaber, Nike V.P. Tim Hershey, Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson and former Portland Trail Blazer Terry Porter —  who will share his experience as a Big Brother, in celebration of Big Brothers Big Sisters in providing children life-changing volunteer mentors. Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest will host the 9th annual Start Something Breakfast on Thursday, November 17, 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. at the Oregon Convention Center.
Portland, Oregon (November 3, 2011) One thousand guests will have the opportunity to hear from Governor John Kitzhaber, Nike V.P. Tim Hershey, Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson and former Portland Trail Blazer Terry Porter — who will share his experience as a Big Brother, in celebration of Big Brothers Big Sisters in providing children life-changing volunteer mentors. Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest will host the 9th annual Start Something Breakfast on Thursday, November 17, 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. at the Oregon Convention Center.
Portland, Oregon (September 7, 2011) Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest is the beneficiary of $10,000 from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund for the Baltazar Ortiz Community Mentoring Initiative (BOCMI). The initiative is a new site-based, culturally-specific mentoring and service learning model that directly benefits 40 Latino youth: 20 children in 3rd – 6th grades and 20 teenagers in 10th – 12th grades. The initiative provides at-risk Latino elementary school students with culturally-specific mentoring from Latino teens. This is a year-round mentoring program with recreational and educational activities scheduled during the summer months to foster long-lasting relationships and keep both teens and children engaged.
Retired NFL coach Tony Dungy visits Big Brothers Big Sisters partner, The Mentoring Project, to help recuit more mentors.
Portland, Oregon (August 1, 2011) Retired NFL coach Tony Dungy visits Big Brothers Big Sisters partner, The Mentoring Project, to help recruit more mentors (The Oregonian).
The PGE Foundation donates $5,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters to support the agency's School-Based Mentoring Program in the Portland area.
Portland, Oregon (July 18, 2011) The PGE Foundation donates $5,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters to support the agency's School-Based Mentoring Program in the Portland area. The School-Based Mentoring Program provides one-to-one mentoring for at-risk children in 1st through 8th grades who attend Title 1 schools, helping them stay in school and improve their academic achievement.
The Swigert Foundation donates $5,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters to provide continuation of services for five children with an incarcerated parent.
Portland, Oregon (July 18, 2011) The Swigert Foundation donates $5,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters to provide continuation of services for five children with an incarcerated parent.
Nike dedicates nearly half a million to Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest
Portland, Oregon (July 8, 2011) Nike dedicates nearly half a million to Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest. Donated funds benefit the agency’s African American Mentoring and Sports Buddies programs. more...
Longview Big Brother John Palmer is highlighted with Little Brother Skyler to promote the Cowlitz County Bowl For Kids' Sake June 25
Longview, Washington (June 20, 2011) Longview Big Brother John Palmer is highlighted with Little Brother Skyler to promote the Cowlitz County Bowl For Kids' Sake event The Columbia River Reader.
The Portland Timbers offered fans the chance to bowl with their favorite MLS Timbers in the 2011 Bowl For a Goal.
Portland, Oregon (June 19, 2011) The Portland Timbers offered fans the chance to bowl with their favorite MLS Timbers in the 2011 Bowl For a Goal event. Funds raised benefited Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest (The Oregonian).
Comcast and Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest partake in a Bigs For A Day event in Longview, WA.
Longview, Washington (June 11, 2011) Comcast and Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest partake in a Bigs For A Day event in Longview, WA (The Daily News).
Oregon College Savings Plan
Portland, Oregon (May 23, 2011) The evening of May 23 was one of celebration for 25 Little Brothers and Sisters. NW Natural provided a stunning setting for the children to receive a plaque and formal announcement that they were receiving a $1,000 $tart $omething College Savings Advantage scholarship through the Oregon Savings Plan. (KGW, KATU)
The Cowlitz County Community Fund of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington donates $5,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest
Longview, Washington (May 18, 2011) Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Cowlitz County Community Fund of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, to mentor at-risk youth in Longview.
Jeff Anderson rides across the United States this summer to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Fairview, Oregon (May 6, 2011) Jeff Anderson, Big Brothers Big Sisters supporter, rides across the United States this summer to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (The Oregonian, The Outlook).
Aaron Douglas, Big Brother and Ambassador Board member earns the Multnomah County Hilltop Award
Portland, Oregon (May 6, 2011) Aaron Douglas, Big Brother and Ambassador Board member, earns the Multnomah County Hilltop Award (Oregon Legal Journal, The Portland Business Journal).
Safeway employees donate $5,000
Portland, Oregon (April 22, 2011) Special thanks to the employees at the NE 69th and Sandy Safeway! The group donated $5,000 to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Sports Buddies program.
Pacific Power Foundation donates $3,000
Portland, Oregon (April 22, 2011) Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest is awarded a $3,000 grant from the Pacific Power Foundation for the agency's Sports Buddies program.
Big Brother Bob Kessi
Portland, Oregon (February 25, 2011) Big Brother Bob Kessi is joined by Little Brother Juwan, and Juwan's mother Melissa, to discuss their eight year match (KATU).

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. The agency serves Clark,  Multnomah, and Washington counties. In 2011, Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest supported 2,551 children — and the volunteer mentors who serve them, making it the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters agency on the west coast and ninth largest nationwide.

 

 

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