At MBC we’re dedicated to making a positive impact in our communities by helping individuals and families in need. We do this through our commitment to help support charities that make a huge impact in the lives of many throughout our Michigan communities. One of the ways we raise money is with Friday Casual Days. Every month MBC employees have the opportunity to pay monies for the privilege of wearing blue jeans or other casual attire on Fridays.
Our spotlight charity for December is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County; changing lives, one match at a time.
The Mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
The Vision of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County is that all children achieve success in life.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County’s program matches you with a child between 7 and 15-years-old. You and your Little will spend a couple hours together every other week. This time is spent depending on your schedules, developing a relationship and really getting to know one another. What you spend time doing is up to you and your Little. The opportunities are unlimited. You can shoot hoops, go swimming, make jewelry, bake cookies, visit a college campus, go to the movies, ride a bike, attend a concert or play, or just hang out at a local pizza shop. Just have fun! BBBS will support your relationship by checking in with you to see how things are going. We’ll also offer discounts at popular places in the area, host events just for matches, and occasionally offer free tickets to sporting events, generously donated by community members. Being a Big is a rewarding experience.
Make an impact.
National and local studies show that children who have positive adult role models in their lives are more likely to improve in school and in their relationships with family and friends. They are also less likely to skip school, use illegal drugs or alcohol. Students who are successful in school are less likely to drop out, abuse drugs or commit crimes. A recent study found adult former Little Brothers and Little Sisters were more likely to have a four-year college degree and stronger relationships with their spouses, children and friends that their peers with similar backgrounds. This suggests that we have the potential to break cycles too often associated with family and community poverty while facilitating increased social and economic justice, creating stronger families and stronger communities.