Community comes through for Littles

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To the Editor:

I would like to express my gratitude to the Island community for its support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod and the Islands. At our Blooming Bids for Kids event held on Friday, June 28, $60,000 was raised for this important mentoring program benefiting Island youth. It warms my heart to know the commitment our neighbors show year after year. 

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to partner with underresourced families to provide their children with transformational, one-to-one professionally supported relationships with caring adult mentors, so that their children will thrive. Research shows that over their lifetimes, Littles have a 17 percent higher annual income, are 22 percent more likely to attend college, and are 33 percent less likely to come into contact with the justice system than their peers. 

We were recipients of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Nationwide Leadership Council Quality Award in 2016 and 2017, and other offices now call us to see how to make the magic happen best. Remember that when you support Big Brothers Big Sisters, you are supporting children and their families when they need you the most. 

Connie Alexander, chair,
Martha’s Vineyard Advisory Board, BBBS