Our new location offers many benefits. One is enough space to be a place where everyone is welcome. Come join us & learn more about the work we do.
Our new location offers many benefits. One is enough space to be a place where everyone is welcome. Come join us & learn more about the work we do.
MUNCIE, Ind.– Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware County (BBBS) on Oct. 5 to celebrate their new office opening at 119 E Charles St. The open house is from 5:00pm to 8:00 p.m. and there is a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m.
Cheese and wine is available for adults and there is a scavenger hunt for Bigs and Littles and anyone else who wants to participate.
Sue Godfrey, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware County says, “We are thrilled to be back in the space which was our home in the 1980s and 1990s. We are better able to connect with the youth and families we serve by being located in the center of thriving downtown Muncie.”
If you would like more information, please contact Sue Godfrey at 765-284-4141, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website at www.bbbsmuncie.org.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware County, founded in 1971, has served more than 4,300 children locally. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Sara & Felicia just joined the BBBS team and we are excited to have them both here with us for the semester. Both of them are Ball State students and are ready to gain new experiences and make a positive impact at BBBS.
Sara is our new Event Planning Intern. She is a Junior, Public Relations major. She is very excited to start this new position and cannot wait to see where this year and organization takes her! She will be helping with our upcoming event Art for Kids' Sake. Find out how you can get involved.
Felicia is our new Administrative Assistant. She is a Junior, with a major in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice. She has always been passionate about mentoring and is excited to get started!
Stephanie grew up in Anderson, Indiana. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is currently pursuing a dual Master's degree in Adult and Community Education and Executive Leadership for Public Service. Stephanie worked in Nurse Management in the Muncie Community and surrounding areas for many years.
Stephanie became more aware of Big Brothers Big Sisters when her oldest daughter began volunteering as a Big Sister here in Muncie. She always had the desire to impact the lives of others in a meaningful way. She recently joined the BBBS team as a Mentoring Coordinator.
She is excited to begin her journey with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware County. The thing she looks forward to the most about her new role is working with the children, their families, and the volunteers in order to have a positive lasting effect on the lives of each of them.
Andrea grew up in Ohio, until she ventured to Ball State to earn her bachelor’s degree in Journalism. After working in communications and hospitality for a number of years, she was able to do freelance graphic design and stay home with her three children. Through volunteer work at her local church and in education circles, Andrea renewed a love for learning and working with children and parents.
Andrea’s first experience with Big Brothers Big Sisters was when she and her husband were asked to participate as dancers at Dance for Kids’ Sake in 2016. It was such a fun event, and it opened her eyes to the active, intentional work of BBBS.
Mentors had a huge impact on Andrea in different phases of life, and she is thrilled to help facilitate opportunities for others to make life-changing intentional friendships. She thinks it takes a lot of insight and courage for a parent to seek out new opportunities and empowering relationships for their children, and she is so glad Big Brothers Big Sisters is there to partner with them.
Through Andrea’s time volunteering in multiple roles, she knows getting started can feel intimidating. She is excited to help Big volunteers get started with BBBS. She really believes their lives will be enriched as they share what has been invested into them and learn together with their Little. We are grateful to have Andrea join the BBBS team as a Mentoring Coordinator.
They met as strangers 13 years ago. Now, they are sisters.
Leslie Parker has been involved with BBBS for 13 years. Leslie says, “I joined the program because a friend of mine was a BBBS employee and she encouraged me to get involved.” After joining, she was matched with Kathlene, who was 10 years old. They have been sisters ever since.
When Haidyn met Rachel for the first time, she says, “I was going through a tomboy phase and Rachel brought out a personality in me that I didn’t know existed.” Haidyn is happy to have someone to talk to and hang out with. Before she was matched with Rachel, she only had her brother to hang out with, now she has a friend, mentor and Big Sister! She added, “Rachel has a sweet personality and a kind heart. I love her!”
One of my very favorite simple pleasures is climbing into bed with clean sheets. It's something I savor each Saturday night, after we've done the weekly cleaning, a tradition I've carried into my family from my childhood. Something I thought all families did. But this week, I have a whole new thought about pajamas and climbing into fresh sheets after talking to Clark, our copy repair man.
What made you want to work with BBBS?
When I was a graduate assistant, I worked in youth & family programs. I absolutely loved my experience and I missed it. I wanted to move back toward working in that area. I was lucky that the job position opened up when I needed it!
What is your favorite part of your job as a Program Coordinator?
I love many aspects of my job. My favorite things are interviewing children, volunteers, and matching them. Regardless of how many times I ask the same questions, I constantly get new answers from the children that are always entertaining.
I love getting to know the volunteers. The type of people that come into the program wanting to volunteer to be Bigs are absolutely incredible. I am honored that they share their life story with me and I get to learn from them.
After that, I truly enjoy the Big and Little meeting each other for the first time. When they are matched, they are both excited to meet each other and a little shy. It is wonderful to see them both grow together in such a short period of time.
Can you talk about a mentor that you had growing up?
I had many mentors growing up that invested their time and effort and impacted me in different ways. One of my early mentors was a middle school teacher named Mrs. M. She was also my track and cross country coach. She was always a strong female role model that was positive and encouraging during my middle school and high school years.
About a year ago, I wrote her a letter about how much I admired her character and looked up to her growing up. She wrote a letter back. She has two twin girls and she wrote that she hopes they grow up to be like me.
That statement has had a profound impact on my outlook for the future and the way I live my life. I want those girls to have amazing opportunities, a fulfilling life, and reach their full potential. I want the absolute best for them. I don't want them to miss out on a second of having a life that they love and achieving their dreams. Not only did Mrs. M have a positive impact on my life, but her daughters have too. I want to live as a role model that empowers the girls to be anything they want to be and live a life that they love.
Laura is a passionate employee that cares a lot for other people. Her work in the organization is vital to the success of Big Brothers Big Sisters' mission: changing the lives for the better, forever. We are lucky to have her brilliant mind on our team. Thank you so much, Laura!
Pat Bowen describes his family as: “My best half Maggie, wife of 28 years, son Tyler, Greatest Daughter-in-Law in the World Tara and Tatum, our one and only Granddaughter.” Pat’s spent 8 years as the Internet Sales Manager at Stoops Automotive Group. Pat says Muncie and the surrounding area is a great place to work.
In addition to being his dancing partner today, Pat Bowen’s favorite sister, Susan Brumley is the proud parent of four young children alongside her husband Joel. When Susan is not teasing her older brother, she works as a Personal Wardrobe Consultant at Simply Classic.
Watch as this dynamic duo takes the stage!
Aaron and Stephanie Fisher were excited to be involved in Dance for Kids’ Sake, and to help support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware County. The Fishers are Muncie natives celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary this year.
Aaron is a UPS driver, drummer, and music enthusiast. Stephanie is a Ball State grad who works at SpinWeb in Indianapolis and serves on the board of local nonprofit The Facing Project. They have two young daughters, Madeline and Lucy, along with lots of family and friends in town rooting them on!
What a cute couple!
Watch as Aaron & Steph take the stage!
Nik Seiber and Mary Lou Vercellotti moved to Indiana four years ago when Mary Lou accepted a faculty position at Ball State University. She teaches courses in linguistics and English to speakers of other languages.
Nik is a designer with a degree in landscape architecture and is currently taking a furniture design course at Ball State. He plays the piano and digeridoo, and he recently picked up the melodica. They enjoy the music of Weird Al because of his word play and his musical talent on the accordion.
These two could teach you a thing or two. Check our Mary Lou & Nik!
Friends Kendra Mann and Chad Ragan were happy to support BBBS by slipping on their dancing shoes. Kendra has been teaching Communication courses at BSU for six years. When not lesson-planning or teaching, Kendra’s favorite pastime is joining husband Brian to play with their one-year-old son, Owen.
After finishing graduate school, Chad began work with Parlour Salon on the preservation of the historic Alva Kitselman Mansion at Hazelwood Estates. When he isn’t rehearsing with Kendra, he is binge watching Barefoot Contessa, looking for any excuse to avoid working out, or spending hours at Target buying things he doesn’t need.
These two sure know how to get into character.
Check out Kendra and Chad with All that Jazz!
There is no question that the Jeffers won over the crowd this year at Dance for Kids’ Sake. We are excited to share with you their story and dance from that evening.
Steve and Vicki Jeffers met at Ball State as members of the University Singers. Vicki claims her attraction to Steve began because she got to, “stand behind Steve and watch him wiggle his buns.” They have been married for 42 years.
Steve is recently retired and Vicki has spent 40 years as a devoted teacher and choir director, and coordinated the Muncie Community Christmas Sing for 20 years. The Jeffers have 3 children and 6 grandchildren with the 7th on the way. Many thanks to all who helped reach our fundraising goal, especially the Brannons of Mieneke Car Care.
Juan E Toro is a licensed Zumba® and Zumba Toning® Instructor, a retired Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army (retired after 27 years of service), disabled veteran, and owner of Don Juan Fitness, LLC. Juan is the proud father of 4 children and grandfather to 5.
Casey Langendorfer is a health and PE teacher at Highland Middle School. You can usually find her playing soccer in the DCFC league #champions, doing Crossfit at the Arsenal, reading, teaching Zumba®, or going on camping trips with husband Pat. A native New Yorker, Casey also loves the Yankees, Jets, and Rangers and misses delis and bagels.
Check out their diverse moves!
Audrey Clevenger is a Lead Strategy Analyst at Navient where she has worked for 10 years. She enjoys volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement and Second Harvest. Husband Kyle Clevenger is a Noise and Vibration Engineering Technician at Progress Rail Manufacturing.
Most of the Clevenger’s time is spent with their two beautiful daughters and dogs, Pookie and Rosie. When not with his girls, Kyle can be found riding his Triumph motorcycle on and off road and listening to technical metal or NPR. When the kids are asleep Audrey loves to read and/or watch HBO.
Their GROOVY moves are a must-see!
The Oldfields are no strangers to the stage. Jessica spent her youth in various shows then onto Ball State Singers. Codi devotes his free time to writing songs for his band, Oldfield and the New Birds, where Jessica sings backup.
During the daytime, Codi is a lead operator works at Tomken Tool and Engineering while Jessica is a stay at home mom, who sews for her someday Etsy shop. They have 3 children, Jasper, Dovie and Eisley.
Check out their STYLE and RHYTHM!
Eight couples compete to raise money and awareness for local youth. More than $28,500 was raised on April 22, 2017 to support one-to-one youth mentoring for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Don't miss a minute of the highlight reel.
A huge success for the 7th annual Dance For Kids Sake event on April 22nd! Our couples shredded the dance floor with the help of their wonderful choreographers. Their hard work (as well as the hard work of our donors) the final total reached $28,845, surpassing our initial goal by a landslide!
The energy and excitement on the dancefloor was contagious as the dancers moved across the dancefloor. Everyone was mesmerized by the performances of the couples, and we could all only admire the dedication and time each group put into these routines. Each dancer came with their best moves, and we can’t help but feel grateful for their participation.
Laura Lauer, the Enrollment and Match Support Coordinator, says, “Dance For Kids Sake is always a fun event! The dancers at the event this year were impressive. We are grateful for all the funds and support received to continue helping the children and volunteers grow in our community.” And boy is she right! We are so thankful, both for their work, and their entertainment!
Mary Lou Vercelloti and Nik Seiber won “Best Supporting Actor and Actress” for raising the most money, reaching record heights of over $10,000. They danced energetically to Weird Al’s “Word Games,” and really gave the audience a show!
The “Best Director” award was won by Cole Academy choreographer, Tori Cashman, and her couple, Chad Ragan and Kendra Mann. They performed a jaw-dropping routine for the Chicago musical number, “All That Jazz”. The shock factor was one for the books!
Steve and Vicki Jeffers won both the Judges’ and Audience Choice awards with their performance, as well as the Best Costume award. Their engaging performance of “Lucky We Can’t Stop This Feeling” from the Trolls movie featured a shocking wardrobe change which brought down the house! Their routine was amazing!
We want to thank all of the dancers and choreographers for their performances. The hard work and dedication showed on the dance floor. The passion and excitement each couple displayed on the dance floor was spectacular, and Big Brother Big Sisters is so grateful to all the time spent on these donations and routines. With their work, we are able to carry their mission forward and change lives for the better, forever.
Brother and Sister team Pat Bowen and Susan Brumley speak about their prior dance experience.
You'll want to be sure to grab a ticket TODAY before prices go up at the door on the day of the event! See you at Northside Middle School on Saturday April 22, 2017. Red Carpet begins at 6:30pm!
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