It's hard to believe that 2017 is almost over. As we count down the days until the new year, we want to take a moment to reflect upon all the growth and activity that took place during the whirlwind that was the past 12 months. 

To begin, our funding for Art for Kids' Sake and Dance for Kids' Sake was increased (thanks to all those who attended!) We also had the opportunity to work with the Facing the Future: Mentoring in Muncie project, which teamed us with organizations that have roles in building mentor-mentee relationships in Muncie! The collaboration continued as the BSU Comm Club, Starbucks, the Bahai Center, businesses, churches, and other community groups worked with us to celebrate Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s events with youth in our community. The fraternity brothers from the Ball State chapter of Alpha Sigma Epsilon raised an amazing $14,800 for us through campus events such as their annual Spike Fest. To further understand the impact of their fundraising for BBBS, two Sig Ep members joined our board under honorary status. 

Oldfield and the New Birds at Art for Kids' Sake 2017.

Oldfield and the New Birds at Art for Kids' Sake 2017.

Our executive director, Sue Godfrey with Jay Franko of Ball State SigEp.

Our executive director, Sue Godfrey with Jay Franko of Ball State SigEp.

Our team also welcomed two fantastic new mentor coordinators, Andrea Eads and Stephanie Wallace. These hardworking ladies have a genuine passion for service and have quickly caught on to their new roles with smarts and skill. Having them around the office has been a joy.

We deeply appreciate all of the organizations and individuals that showed support for our programs this year. Their time and financial support makes our team's work possible, and that work will only continue to grow and serve more children in the coming year.