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Jessica Whitney
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona In the News

Central Arizona organization awarded $100,000 grant

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona announced a $100,000 grant received from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust Sept. 21. The funds will be used to further the work of Big and Little matches as well as assist in making new matches. Amidst today’s climate due to the pandemic, the youth of BBBSAZ are in uncharted territories. They are lacking access to in-person social networks and having a caring adult mentor to help them navigate this changing atmosphere is pivotal to development...READ MORE

Avondale Police Department makes multiple promotions

The Avondale Police Department recently promoted five officers. Lt. Olivia Contreras was hired by the Avondale Police Department in 2005. In 2015, she was promoted to patrol sergeant and currently works in the Criminal Investigations Bureau overseeing the Special Victims Unit (SVU)... READ MORE

In Business Magazine Celebrates 15 Valley Women for Leadership in a Time When It Is Needed More Than Ever

In Business Magazine is, once again, bringing together top local women of achievement to share their stories and inspire Valley business leaders at the annual Women of Achievement event on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, in a live broadcast for registered guests. Fifteen Valley Women of Achievement are being celebrated for their achievements in leadership at a time when leadership is needed more than ever before... READ MORE

Paul's Pay it Forward Car Wash is back virtually for 2020

Paul’s Pay It Forward Car Wash is back this year. However, because of safety concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the car wash will be virtual. The week-long fundraiser is from Oct. 19 - 23...READ MORE

The other judge who should have been included on Arizona's 'Women of the Century' list

In commemorating 100 years of the women’s right to vote, The Arizona Republic selected and wrote stories on whom their panel of experts believe are “Arizona’s 10 Most Influential and Iconic Women From the Past Century.” READ MORE

Paul Horton Interview

Every year, Paul Horton rolls up his sleeves to wash hundreds of cars in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona...READ MORE

Phoenix Stories 2020: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona make new ways to meet even during pandemic

During Covid-19, the youth in the BBBSAZ program faced extreme stressors including increased anxiety, uncertainty around the health and safety of their families, and lack of access to regular school and social support networks...READ MORE

Big Brothers Big Sisters Welcomes New Board Chair

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ), one of the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in the United States, appoints a new Board Chair and welcomes a new Executive Committee...READ MORE

On the move at McCarthy, Lon's, BBBSAZ, CBRE

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ), one of the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in the United States, appointed a new Board Chair and welcomes a new Executive Committee... READ MORE

Arizona coalition focuses on inspiring young men in higher education

It didn’t take Larry Ross, a fifth-generation educator who launched the Omega Youth Leadership Academy in Arizona, long in his career to notice that there’s a group of students who go unnoticed when it comes to setting high goals after high school...READ MORE

Goodyear City Council approves funding

On July 13, Goodyear City Council unanimously approved fiscal year 2020-21 community funding support to nonprofit organizations. Community support includes helping people find employment and housing.vThe total funding of $114,000 will be allocated to several nonprofits, including Big Brothers and Sisters of Central Arizona, All Faith Community Services and Phoenix Rescue Mission...READ MORE

Councilwoman helps struggling Scottsdale Cares

Every month, thousands of Scottsdale residents pay an extra dollar on their utility bills to support area nonprofits that provide critical services to community members in need.

The program, called Scottsdale Cares, has raised in excess of $3 million since its inception in 1995...READ MORE

1o7 Corporations Partner with Catholic Education Arizona to Create Future Leaders

Catholic Education Arizona, (CEA) a School Tuition Organization serving the Diocese of Phoenix 37 Catholic schools, offers Arizona businesses an opportunity to change lives and develop the future workforce through private education choices with Arizona Corporate Tax Credits. Catholic Education Arizona partners with Arizona businesses to make families' choice in education affordable...READ MORE

Goodyear awards $114,400 in grants to nonprofits

The Goodyear City Council unanimously approved $114,400 in grants for 21 nonprofit organizations that serve the community during its regular meeting Monday, July 13...READ MORE

Q&AZ Where Can I Donate Clothes In the Phoenix Area During Pandemic?

With more time spent at home, some Arizonans are taking the opportunity to clean out their closets.

One listener asked: "I have some beautiful business clothing and shoes and other nice items to donate, but it seems only Goodwill is still taking stuff due to COVID-19. Wanted to donate them to Fresh Start Women's Center because they do such great work. Where else can accept donations?" READ MORE

Big Brothers Big Sisters Hosts Virtual Fundraiser

Due to COVID-19 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ) made the difficult decision to cancel the annual Tee Up for Kids Topgolf Tournament. The agency opted to host a virtual campaign supported by corporate partners and individuals requesting donations from friends and family. DEPCOM Power joined as a Presenting Sponsor for third year in a row. Along with several other sponsors and the efforts of 50 individual fundraisers BBBSAZ was able to raise close to $34,000 in just one month...READ MORE

West Valley Mavericks hit $1M in community grants

The West Valley Mavericks Foundation is distributing over $375,000 in grants to 82 nonprofit organizations in the West Valley, raising its giving total since 2012 to $1 million.

The West Valley Mavericks Foundation is a nonprofit that has a mission “to assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in West Valley communities.” READ MORE

West Valley Mavericks award $375,000 in grants to 82 area nonprofits

The West Valley Mavericks Foundation awarded more than $375,000 in grants to 82 local non-profit organizations, the organization announced in a May 21 news release....READ MORE

Big Brothers Big Sisters Provide Virtual Mentoring

Social distancing can be difficult for many reasons including feelings of isolation, a lack of routine and not being able to visit with friends. The youth in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona’s program (BBBSAZ) are facing extreme stressors including increased anxiety, uncertainty around the health and safety of their families, and lack of access to regular school and social support networks. Having a caring adult is a key protective factor in helping youth build resiliency against these types of stresses...READ MORE

Arizona Community Foundation, Valley of the Sun United Way grant $74k to BBBSAZ

The Arizona Community Foundation and Valley of the Sun United Way announce the first collaborative COVID-19 response grant of $74,000 awarded to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona.

The Arizona Community Foundation and Valley of the Sun United Way have partnered to ensure funding within Maricopa County to grant requests for those in need, according to a press release...READ MORE

Arizona Community Foundation, United Way Collaborate in Grant

The two organizations have put an emphasis on working together to ensure funding within Maricopa County is deployed in a coordinated, efficient and effective manner. Requests are shared between the two entities, and funding decisions are being made collaboratively...READ MORE

ACF and Valley of the Sun United Way collaborate to grant $74,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona

The Arizona Community Foundation and Valley of the Sun United Way are proud to announce the first collaborative COVID-19 response grant of $74,000 has been awarded to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ)....READ MORE

As seen on GMAZ

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona is now offering virtual meet-ups for bigs and littles during this time...READ MORE

Big Night Out Gala 

On Feb. 21 at the Arizona BiltmoreBig Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona celebrated its 65th anniversary with the Big Night Out Gala. More than 700 guests attended the event, raising $350,000-plus...READ MORE

Maricopa County Board meets today

Law enforcement training and investigative tools; facilities for the coming Presidential Preference Election; and coordinating nearly $3 million in grant funding – these are just a few of the important measures leaders will consider at today’s Maricopa County Board of Supervisors meeting in Pheonix...READ MORE

143 Arizona charities awarded $1.8M in Season for Sharing grants

The 2019-20 Season for Sharing campaign raised $1.8 million for 143 nonprofit agencies across Arizona. All of the money raised is returned to the community because The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com cover all promotional and administrative costs...READ MORE

Race Review: Stadium Blitz AZ

Though Monster Hydro Stadium Blitz is a relatively new obstacle course race, their event in Arizona showcased the organization, energy, and community of the big dogs in the business...READ MORE

Big Night Out Gala Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona celebrate 65th anniversary

On Feb. 21 at the Arizona BiltmoreBig Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona celebrated its 65th anniversary with the Big Night Out Gala. More than 700 guests attended the event, raising $350,000-plus... READ MORE

143 Arizona charities awarded $1.8M in Season for Sharing grants

The 2019-20 Season for Sharing campaign raised $1.8 million for 143 nonprofit agencies across Arizona. All of the money raised is returned to the community because The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com cover all promotional and administrative costs...READ MORE

GRPD Commander Jeffrey Hunter named Big Brother of the Year for mentorship work in GRIC

On Thursday January 30, 3030 Commander Jeffrey Hunter was recognized as the Site Based Big Brother of the Year at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona''s Big Event in Phoenix... READ MORE 

'Big Night Out' Boosts Big Brothers Big Sisters 

The evening was washed in blue, and the blue theme was even carried out within the mystery box raffle. Grand prizes included roundtrip airfare on JetBlue and a sapphire ring from Molina Fine Jewelers...READ MORE

Making news: OH Partners, Collies, MRC, Sundt

The Sundt Foundation awarded over $80,000 in grants to 23 Phoenix-area nonprofits during its first-quarter disbursements... READ MORE

Larry Fitzgerald's Holiday Party

Giving Back to the Community...WATCH NOW

Bird Droppings: Arizona Cardinals defensive line depth continues to be tested, Cardinals add to practice squad, ready for Browns and more

Larry Fitzgerald's Holiday Dinner - WR Larry Fitzgerald hosted a special holiday dinner for kids from Big Brothers Big Sisters program...READ MORE

Nordstrom Expands Holiday Giving Campaign to Include Four Partners And A Goal of $1 Million Dollars

This Giving Tuesday, leading fashion retailer Nordstrom, Inc. announced it is continuing its tradition of giving back during the holiday season by partnering with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals), the Goud+Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada...READ MORE

Frontdoors 2019-2020 Tax Credit Giving Guide

The 2019-2020 Tax Credit Giving Guide is here! Save this link to maximize the Arizona tax credits when you are ready to file...READ MORE

Mesa student named Miss Indian Arizona

The Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program named Mesa resident Adriana Mitchell the 2019-20 Miss Indian Arizona. Mitchell, a Navajo member of the Colorado Indian River Tribes, competed against five other contestants...READ MORE

Paul's Car Wash is team effort, and everyone wins

The Grand Canyon University basketball teams showed teamwork, operated effciently and hit the spots to produce sparking results Thursday night, but it was well after their practices and far...READ MORE

Paul's Pay it Forward Car Wash raised $200k+ for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona

Another Paul's Pay it Forward Car Wash is in the books, and Arizona's Family once again came through in a big way for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona... READ MORE

Casino Night Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters

Guests bought in to Blackjack, Craps and Roulette with all of the funds going back to BBBS. Paul Events was the big "chip" winner of the night... READ MORE

CBS5 to 'Pay It Forward' to Big Brothers Big Sisters

The 12th Annual Paul's Pay it Forward Car Wash starts on Monday, Oct. 21, and runs through Friday, Oct. 25, at Desert Ridge Marketplace. Each day, from 4:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., CBS5's Chief Meteorologist Paul Horton joins... READ MORE

PODS Phoenix Partners with CBS 5's 12th Annual Car Wash Benefit

Community volunteer groups will join PDS Phoenix and CBS 5 for the 12th Annual Paul's 'Pay it Forward' Car Wash at the Desert Ridge...READ MORE

12th Annual Paul's Car Wash to Support Big Brothers Big Sisters

The 12th Annual Paul's Pay it Forward Car Wash starts on Monday, Oct. 21 and runs through Friday, Oct 25, at Desert Ridge Marketplace...READ MORE

Paul's Pay it Forward Car Wash kicks off October 21st

For an entire week, CBS 5 Chief Meteorologist Paul Horton will roll up his sleeves and wash hundreds of cars in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ)... READ MORE

Big Night in Monte Carlo to Support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona 

Big Brothers Big Sisters invites you to our annual Casino Night, "Big Night in Monte Carlo", taking place on October 4th at 7 pm at the Scottsdale Airpark...READ MORE

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona hires 2 new directors

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona welcomes two new directors. Adrian Jamieson has joined the agency as director of development and Devin Del Palacio will take on the role of director of community outreach... READ MORE

On the move at BBBSAZ, Platinum Living, Medicx, Bishop Fox

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ) announced two new Directors. Adrian Jamieson has joined the agency as Director of Development and Devin Del Palacio will take on the role of Director of Community Outreach...READ MORE

The Diamondbacks To Host "Pride Night" vs. Giants

In celebration of Pride Month, the Dbacks will host Pride Night tomorrow at the Dbacks vs. Giants game at Chase Field...READ MORE

So Scottsdale! Magazine

Celebrate the impact that mentoring has on a child's life with a round of golf...READ MORE

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom Announces Opening of Newest Restaurant in Arizona

True to its roots is Old Chicago’s strong commitment to giving back to the community. Old Chicago Chandler has partnered with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, where they will be raising money during their pre-opening events from May 16th to May 18th to benefit the local nonprofit...READ MORE

Giving their all: Employees connect with nonprofits

With his military background, Ruben Urquidez knows he has something to give. "I have experience that could benefit younger children - help them become better people," said Urquidez, a Grand Canyon Education curriculum developer... READ MORE

ASU student named Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor of the year

In a ceremony held on April 17 by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, Hsiao-Ya (Sofia) Chen, a graduating senior from the T. Denny Sanford School of Social Family Dynamics, was awarded the Big Thanks Award for her role as a volunteer mentor... READ MORE

Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek providing scholarships to college-bound high school seniors

The clothing donation boxes are a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Arizona and every dollar the club earns from those donations...READ MORE

Arizona Gives Day returns April 2

Arizona Gives Day Returns this Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Join Arizona's Family as we support nonprofits of all sizes by participating in a 24-hour marathon of online giving...READ MORE

Spring cleaning? You can donate here

If you are working to prepare your closet for the upcoming summer temperatures and want to toss some of those old winter clothes, make sure to take the time to donate instead of throwing them in the trash... READ MORE

Big Night Out features Olympic Gold-Medalist Misty Hyman

Big Night Out featured a different kind of live auction. Auctiontainer Latitia Fry led the audience through bidding for 2 incredible experiences by the winners were... READ MORE

Big Night Out - Big Brothers Big Sisters hosts a fundraiser

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona raised almost $300,000 at its Feb. 21 Big Night Out. The dinner at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn drew approximately 700 guests, who enjoyed a cocktail reception with piano entertainment by... READ MORE

Season for Sharing gives $2.1 million to 162 Arizona nonprofits

The 2018-19 Season for Sharing campaign raised $2.1 million for 162 nonprofit agencies across Arizona. All of that money goes right back into the community... READ MORE

Sign up for a local cause you believe in at Phoenix volunteer fair this Sunday

Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center, Arizona Humane Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona and St. Mary's Food Bank are just some of the nonprofits that will be there to talk about volunteer opportunities... READ MORE

Big Brothers Big Sisters Celebrates National Mentoring Month

Looking to make a difference in your community in 2019? Why not making mentoring part of your New Year's Resolutions this January. Mentoring not only provides a great sense of intrinsic value and positive feelings, but it also helps ignite the potential that exists in every child...READ MORE

Local Titans of Healthcare and Medical Research—Barrow and TGen—Receive $3 Million from Piper Trust to Advance Transformative, Lifesaving Work

Two world-class healthcare and research institutions received a total of $3 million from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust in support of their quests to advance scientific and medical discovery—and save lives...READ MORE

12 Bars of Charity

This bar crawl may be a partridge and a pear tree short of a Christmas classic but a fun time is guaranteed for all. When participants sign up for this Old Town Scottsdale adventure, they select a cause to donate to, choosing between local charities like the Arizona Humane Society or Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona... READ MORE

Lerner and Rowe Presents $10K Check at the 11th Annual Paul's Car Wash

For the fifth year in a row, Lerner and Rowe team members brought their sponges and their smiles to wash Phoenix vehicles to help raise funds during the annual "Paul's Pay it Forward Car Wash." READ MORE

Lopes get sudsy to serve Big Brothers Big Sisters

Laura Capello remembers back in the late 1990s when she met a 40-year-old "Little," whose "Big" in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona organization was 80 years old. READ MORE

TIAA Unveils the TIAA Difference Maker 100 Recognizing Extraordinary People Helping to Create a Better Tomorrow

TIAA today announced the TIAA Difference Maker 100 Honorees – 100 individuals working in the nonprofit sector who have made significant contributions in their communities and throughout the world. TIAA will recognize each of the 100 honorees with a $10,000 donation in their name to the nonprofit organization they support, totaling $1 million in contributions. READ MORE

The New Big Brothers Big Sisters

ABC15 invited President & CEO Laura Capello and a match to introduce our new logo and You+2 Campaign. WATCH

BBBSAZ names new board chair, executive committee

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona has appointed a new board chair and a new executive committee and Jim Mapstead will serve as the new board chairman. READ MORE

Big Brothers Big Sisters announces new chair

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ), one of the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in the United States, appoints a new board chair and welcomes a new executive committee. READ MORE

5th Annual All in For Kids

Guests are invited to test their skills and bring their best poker face for a night of networking, drinks and table games all for a great cause at the 5th ANNUAL ALL IN FOR KIDS fundraiser...READ MORE

Big for a Day bowling bash

Thanks to a community partnership with GCE’s Strategic Educational Alliances division, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona recently had an opportunity to host its annual Big For A Day event in Thunder Alley. READ MORE

Toll Brothers Arizona partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona

Having the right school supplies is the first step to performing well in school. From first grade through high school, well-prepared students demonstrate they care about their studies and are dedicated to learning. READ MORE

Coyotes to donate 10,000 tickets to youth players, organizations

The Arizona Coyotes announced Monday they will honor the state's youth hockey players and community as part of a promotional night in September. READ MORE

VoyagePhoenix: Meet Laura Capello of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona

Today we'd like to introduce you to Laura Capello. Laura, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today? READ MORE

Gila River Indian News: Gila River Police Officers mentor youth in Bigs in Blue

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America teamed up with the Gila River Police Department to roll out a mentorship program at the Gila River Branch - Sacaton of the Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley...READ MORE

FOX Sports Arizona: Big Brothers Big Sisters Looking to Add 100 New Mentors

BBBSAZ President and CEO Laura Capello talks with Jody Jackson about the need for mentors, especially men, on the January 4th Arizona Coyotes pre-game show. WATCH

The Arizona Republic & azcentral.com: Love for cupcakes was the spark between Big Sister, Little Sister six years ago

It’s been six years since Melissa Wilbur and Cheyanne Harvey were matched through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona. When they look back at that first meeting, they remember jittery nerves. Both had been matched before without success. Each hoped it would stick this time. Wilbur, who was 36 at the time, came to the gathering ... READ MORE
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PinalCentral.com: Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks mentors in Pinal

Veronika Leshchinskaya has enjoyed being a friend to her “little sister” as part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentorship program. The 28-year-old Maricopa woman said she has seen a boost in confidence with Alexandria, 14, over the course of the two years they have worked together. Leshchinskaya has enjoyed being a friend to Alexandria while she navigates ... READ MORE