This week has brought challenges for all of us, across the country and right here in Central New Mexico. Yet, as I learn more than I ever imagined about pandemic protocols and terms like social distancing — I have never been more proud to be part of the talented team at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New Mexico, and part of this supportive community.
Over the next few months, this agency—much like many nonprofits here and across the country—will be faced with tough decisions. But, with unique problems, we have the opportunity to craft unique approaches, to innovate.
Starting this week, for the first time ever, Big Brothers Big Sisters will interview volunteers and lead orientations via virtual software. And, our team who is currently working remotely, will interview youth in need of a mentor on calls and video. Perhaps most importantly, our Match Support Specialists will continue to serve as a hub for hundreds of families—providing resources for those who may be affected by loss of income, food insecurity, lack of healthcare, and anxiety due to the uncertainties related to COVID-19.
Now, perhaps more than ever, the mission and the impact of Big Brothers Big Sisters are evident and urgent. And as we continue to navigate the myriad of challenges we anticipate (and many we haven’t yet anticipated) in the coming months, I want to reassure you that BBBS-CNM will be guided by a purpose and a plan:
- If you’re a donor, know that your funds will be used responsibly as we continue to serve hundreds of youth and their families during this time of need.
- If you’re an event registrant, we’ll prioritize your safety, and we will keep you up to speed on the latest developments on Bowl for Kids’ Sake and other events.
- If you’re a mentor, we’ll provide resources for your Little and his/her/their family, as well as information to help you stay connected during this time of limited social interactions.
- And, if you’re in the process of becoming a mentor, we’ll continue providing orientations, processing applications, and conducting background checks.
Finally, I want to say thank you. Thank you for believing in us. Thank you for believing in the kids we serve. And thank you for standing beside us for the last fifty years, and now—as we face the challenges ahead.
P.S. If you would like to make a donation to sustain BBBS’ working in our community, please donate here.