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Corona Virus Communication


Big Brothers Big Sisters Services, Inc. is currently aware of the introduction and spread of COVID-19 into our service community. In an abundance of caution and a commitment to health and safety, BBBS has suspended all site-based and group match activities throughout the month of March 2020. If any of these events are ultimately rescheduled, matches who had registered for the original dates will be given first choice for the new dates. No changes to calendars for April or beyond are planned at this time, but as conditions and recommendations change, BBBS will proactively communicate our plans.


As a general practice, BBBS recommends all match parties exercise best judgement when considering spending time together. Reach out to your Mentoring Support Specialist if you’d like to discuss your particular situation or to discuss creative ideas for continuing to build your match relationship without seeing each other in-person for a short period. At a minimum, we ask all Bigs, Parents/Caregivers, and Littles to do the following:

  • Review and follow the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations for preventing the spread of illness.
  • Postpone match outings if anyone in your household has been exposed to COVID-19, has a fever, or exhibits any cold/flu symptoms.

Thank you, as always, for being part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and please reach out to our team if you have any particular questions or concerns.


Shawan Gabriel

President and CEO  

Bowl For Kids' Sake 2020


Big Brothers Big Sisters Services, Inc. Hosts Bowl For Kids’ Sake: The agency’s largest and longest-running fundraiser each year since the 1980s

Winston-Salem, NC- On March 6 and March 7 Big Brothers Big Sisters Services will host the agency’s largest and longest-running fundraiser of the year, Bowl For Kids’ Sake, at AMF League on Jonestown Road. The fundraiser supports the agency’s programming, family intake services, volunteer training, and COUL (club of unmatched littles) activities. The agency recently moved into a renovated, state of the art building that allows their services to reach more children, their families, and the community. 

Reynolds American Inc., a major corporation in town, has been the top corporate sponsor for many years. Additional sponsors include BB&T, Mebane Foundation, Landmark, First Bank, Image Works, Ingersoll Rand, Womble Bond Dickinson, A-1 Self Storage, Learfield|IMG College, Stimmel, and WC Construction. 

“Bowl For Kids’ Sake relies on sponsorships, teams, and individuals to raise dollars each year”, says Shawan Gabriel, President, and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Services, Inc. “Without this fundraiser, it would be difficult to provide mentorship to over 700 children in our community. Our goal is $150,000 this year and we are nearing the finish line.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters Services provides mentorship through their traditional Community-Based and Site-Based programs, focusing on pairing adult mentors with children for one-to-one mentoring relationships.  The agency also provides group mentoring at local elementary schools, mentoring programs at local middle schools, along with group activities and seminars at their new mentoring center. 

Shawan Gabriel shares “Several community partners utilize our new space, providing broader awareness of our services and the need for more mentors to the greater community.” 

Learn more about how to get involved or to become a Big at Follow updates on Facebook (@bbbsofwsfc), Instagram (@bbbsnc) or Twitter (@bbbsnc). 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Services, Inc creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. 

2020 Big of The Year 


Big Brothers Big Sisters Services, Inc. Announce Big Brother and Big Sister of the year

Winston-Salem, NC- On March 2, 2020, Big Brothers Big Sisters Services announced their local agency Big Brother and Big Sister of the year, with their Big Sister of the year winning the state-level award. Big of the year recognizes and illustrates how the mentoring relationship helps Littles (children matched with a Big) achieve their biggest possible futures and makes a long-lasting impact on the Big, too.

Nominees must be matched for at least two years, be highly engaged in the mission, and show excellence as an advocate for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Most importantly, their Little must show progress in reaching their potential and the Big has helped ignite, empower, or defend that potential in an identifiable way.

The agency has had two previous national winners who included Wanda Starke (WXII) in 1999, and Murray Miller (NCWorks Career Center), giving them the distinction of the only agency having 2 national winners in its history.

“We are excited to announce our local Big Brother of the year, Jim Carros of Reynolds American, Inc. and our local and state Big Sister of the year, Christy Respess of the YWCA,” says Shawan Gabriel, President, and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Services, Inc. “We will submit Christy to our National Office for the opportunity to be named National Big Sister of the year.”

Jim, who lost his father when he was a young boy, learning lessons the hard way, said of becoming a Big Brother “If I can pass along some knowledge that I gained to help someone else on their path, then I’m happy to do it.”  Christy, who experienced traumatic loss, says of becoming a Big Sister “There is one thing I wanted my Little Sister to know the importance of giving back”. 

The agency will learn by late April if yet another national Big of the Year will come from their office. Regardless, local recognition is just as important to showcase what has held true since 1977, one-to-one mentoring changes the lives of children in our community and beyond!