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Being a Big is a great way to mentor

Jaime Kriewaldt

By Jaime Kriewaldt, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Wisconsin

January is National Mentoring Month, a time to shine a light on the power of mentoring and the mentors who believed in us.

It’s safe to say you’ve been impacted by a mentor at some point in your life. Maybe it was a high school teacher who told you to dream bigger, or a football coach who stood in your corner, a colleague in your profession who helped you realize your calling, or a person in your life who made you see what you couldn’t see in yourself.

Whether we knew it at the time or not, our mentors helped us realize our own potential, build our future, and grow into our best selves. That’s the power of mentoring.

Thanks to the support from the many funds listed below, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Wisconsin can provide life changing mentoring relationships to kids in our community, so they can achieve their full potential and have a bigger future.

This month take the time to thank the person who believed in you. If you are interested in becoming a Big, visit our website at Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Wisconsin.

We thank these donors with funds from within the Community Foundation supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Wisconsin this past year:

Al & Phyllis Malak Charitable Fund
Appleton Rotary Foundation Helen Thom Roemer Fund
Big Brothers Big Sisters Helping Hands Fund
Bright Idea Fund
Charles and Janice Lewis Fund for Youth Mentoring
Chilton Area Community Foundation Fund
Community Foundation Fund for BBBS of East Central Wisconsin
David and Jacqueline Paul Fund
Francis A. and Georgia F. Ariens Fund
Helen Hardt Family Fund
Jewelers Mutual Charitable Giving Fund
John and Kathy Peterson Family Fund
Kimberly-Clark Nonprofit Continuing Education Fund
Michael and Patricia Exarhos Fund
Mielke Family Foundation
Morton Family Fund
Robert and Andrea Bauman Family Fund
SECURA Insurance Companies Charitable Fund
The Real Estate Group Foundation Fund
U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs

Interested in exploring a family fund? We have a variety of flexible fund options. Check them out here.

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