Birdies Fore Love Impact: Big Brothers Big Sisters
Since the Birdies Fore Love program started over 10 years ago, RSM has supported hundreds of charities in local communities around the United States and Canada, with the grand total of donations amounting to more than $17 million. Read about one of these deserving charitable organizations below to better understand the impact Birdies Fore Love has on the communities where RSM’s people live and work.
Nationally, the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization is the oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in the United States. The 253 agencies across the country operate in all 50 states and serve youth from age five into young adulthood. For the past two years, RSM’s Kansas City office has collaborated with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City (BBBSKC) for Birdies Fore Love. BBBSKC exists to clear the path to a child’s biggest possible future, and empower positive change in the community, by matching “Littles” with “Bigs” to create powerful, meaningful, and life-changing friendships. BBBSKC serves children from a variety of backgrounds, including children living in one-parent homes, growing up in poverty, and coping with parental incarceration, who want and need a mentor in their lives.
Research proves that children enrolled in the Big Brothers Big Sisters programs are more likely to improve in school and in their relationships with family and friends, and are less likely to skip school or use illegal drugs or alcohol. Hannah Neel, special events coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City, has said “short-term, the Birdies Fore Love funds will help cover the cost of background checks, volunteer orientations, and case management support, which are needed to ensure the safety of our Littles, and the training of our volunteers. Long-term, these funds will help our case managers support the 1,365 active Matches in our program and take more Littles off our waitlist.”
The Kansas City office raised more than $20,000 through the 2018 Birdies Fore Love program. All funds raised through Birdies Fore Love will help empower the potential of over 350 waiting Littles, by matching them with a Big Brother or Big Sister, and changing their lives for the better, forever. Neel sees the impact that this program is making first-hand, stating, “Birdies Fore Love is helping to make a significant impact in Kansas City. The donation made to Big Brother Big Sisters Kansas City, stays right here in Kansas City to have a direct impact on our children and community.”