Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counti (Joilet, IL)

Name

  • Name:Ms. Lisa Las
  • Title:Chief Executive Officer

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counti
  • Address:417 W Taylor St
    Joilet, IL 60435
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:8157232227
  • Main fax:8157237030

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General

  • Mission:
  • Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

  • Overview:
  • Since 1970, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As part of the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities throughout Will County, Grundy County, Kankakee County and Iroquois County in Illinois. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

    Our programs are designed to meet the needs of at-risk children through one-to-one mentoring relationships. Through these efforts, children receive help with schoolwork, meet with business people in the community, receive encouragement in art and or sports, build self confidence and meet with couples or individuals on a weekly basis.

    All our programs help children gain higher self-esteem and have better relationships with those around them, and we believe children affected by our program are more likely to serve their communities in the future.

    We have two core programs of one-to-one matches: 1.) community-based mentoring and 2.) site-based mentoring. Community based mentoring is where 'Bigs' and 'Littles' spend together in the local community, on one-to-one outings and activities, doing things they enjoy together, such as: playing sports, fishing, going to a museum, listening to music, or hanging out and talking. Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekends, others get together with Littles in the evening. Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them. Our site-based mentoring programs take place at school. Volunteers are matched one-to-one with an elementary or middle school student and meet once a week during the lunch hour throughout the academic school year. Youth enrolled have been identified by school personnel as a student that can benefit from social or academic support. Activities include, games, arts and crafts, learning a new hobby, tutoring, or just spending time together talking.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties is the only provider of one-to-one mentoring in our area. With the increasing numbers of families seeking our help, our enrollment is increasing and our need for community support. In order to meet the demand for participation in our programs we must be able to create new matches. It costs Big Brothers Big Sisters approximately $1,000 to support one match. Our programs serve low-income children from single parent homes who are at risk. These children do not have extended family support systems or regular contact with their absent parent which can lead to low self-esteem, lack of social skills, anger management issues and difficulty in school.

    Children who are considered to be at-risk need positive adult role models to help them succeed despite the overwhelming odds against them. Studies have shown that children who triumph over the odds have one thing in common: a one-to-one connection with a caring adult. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides this connection, resulting in many benefits to the children who participate in our programs.

    Research consistently demonstrates that Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring helps at-risk youth overcome the many challenges they face. Children matched in our programs are: 46% less likely to skill school, 27% less likely to start drinking, 52% less likely to skip school, and 1/3 less likely to to resort to violence as a way of solving problems. In addition, 59% of children who regularly interact with BBBS mentors improves their grades in school and 73% said their mentors helped them set higher goals for themselves and build self-confidence.

    We respectfully request a $5,000 product grant from the Arbonne Charitable Foundation to provide educational, fun programs to our Big and Little matches. We have created a “girls night in” and “hanging with the boys” educational program to teach girls and boys the importance of self-care and personal hygiene.

  • History:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties was founded in 1970 by Daryl Alderson. Since our inception, we have served thousands of children and youth from primarily single-parent, economically disadvantaged homes. Our agency has been honored as a Governor's Hometown Award winner an unprecedented four times.

  • Year established:1970
  • Endowment:Unknown

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • John S. Mortimer, Chairperson
    WOOD, PHILLIPS, KATZ, CLARK & MORTIMER

    Lori Bergman
    INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CONSULTANT

    Herbert Brooks, Jr.
    ST. JOHN M.B. CHURCH & WILL COUNTY BOARD

    Thomas E. Grotovsky
    R. BERTI & SON CONTRACTORS, INC.

    Patrick Harbour
    HARBOUR CONTRACTORS, INC

    William Kent
    SERVPRO

    Mark A. Lichtenwalter
    SPESIA AYERS & ARDAUGH

    Melinda Mackey
    HARRAH'S JOLIET CASINO & HOTEL

    Sheriff Terry Marketti
    GRUNDY COUNTY

    Karen Aschenbrener Miklic
    PACKARD TRANSPORT, INC

    Karyn McCarthy
    MACLYN GROUP

    Rick Papp
    STATE FARM INSURANCE

    Richard Rodriguez
    KAPLAN UNIVERSITY

    Brian Schipiour
    EXELON NUCLEAR

    Michael Schuster
    MJSI, INC.

    Patrick Schumacher
    JOLIET POLICE DEPARTMENT

    Jim Serr
    CLARITY

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Lisa Morel Las, M.Ed. - Chief Executive Officer

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Elizabeth Protich, Ed.D (Candidate) - Chief Program Officer

    Suzanne Vilt, M.S.W.- Program Manager

    Laurie Keigher- Director of Finance

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:23-7072557

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:237072557
  • Organization Name:BIG BROTHERS - BIG SISTERS OF WILL AND GRUNDY COUNTIES
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:417 TAYLOR STREET
  • Organization City:JOLIET
  • Organization State:IL
  • Organization Zip:60435-6126
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:May, 1970
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):328, 349, 059
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Combat juvenile delinquency, Other youth organization or activities, Other school related activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$1,546,787
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$403,378
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$371,666
  • Last Updated:2/20/2018 11:26:42 pm

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