Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois (Jacksonville, IL)


  • Name:Ms. Judy Shearon
  • Title:Grant Researcher

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois
  • Address:220 E. Morgan
    Jacksonville, IL 62650
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:217-243-3821

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  • Mission:
  • To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Our services help children with professionally supported relationships, contributing to better schools, brighter futures and stronger communities.

  • Overview:
  • We service a five county area with diversified, socio-economical children. Our agency understands that the communities we serve are within your focus of youth services, designated public service and educational leadership. We serve children in the West Central Illinois area aged 5-17.
    Big Brothers Big Sisters is a community-based organization relying upon volunteers to mentor young children. Children are referred by teachers, principals, and other community members. Our office has been serving the social and emotional development children of the West Central Illinois for over 50 years and has been constant support of these communities in good and bad times.
    Currently we have over 351 matches that help mentor children. Our program has young women and men who need directions in their lives. Our volunteers mentor these young children. We have over 350 community volunteers, however our program director wants to increase matches and provide activities in the school systems in West Central Illinois.
    The geographical region of Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois covers the counties of Adams, Brown, Cass, Morgan and Schuyler. Our goal is for these children to become more confident, competent and caring members of society.

  • History:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) was started in 1904 by Ernest Coulter. He wanted to put adult male role models in the lives of children who had lost their fathers through death, divorce or abandonment. In 1969, LaVerne Norton started the program in Adams County as a graduate thesis project. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Adams County (BBBS) was first adopted as an official program at Catholic Charities. In the mid 70's, BBBS spent four years under Family Services of Adams County, and was then incorporated into Volunteer Action Center for seven years. In 1986, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Adams County entered into the affiliation process with BBBSA, becoming a sponsored program through the YMCA in 1991. In January 2003, BBBS of Adams County merged with BBBS of Morgan County to form BBBS of West Central Illinois (BBBSWCI). Morgan County’s BBBS was formed in 1962, and this year marks their 51st anniversary.
    History of Morgan County:
    Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Morgan County was organized in May of 1962. In 1966, when the organization first received support from the United Way, sufficient resources were available to hire a part-time director to oversee the administration of the many Big Brothers Big Sisters programs. Several individuals served in this capacity until 1972 when a full-time director was hired. In 1991, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Morgan County became affiliated with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Overtime BBBS of Morgan County had growth and strong support from United Way, and then the agency merged with BBBS of Adams County to form West Central Illinois.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois has a satellite office in Quincy, Illinois. As of 2003, the main office is in Jacksonville, Illinois and Cindy Denby, Executive Director oversees operations.

    In 2004, BBBSWCI expanded services to Brown and Schuyler Counties, forming one advisory council for the two counties. In 2006 BBBSWCI also expanded services to Cass County.
    Since that time the organization has grown stronger in one-to-one mentoring activities and has initiated a program of recreational activities for the children and adults in the organization.

    Our community-based and school-based mentoring programs are growing, and we have seen growth of matches in the last four years. We are actively involved in community efforts and activities in five counties. To sustain programs our agency supplements our funding with our signature fundraiser, Bowl For Kids' Sake, new fundraising efforts, and a plethora of small and larger grants.

    Our vision is that all children achieve success in life.

  • Year established:1962
  • Endowment:Unknown

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • GregTabeek - President, Franklin School District, Counselor;
    Donna Veile-Vice President, Payson School District, Administrator;
    Elly Passmore--Secretary, DOT Foods, Inc., Pricing Department Manager;
    Julie Ely-Treasurer, Community member;
    Brian Hendrian-Member, Bank of Springfield, Community Market President
    Ryan Schnack-Member, Schnack Law Offices, Lawyer;
    Libbie Stehn Tumulty-Member, Comcast, Manager Government & Community Affairs – Western Illinois;
    Sonie Smith-Member, Community member;
    Brad Fellhauer –Member - Bogart’s Banquet Hall – Owner

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Cindy Denby - Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Judy Shearon - Grants;
    Paula Stewart - Program Manager;
    Viki Palomo - Financial Adm.
    Quincy Office:
    Toni Hastings, Program Director;
    Brady Griffin, Match Support Specialist;

    Erica Breckenkamp, Case Manager - Brown, Cass & Schuyler Counties


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(1)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:37-0895284

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:370895284
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:220 E MORGAN ST
  • Organization City:JACKSONVILLE
  • Organization State:IL
  • Organization Zip:62650-2509
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:August, 1974
  • 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):090
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Cultural performances
  • Organization Code:5 (Association)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$36,809
  • Asset Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • Income Amount:$262,481
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$250,555
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 8:50:14 pm

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