Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County, Inc (Lorain, OH)


  • Name:Ms. Lise Day
  • Title:CEO

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County, Inc
  • Address:1917 N Ridge Rd East, Suite A
    Lorain, OH 44055
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:4402776541
  • Main fax:4402776583

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

  • Overview:
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County is a single-mission agency changing children’s lives through one-to-one mentoring delivered by volunteers and professionally supported by social workers and other professional staff.

    One-to-one mentoring is delivered through program structures detailed in the casework manual: Community Based, which includes Amachi Mentoring Children of Prisoners, Couples Matches and Family Matches in addition to the traditional Big Brother and Big Sister formats, and the School and Site Program, where the matches meet afterschool as Sidekicks or over lunch as Lunch Buddies. The Big for a Day service to waitlist children is becoming a consistent monthly format to keep youth engaged and to provide a way for potential volunteers to initially connect with little or no commitment.

    Youth served are between the ages of 6 and 14 at the time of application. Once enrolled, they may remain in the program until age 18. Volunteers in Community Based must be over age 18; however, teens may volunteer in the afterschool program with agency staff present. Most youth (84%) are between the ages of 8 and 15.

    The children/youth are racially diverse. Forty-two percent are Caucasian, 25% African American, 13% Latino, 17% Multi-Racial and 2% unknown. The national average in Big Brothers Big Sisters is 60% Caucasian.

    Children are primarily from the Ohio cities of Lorain (89) and Elyria (106), followed by Amherst (19), Avon/Avon Lake (14), Sheffield (13) and Oberlin (11). There is at least one child from every community in the county.

    We serve slightly more girls than boys (52% to 48%) because more women volunteer. When we have money to advertise, men volunteer in greater numbers. We put billboards up in February 2013 and by May had tripled the number of men interviewed and oriented.

    Currently, 48 children need a mentor-- 36 boys and 12 girls. Typically the waitlist hovers at 90% boys, so 75% is an improvement.

    The addition of a part-time staff member has led to real match growth and emergent partnerships because we now have capacity. We see this in two ways. First, the matches she makes are in addition to the sustained caseloads of the previous staff members. We can recruit mentors because we have someone who can support more matches. Secondly, by giving most new matches to the new staff member, the veteran caseworkers are working with established matches, which typically require less intensive support. This frees them up to do more interviews, as well as to establish and institutionalize the Big for a Day program. Emerging partnerships with Alpha Phi Alpha black fraternity, Lowe’s employees, and Lorain County Community College students are building a pipeline for desperately needed male mentors.

  • History:
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County was formed by members of the Leadership Lorain County Class of 1994 in direct response to the needs of youth in the community. They kept hearing about the problems and opportunities in Lorain County and noticed a pattern. Youth had big problems and the people who were trying to help them were stretched thin.

    Teachers, social workers, prosecutors, probation officers, clergy and others said something to the effect of “if you can only get to them one-to-one, you can make a difference, but I can’t consistently do that. I have a classroom, a caseload, a congregation.”

    Three classmates over lunch talked about this emerging pattern among the youth development professionals and thought there ought to be a communitywide mentoring program to provide consistent one-to-one attention to youth. The comments of a participant in the 1994 El Centro Youth Forum moved them. The teen had said: “You gotta help yourself because parents ain’t helping ya, teachers ain’t helping ya and the media ain’t helping ya.” His utter lonliness was palpable.

    One-to-one youth intervention was impactful, but very rare in 1994. The group selected the Big Brothers Big Sisters model for its record of child safety and name recognition. They reached into their own pockets for the affiliation fee and conducted a needs assessment. This first board met every two weeks throughout the startup phase.

    Others had tried and failed to deliver services. One-to-one mentoring is not simple. It takes more than youth in need to have a successful program. This group would also need to find the volunteers and financial resources to make the program sustainable, and in Lorain County, that meant doing things a little differently than what worked in other communities. Our agency’s funding model and volunteer base is not typical of other Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliates. We have contract funding from the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services Board and the Mental Health Board that few others have, and our volunteers tend to be older than national averages. Fifteen percent (15%) of our volunteers are over age 55, three times the national rate of 5%.

  • Year established:1994
  • Endowment:Unknown

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Bryant Bitar, Brian Bott, Luis Carrion, Pam Compton, Chris Gaugler, Aikaterini Houston, Cheryl Kirk, Kwaku Obusu-Mensah, Beth Ann Pfeifer, Marisol Richards, Mike Sherrill, Brett Tijanich, Carl Will

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Lise M. Day, President and CEO

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Brenda Warren, Vice President Quality, Giovana Kallas, Program Officer, Marcus Madison, Community Engagement Officer, Dave Henning, Accountant, David Gerrone, Community Based Manager, Shana Bering, School Based Manager


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:34-1809153

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:341809153
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% PETER S SZENDREY
  • Organization Address:1917 N RIDGE RD E STE A
  • Organization City:LORAIN
  • Organization State:OH
  • Organization Zip:44055-3378
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:December, 1995
  • 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):994, 408
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code, Community service organization
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • 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:O31
  • Asset Amount:$154,292
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$394,031
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$386,240
  • Last Updated:2/19/2018 9:31:51 pm

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