WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa is asking for the community's help. After evaluating all aspects of the non-profit over the past months, their executive director says they need financial donations to continue to move forward in serving their purpose in the community: provide professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships.
Yolanda Williams became the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa less than a year ago, in March 2019.
Williams, and BBBS Board member, David Harris (UNI Athletic Director) talk about the current situation on The Steele Report Sunday.
“In order to effectively serve the youth of our community with one-to-one mentoring, we have realized that agency transformation must be a priority focus. The past 11 months have been dedicated to evaluating all aspects of administration, operations, programming, internal and external climate and culture, revenues and expenses to ensure that we can fulfill that purpose," said Williams.
Due to the financial restraints they're facing, Williams said other tough decisions have been made.
They've closed their offices in New Hampton, Waverly and Charles City, and will maintain just the main office in Waterloo on University Avenue to continue to serve all service-area matches. Also, temporarily, the organization is not taking more requests for matches. They'll be closing down the 'Be a Big, Get a Big' portion of the website soon. The focus right now has to be on sustaining the chapter non-profit organization financially.
“We need financial help from the community, especially as we are diligently working toward diversifying our revenue streams," said Williams. "Relying solely on grant funds is not sustainable and can hinder how our program operates, which will have a direct effect on the youth and families in our program, now and in the future.”
Williams and BBBSNEIA Board of Directors Vice President, David Harris, will appear on The Steele Report March 8 to further discuss with Ron Steele the needs and goals of the organization.
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“This work is bigger than just our agency, this is about uplifting and igniting the potential of our young people who in fact, will be the work force and contributing citizens of the very near future.” - Yolanda Williams, BBBSNEIA Exec. Director