What's Happening
What's Happening
A place to stay informed about upcoming activities, events, and our general press releases.

Nominate a Big or Little of the Year

Each year we have the opportunity to select an Adult Big Brother & Big Sister of the Year (which includes Big Couples & Big Families), a High School Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year and a Little Brother and Little Sister of the Year. We have so many amazing Bigs (mentors) and Littles (mentees) and would love your help in nominating those that you feel are deserving.

We accept nominations year round but ask that they are submitted by November 1st to be selected for the next year. Nominations are reviewed and selected in November/December and announced in January. The winners will receive their awards at our Big Celebration (which typically takes place in March).

To nominate an Adult Big Brother, Big Sister, Big Couple or Big Family:
https://docs.google.com/a/bbbscentralmn.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScZamIoOLd_VeLqVP4Gc6JBm3eF-CsTOJkAep0v4aNtGDC-SQ/viewform

To nominate a High School Big Brother or Big Sister:
https://docs.google.com/a/bbbscentralmn.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScjthTIIatQ_jXE708K-Suj_WGrJG-qT5E6pc58j2ch1bgWvw/viewform

To nominate a Little Brother or Little Sister:
https://docs.google.com/a/bbbscentralmn.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfI9hx27hF94JHgvuyAD1Fjd5eay8KAErPYVs_LdNxaoA9IqA/viewform

Youth Volunteer Opportunities Available at St. Cloud VA

The St. Cloud VA Health Care System is currently seeking young people to participate in their Summer Youth Volunteer Program.

This fulfilling experience is open to anyone 13 years of age and older by June 1, 2017, and who can commit to a recurring schedule this summer. The program enables students to serve Veterans while building new skills, gaining valuable work experience, making new friends and creating a lasting contribution to the community. Volunteering is a great way to gain valuable experience for college and future careers; scholarship potential exists for some volunteers who qualify.

Many different assignments are available in areas including but not limited to: escort service, pharmacy, recreation therapy, adult day health care, Veterans Canteen Service, music therapy, and entertainment and companion services.

To obtain an application package or to ask questions, please contact St. Cloud VA HCS Voluntary Service at 320-255-6365 or email vhastcvavsstaff@va.gov

Applications are due by May 15th

Home Stretch Workshop

Gain the confidence you need to buy a home of your own! Put on by the Central MN Housing Partnership.

Workshops in St. Cloud:
April 6th 8:00am-5:00pm
May 4th 8:00am-5:00pm
June 8th 8:00am-5:00pm

To Register, contact Lee Engnell at 320-258-0681 or lengnell@cmhp.net More information at http://www.cmhp.net

Discover & Decide

Saturday, April 29th 10:00am-1:00pm
Alexandria Technical & Community College (1601 Jefferson St, Alexandria, MN 56308)

Discuss options with a career counselor, visit with instructors and students, meet with financial aid representatives, explore classrooms, shops, and labs, visit with admissions representatives, and get all your PSEO (Post Secondary Enrollment Options) questions answered.

Campus tours will be offered at 10:15am & 11:45am.

Come to learn more about their programs in design, health & education, law enforcement, manufacturing, business, and transportation.

This event is FREE.

For more information visit: http://www.alextech.edu/Discover

The Big Give

Saturday, April 29th 8:00am-1:00pm
Grace United Methodist Church (2615 Clearwater Rd, St. Cloud, MN 56301)

Their wish is to share things that are needed by area individuals and families at no cost. All items are new or gently-used - including clothing, household items and supplies, furniture, etc.

Delivery for larger items is available - speak with a volunteer at the event.

Everyone loves a garage sale, especially when there are no price tags!
Food and beverages will also be available.
Questions? Call Angie at 320-492-1189.

Color Vibe 5k

Get ready St. Cloud for the most colorful fun-filled day of your life! You'll have more color on you than your happy levels can handle! So get your friends and family stretched out for this amazing color blast event where you'll get blasted with color while you run the Color Vibe 5K. Color Vibe is here, and you're about to get tagged!

Spots are filling up fast so sign-up today as we have a limited number available. You'll be blasted at every color station throughout this awesome 5K run. So grab your girlfriends, your bro's, your friends, and your family cause we're bringing a color fun experience to your life that you never knew existed! Join us for the Color Vibe 5K run and get ready to be tagged with color!

This years run benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota.  More information and registration is available at: http://www.thecolorvibe.com/stcloud.php

Informational Session

Join us for a informational session to learn what being a Big is all about Wednesday April 26 from 6-7:30pm.

The first step to becoming a BIG is to attend one of our informational sessions where you will learn what is expected from you during the match and get a better idea of the commitment required and whether or not this is the right fit for you.

Informational sessions are held at the Big Brothers Big Sisters office (203 Cooper Ave N, Saint Cloud). The first 30 minutes will be an introduction to our mentoring program and the last hour will be a more in depth look at the children we serve and training. Both the info session and training are requirements to become a mentor.

Feel free to invite anyone who is interested in our program or would like to become a "Big".

Sign up for this or another informational session by clicking here.

Informational Session

Join us for a informational session to learn what being a Big is all about Saturday April 22 from 9-10:30am.

The first step to becoming a BIG is to attend one of our informational sessions where you will learn what is expected from you during the match and get a better idea of the commitment required and whether or not this is the right fit for you.

Informational sessions are held at the Big Brothers Big Sisters office (203 Cooper Ave N, Saint Cloud). The first 30 minutes will be an introduction to our mentoring program and the last hour will be a more in depth look at the children we serve and training. Both the info session and training are requirements to become a mentor.

Feel free to invite anyone who is interested in our program or would like to become a "Big".

Sign up for this or another informational session by clicking here.

Local Mentor Receives Statewide Recognition

ST. CLOUD, MN (March 31, 2017) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota annually recognizes distinguished volunteers for their outstanding role as a mentor. Police Sergeant, Kelly Simondet, was selected to receive this honor for his role as a “Big Brother” in the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program.

Police Sergeant Kelly Simondet became involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters through Bigs in Blue, a mentoring initiative that pairs local officers with youth.​ ​With a vision of working together, St. Cloud Police Chief Anderson, Sergeant Tad Hoeschen, and Big Brothers Big Sisters led the development of this innovative program.​ ​In 2013,​ ​Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota formed an official​ ​mentoring partnership with the St. Cloud Police Department.​ ​Sergeant Simondet was the first officer to volunteer for the program and has been a dedicated, supportive mentor ever since. 

Sergeant Simondet has been matched with his Little Brother, Nick, for 4 years. His companionship and guidance have been incredibly beneficial to his Little Brother. His Little Brother, Nick, has grown his confidence and improved his social skills since being matched with his Big Brother.

Big Brother Kelly has introduced his Little Brother to many new activities, including taking Nick on his first-ever camping trip, which has since turned into an annual tradition.

In addition to being a dedicated police sergeant and a devoted Big Brother, Kelly has become a valued advocate for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Always willing to share his mentoring story, Kelly has helped Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota grow its Bigs in Blue initiative and aided in recruiting additional police officers to participate.

In 2015, Kelly was awarded the Respect for Law award by the St. Cloud Optimists Club for his advocacy and support of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and his service as a Big Brother in the program.

Local mentor candidates represent Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota in a statewide competition. In addition to receiving the local title, Sergeant Kelly Simondet was selected as the Minnesota State Community-Based Big Brother of the Year.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota currently has over 100 children waiting for a mentor and is currently enrolling both adult and High School mentors. To learn more about how you can make a difference in the life of a child, please call (320) 253-1616 or visit www.bbbscentralmn.org.

Mentor from Foley Receives Statewide Recognition

ST. CLOUD, MN (March 31, 2017) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota annually recognizes distinguished volunteers for their outstanding role as a mentor. Foley High School student, Preston Kopel, was selected to receive this honor for his role as a “Big Brother” in the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program.

Preston has been matched with his Little Brother, Noah, for over 2 years. Preston has been a consistent, intentional, and dedicated mentor to his Little Brother. Since being matched with his Big Brother Preston, Little Brother Noah has more confidence, his interest in school has grown, and his social skills have improved.

In addition to his role as an exemplary mentor to his Little Brother, Preston is also an enthusiastic advocate for Big Brothers Big Sisters. He helps to recruit and encourage other students at his high school to participate in the program. He has also helped lead fundraisers for the mentoring agency. Preston is the Vice President of Foley High School’s National Honor Society. Each year, the Foley Honor Society plans an event called Breakfast with Santa, which donates its proceeds ($1,000) to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota. Preston has played a vital role in ensuring this event’s success.

Preston also serves as the first and only high school student on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota’s Program Advisory Committee. He has also participated in the agency’s scholarship selection committee as well as volunteered at the Magic Moments Gala, Big Brothers Big Sisters’ largest annual fundraiser.

Local mentor candidates represent Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota in a statewide competition. In addition to receiving the local title, Preston was selected as the Minnesota State High School Big Brother of the Year.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota currently has over 100 children waiting for a mentor and is currently enrolling both adult and High School mentors. To learn more about how you can make a difference in the life of a child, please call (320) 253-1616 or visit www.bbbscentralmn.org.