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Vic Verola Appointed to Board Chair- Big Brothers Big Sisters of LI

Long Island, NY (June 2020) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) has announced the appointment of Vic Verola as its Board Chair on their Board of Directors.

“I am extremely proud and honored to be chosen as Board Chair for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island. Our mission and our outcomes are second to none.” Mr. Verola continued “Mentoring truly empowers children to see their future and more importantly believe it can be attained. I look forward to doing my part in ensuring more deserving children are matched with a caring mentor. “

Vic Verola has been an active and engaged member of the Board of Directors since 2017. Vic is a 25-plus year veteran of the Information Technology industry. Vic graduated from Hofstra University with a major in management and a minor in economics. Throughout his career Vic has worked in various sales leadership positions in the information technology arena. In 2017, Vic was named President of Vicom Computer Services, Inc., one of the largest regional solution providers in the area with over 100 million in revenue. Vic continues to lead the transformation of Vicom into one of the most progressive solution providers in the nation. Vic lives on Long Island with his wife Lupita and three children Danielle, Vic Jr. and Tony. His interests include photography, hockey and technology.

“We’re excited to have Vic Verola taking over the position of Board Chair. His passion, excitement, dedication and goal towards increasing funds and awareness will be a tremendous asset furthering our agency’s mission, during these difficult times” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island CEO, Mark Cox. “We believe his leadership will be invaluable to us, especially as we continue working hard to serve more children across Long Island.”

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island
Incorporated in 1977, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and shine. BBBSLI makes meaningful, professionally supported matches between adult volunteers (‘Bigs’) and children (‘Littles’). Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, please visit us at www.bbbsli.org.

BBBSLI Celebrates Pride Month

Freedom – LGBT Concept

Pride Month History

Pride Month is an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) history, and the history of gay rights and related civil rights movements. It is celebrated in June to commemorate the Stonewall uprisings on June of 1969.

The Stonewall Inn in Manhattan, NY was the side of riots and demonstrations by members of the gay community against a police raid. This sparked the beginning of a movement to change discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ Americans.

Physical distancing may limit in-person celebrations, but we as an organization want to recognize and celebrate Pride Month through social media.

#BigPride #BiggerTogether #PrideMonth

 

Sid Jacobson JCC Collects Over 28,000 Pounds of Clothing for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island

Sid Jacobson JCC Collects Over 28,000 Pounds of Clothing for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island
The JCC’s donation is the largest BBBSLI has received in its 20 years

East Hills, NY, June XX, 2020 – On Sunday, May 31, Sid Jacobson JCC’s Center for Community Engagement partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) to hold a food and clothing drive benefitting the JCC’s Community Needs Bank and BBBSLI. In less than three hours, more than 400 cars came through the JCC donating 28,000 pounds of clothes and 900 pounds of food, making it the single largest donation BBBSLI has ever received in its 20 years as an organization.

“We are verklempt! Thanks to the generosity of our community and our staff volunteers, we filled four trucks with clothing donations in a matter of 2.5 hours,” exclaimed Susan Berman, Director of the Center for Community Engagement, Sid Jacobson JCC. “We cannot say thank you enough for all of the support we are receiving each Sunday during Curb Your Mitzvah to help our neighbors in need. What we are accomplishing is truly unbelievable.”

Sid Jacobson JCC’s Community Needs Bank, a partner of Island Harvest Food Bank, serves the needs of the food insecure in Nassau County. The Bank serves as a collection site and distribution center of non-perishable shelf-stable food, personal care, and household items for small local food pantries in Nassau County. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Bank re-envisioned its model of service to directly serve the individuals and families faced with food insecurity across Long Island and Queens. To date, the Bank has donated thousands of pounds of food, household items, and personal protective equipment to the most vulnerable right in our backyard.

“BBBSLI is honored and humbled to be able to partner with an organization like SJJCC on this clothing drive,” says Mark Cox, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of LI. “The turnout from their community speaks volumes on how important it is to give back to others during tragic times like these, we can’t thank you enough for choosing BBBSLI as your charity partner for this collection.”

BBBSLI is stepping up to keep kids connected and supported during this time of social distancing, school closings, and stress related to coronavirus crisis. As part of their commitment to support mentees during this difficult time, BBBSLI has shifted gears and put strong efforts into providing food and basic necessities to the Littles and their families. Their “We Need You Now More Than Ever” campaign, will offer 290 families who are facing food insecurities with assistance.

The next clothing drive will take place Sunday, July 12, 10am-12pm at the SJJCC Annex located at 200 Forest Drive, Suite 11. For more information and a schedule of upcoming donation drives in the month of June, visit sjjcc.org/curbyourmitzvah

To learn more about organizations your donation can benefit or to make a donation today, visit sjjcc.org/essentialworkers.

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About Sid Jacobson JCC
Sid Jacobson JCC (sjjcc.org) in East Hills provides a full range of cutting-edge recreational, health, fitness, educational, cultural arts and social service programs. SJJCC promotes Jewish identity and provides a comprehensive program based on Jewish values, traditions, heritage, and culture, and is committed to enriching the lives of all individuals and families in its community. SJJCC embraces all individuals and families, and values diversity. See community differently, “Like” the JCC on Facebook (facebook.com/sidjacobsonjcc).

Sid Jacobson JCC is a beneficiary agency of the UJA Federation of New York.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities. And we couldn’t do any of it without you.

For more information, contact:
Trisha Watro
516.484.1545 ext. 130
Twatro@sjjcc.org

 

For full press release: SJJCC May 31 Food + Clothing Drive

VIRTUAL Volunteer & Donor Appreciation Video

Congratulations to this year’s scholarship recipients! 

View Virtual Volunteer & Donor Appreciation Video Here

OUR FAMILIES NEED US NOW, MORE THAN EVER

In adherence with recommended guidelines and the most recent update by Governor Cuomo the New York shutdown will be extended to May 15th. BBBSLI has and will continue to work remotely to help support our Littles and their families during this time of need. Our team is dedicated to serve as a hub for hundreds of families—providing resources for those who may be affected by the loss of income, food insecurity, lack of healthcare, and anxiety due to the uncertainties related to COVID-19.

On behalf of BBBSLI, we want to thank every single one of you that have stepped up and made invaluable contributions through our NOW, MORE THAN EVER campaign, where 100% of funds raised will directly support our families during these uncertain times. Because of YOUR SUPPORT we have surpassed our original goal and will be starting the first round of deliveries to our families next week and we will continue to provide this support as needed.

We are so fortunate to have surpassed our original goal of raising $10,000 but there is still time to help us reach our new goal of $20,000, which would allow us to continue providing the funding to support over 250 families with gift cards to use towards food and essential items.

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3 REASONS WHY MENTORING YOUTH IS SO IMPACTFUL

Through small donations of volunteers’ time, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island has been making a difference in the lives of local youth since 1977. The Community and Site-based mentorship programs help children from all walks of life with everything, from educational achievements to social development.

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