Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast Announces its 2021-2022 Sarasota Community Board
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast is proud to announce its 2021-2022 Sarasota community board members to the organization. A local nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring potential in the youth across the Sun Coast, elected Carrie Collins, vice president of Aladdin Equipment Company as its chair to the Sarasota community board. Collins joined the board in 2016.
Other members of the community board are Diana Bauer, Kimberlie Buchanan, Coy Carter Jr., Melissa DeAngelo, Kristina Eastmond, David Kramer, Scooter Maloney, Anna Passalaqua, Victoria Phillips, Lina Raumanauskas and Larry Siegel.
For 53 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast has been matching youth in meaningful, enduring, professionally supported mentoring relationships with adult volunteers who defend their potential and help them achieve their biggest possible futures.
Big Brothers Big Sisters’ evidence-based approach is designed to create positive youth outcomes, including educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence, and improved relationships. This past year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast has served over 1,500 youth across a 10 county footprint.
From the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast Website:
Starting Something Since 1968
50 Years of History
Since 1968, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been helping change kids’ perspectives and giving them the opportunity to reach their potential.
And we have thousands of volunteers, donors, and advocates just like you to thank.
Big Brothers of Venice was formally chartered on November 18, 1968.
The organization was reorganized and renamed, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Sarasota County. During this period, children in communities such as Englewood, North Port, Nokomis, Laurel, Osprey and Venice were serviced.
The name was officially changed to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast. Accompanying this change was an expanded service area that added West Charlotte County and established satellite offices in North Port and Englewood.
The Board of Directors completed an agreement to merge Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sarasota with the Sun Coast organization. This expanded the service area to include the rest of Sarasota County.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast began serving children in Desoto County with our Bigs in School program at Desoto High School.
Manatee County Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate merged with the Sun Coast organization.
Florida Ridge Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate comprised of Highlands and Hardee Counties completed the expansion of the service area.
Additional expansion of service delivery occurred in the areas of Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Hendry and Glades Counties as they became available for service and were acquired from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) for purposes of restarting service delivery to the communities.
Port Charlotte office opens in the Port Charlotte Town Center mall and the Lee County office opens in Ft. Myers.
Collier County office opens in Naples, Florida
Launched Beyond School Walls (BSW) Program in Lee/Hendry County
Launched Beyond School Walls (BSW) Program in Sarasota County
Photo attached: Carrie Collins., Sarasota community board chair photo from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast