March 17, 2020 (updated March 19)
As you know we are in unprecedented times right now in here in Newfoundland & Labrador and across the globe. Big Brothers Big Sisters takes the health and well being of clients, volunteers, staff and stakeholders serious. As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact our lives, we are making some adjustments to ensure the safety of all involved. We will follow directives from federal, provincial and local governments. https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/ We will take direction from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada following all standards and protocols. We are closely monitoring the situation and this could change at anytime.
WORK REMOTE IN PLACE
Our office at 430 Topsail Road located in the Village Shopping Centre will be closed to visitors until further notice. Our staff will be working remotely and available during business hours by phone or email. You can find staff contact information on our website:
All programs will be put on hold until further notice. This includes the Community-Based Program (Bigs and Littles) as well as our site-based programs (In-School Mentoring, Go Girls, Game On and FUSE). Staff will be in contact with all volunteers and families to assess needs. Our volunteer Bigs are encouraged to continue to maintain contact with their Littles through telephone, text message, email and the use of face time/skype to provide support. There should be no in-person meetings during this time.
We will continue to provide our regular support to all families and stay in line with all BBBS of Canada standards. Staff may be working remotely but can be reached by calling 709-368-5437 or through their email https://newfoundland.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/contact-us/. We are also available through social media @BBBSEasternNL.
PROGRAM ENROLMENT AND TRAINING
We continue to accept inquiries for young people and volunteers and encourage you to inquire through our website. If you are currently going through the enrolment process for any program, please connect with the staff person who enrolled you for more information.
Fundraising events are vital to our organization and are the fuel that allow us to support young people and their families. Given the current situation, we have decided to delay our largest annual fundraiser ‘Bowl for Kids Sake’. Our rescheduled date is being carefully considered and we will update you as soon as a decision is made. We encourage our registered teams to continue to fundraise and use our online platform https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/big-brothers-and-sisters-of-eastern-newfoundland/p2p/bfks2020/.
We welcome new teams, sponsors and donors as we continue to plan for this event in the coming months.
BBBS is committed to supporting our matches throughout this unprecedented time. Our staff are available via phone call, email or video conference. We encourage you to reach out when needed and we commit to ongoing communication and updates. Know that together, we’ll support each other and the young people who need us most.
Please feel free to reach out if you have further questions or concerns.
Kelly Leach, Executive Director