May 2021 EDITION
Community-Based Big of the Month
Congratulations to our May Community-Based Big of the Month, Sadie Scott!

What drew you to become a Big Sister?
"In all honesty, mentoring wasn't necessarily something I had on my radar until joining Big Brothers Big Sisters as a staff member. I've always loved working with kids, I was actually originally an elementary education major when I first started college, but it wasn't until I saw the kid's faces light up when they saw their Bigs for the time and seeing them continue to connect and grow together over time that drew me into wanting to be involved with the organization in a more in-depth way."

What was it like when you met for the first time?
"I remember walking down the stairs once she and her mom got to the office, and then that really awesome moment that made me want to be a Big happened to me -- I saw her smile for the first time when she saw me and was instantly at ease. To this day, it baffles me how much she reminds me of myself when I was her age and how similar we are; we even had the same shade of red hair when we met!"

What was your first anniversary like?
"During the middle of the pandemic, Shay and her family ended up having to move to Virginia. Our one-year match anniversary was something I had been looking forward to ever since our original match date, and even though we live in different cities, I knew I wanted to do my best to make it special for both of us. I reached out to Shay's mom asking if she would be okay with me surprising Shay in Virginia, and thankfully, she was on board! I love that we were able to keep it a secret because seeing her face when she walked out of the door and realized that I was there was one of the sweetest moments of my life, and I hope it meant a lot to her as well. Just being able to see her in person and not through a screen was so special! I look forward to hopefully spending many more years celebrating our match anniversary together."

From Big:
"Shay and her mom Nikki are two of the kindest, sweetest, and most loving people I've ever met. While Shay is only 13, she's so mature and well-spoken for her age, and Nikki has made me feel like I was a part of the family from the first day I met both of them. They have both impacted me in more ways than I can count, and I am so grateful to know and love each of them."

Thank you for being a wonderful mentor, Sadie!
Do YOU want to make a Big Difference? Become a Big Today! For more information on how to become a Big, click the link below.
We need your help! Our 2021 graduates deserve to be celebrated. Sponsor a senior today! Gift Baskets will be presented to Littles at a drive-through Graduation celebration on May 22nd, 2021. $100 will cover the cost of a graduate's gift basket, but any amount helps us reach our goal of supporting all 36 graduates
Visit your neighborhood store with a Custom Lids, select. Select your favorite style of hat, you. You can even pick one that has your favorite sports team on it, and they’ll add the Big Brothers Big Sisters logo, too! And $7 of every purchase will help defend the potential of youth across the country. Encourage friends to do the same and take a picture and share on social! Be sure to include the hashtag #BiggerTogether #BBBSCC in your posts. Custom embroidery is available for purchase from now through September 30, 2021.
 “You need to learn how to walk the world, he told me. There’s a lot out there.” -Junot Diaz

Imani Green is one of BBBSCC’s Behind School Walls Senior Program Coordinators and is our Spotlight Employee of the Month. She creates mentoring relationships between middle schoolers and employees of partner companies. Before joining BBBSCC, Imani worked with Americorp, where she developed a mentoring program that paired college students with impoverished high schoolers. When asked what she enjoys most about her work, Imani said, "Making matches and seeing growth, not only with the kids but also with the volunteers. When there's a struggle that the Little shares with their Big and the Big helps them work through it- the pride that Big has is wonderful to see."

When Imani isn’t working to create long-term, meaningful matches, you can find her scaling down the side of the Hyatt hotel in Charlotte. Ok, it was just one time, but it’s what she describes as her most memorable moment at BBBSCC, or in her words, "it was terrifying."

In addition to Imani’s favorite quote at the top, Imani grew up with her mom telling her, “Give what you can and take what you need. But don’t give more than you can or take more than you need.” We can all see why Imani lists her mom as her personal mentor. That, and she tolerated Imani dragging around a life-sized Husky stuffed animal with her everywhere as a kid. Thanks for being such a valuable asset to BBBSCC, Imani!

Please join us in congratulating Imani Green as our BBBSCC Staff Spotlight of the Month! 

Everyone, meet KC Scott. KC is a Match Support Specialist in Cabarrus and is our Spotlight Employee of the Month. KC's favorite quote is, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." KC believes that kids are like sponges that soak up everything around them, so we should model good manners and behaviors because we affect someone even if we do not notice.

KC's favorite thing about being a Match Support Specialist is connecting with the community and help shape and improve a child's life. Before her work in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, KC was an executive director for the Boys and Girls Club and the Rowan County Literacy Council.

Certain toys became very important to KC while growing up. One that she can remember is a horse stuffed animal named Bell that she took everywhere. Belle was named after Belle from Beauty and the Beast. To this day, it is something that she holds close to her heart. We are happy to have you a part of the BBBSCC Team, KC!

Please join us in congratulating KC Scott as our BBBSCC Staff Spotlight of the Month! 

Thank You Atrium Health for hosting a Mobile Medicine Unit Tour for our Beyond School Walls 6th graders. Our students were really engaged and curious as they got to learn more about planes and the unit. 
Big Brother Tyler and Little Brother Brian share a love of anime and sports. After getting to know each other at the match meeting, Brian told Tyler, “You are everything I asked for in a Big,” and Tyler responded, “you too man, you too!
Despite the weather, we all had a great day at the William Byron Charity Golf Tournament played at the Peninsula Club in Cornelius. Thank you to William Byron, our sponsors, the participants, and the volunteers. William presented Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO, Donna Dunlap with a check for $242,000.
William Byron, Host & NASCAR Cup Series driver and Donna Dunlap, CEO, BBBSCC
William Byron Racing
Hendrick Motorsports
Sonic Automotives
Alsco Uniforms
The Harris Land Company
NAPA Auto Parts
Dennis Lambert Racing
HScott Motorsports
JR Motorsports
Kyle Bush Motorsports
Berkeley Capital Advisors
Byron Financial
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Chase Auto
Childress Klein
Dickens, Al
Ebree Reed
Erik Jones Racing
HUB International
John Hudson
McFarland Construction
McKenney's, Inc.
National Gypsum
Precision Walls
Rodgers Builders, Inc.
Rodney Gaddy
Showalter Construction
Southeastern Architectural Systems (SEAS)
Spectrum Interiors
Triaxiom Security
CDK Global
Publix Charities
Affine, Inc
Lake Norman Marina
Buchanan Technologies
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
AMB Technical Solutions
Best Impressions Caterers
Concrete Supply
Go City Wide
Imperial Supplies
Liberty University
Red Rock
Table & Twine
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