March 8th, 2024


  • Womens History Month
  • Bowl For Kids' Sake
  • Waiting Little

  • Arizona Charitable Tax Credit
  • Board Member Spotlight
  • Rodeo Parade Thank You!

“Regardless of our titles or years of experience, we can learn from each other. Through mentoring and by being open to learn where we can reach our ultimate potential.” –Lily Benjamin

Strong women. May we know them. May we raise them. This Womens History Month, we recognize the little moments that make a BIG impact, and the women who make it all possible. It takes a village to empower the next generation of community changemakers. Join the mentorship movement and Be Big TODAY!

Become a Mentor Today!

Celebrate Womens History Month by taking a virtual visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s Girlhood gallery or read one or all 20 Inspiring International Women's Day Books for Kids that you and your family can read together!

Click Here for the Tour
Click Here for the List of Books

Meet a Waiting Little!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona is in urgent need for caring individuals like YOU to make a difference in the lives of children just like this little girl. 

She is one of nearly 100 kids who are eagerly waiting for a mentor. Eagerly waiting for YOU!

Every child deserves a chance to see their potential realized. Volunteer to be BIG today! 

End Her Wait!

🎳Bowl For Kids' Sake!🎳

🚀✨ Get ready to unleash your inner superhero at Bowl For Kids' Sake! We're thrilled to announce that this year's event is taking you straight into the exciting realm of ComicCon. Join us for 2 days filled with fun as we raise funds to support the life-changing work of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Whether you come with your company, friends, or family, Bowl For Kids' Sake guarantees a memorable experience that makes a difference. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity, register today and let's make a positive impact together! 🎳🎉

Register Here!

Tucson Rodeo Parade!

BBBS SOAZ had a fantastic experience being on our float at the Rodeo Parade, waving to the cheering crowd and showcasing our BBBS pride, resulting in us winning the "Best Family Group" award.

We are immensely thankful for the continuous support of Chandler Warden and the Bert W. Martin Foundation's investment, supporting our participation in the parade for over a decade!

Board Member Spotlight

“I have a great love and feeling of gratitude for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona because my son's Big really had a wonderful impact on him. It’s about the community, the mission, and the feeling of fellowship with the members of the Board and the wonderful staff.”

-Cassandra Meynard, 2024 BBBSSA Immediate Past Board Chair

Cassandra Meynard is the immediate past Chair and current member of the Executive Committee for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona’s Board of Directors.  She is a partner at Udall Law Firm, LLP and has served on the Board of Directors since 2017 however Cassandra’s connection to Bigs goes back further to when her son was matched as Little in the program.

Cassandra grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and lived overseas for 13 years before settling in Tucson in 2002. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Mary Washington and continued her education in Tucson with a Master of Fine Arts and Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona.

Although Cassandra was familiar with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a parent of a former little, it was not till 2017 that her exposure was expanded. A colleague and friend re-introduced her to the agency by inviting her to join his Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraising team. This led her to meet CEO Marie Logan, sparking Cassandra's interest in deeper involvement. As a result, she promptly applied to join the board of directors. Cassandra has since remained a dedicated Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraising team captain for the past five years, raising over $3,000 in 2023 through individual donors and Udall Law sponsorship!

“I was attracted to serve on the board because of the CEO Marie Logan, the mission of the organization and wanting to give back to an organization that had helped my family.”

Cassandra’s desire to serve her community comes from a personal moment in her life that was transformative. “When I was in high school, I had one teacher who told me that I was better in English than I realized. That small comment of mentorship meant more to me than she ever knew. The impact of one-on-one mentorship cannot be overstated. If we want our community to thrive, there is no better investment to make than to help kids find guidance and support they may be lacking in their own lives.”

Cassandra is a proud mother of adult twins, a son, and a daughter. Cassandra’s son still maintains a very close friendship with his Big Brother. Both children moved to Europe after college, attending graduate school there. With her daughter in London and son living in Spain, Cassandra loves to travel to Europe a few times a year to visit. Cassandra especially loves Greece and secretly wishes to live there, part time one day. She also enjoys watching movies, reading, University of Arizona Basketball, yoga, and hiking

“I love the people and mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona. Kids and Mentoring - two of my passions!”

- Paola Tomassini, 2024 BBBSSA Board Member

Paola Tomassini is the Secretary of the Board and a current member of the Executive Committee for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona’s Board of Directors. She is a Private Client Advisor with Bank of America Private Bank and has served on the Board of Directors since 2020.

At age 24, Paola began her career in the Financial Services industry as a part-time teller and spanned nearly 4 decades. Paola credits her success to several key mentors in her professional circle that empowered her move into roles that advanced her career. Paola has securities and insurance licenses.

Paola was first introduced to Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2013. She met the CEO, Marie Logan, when she delivered a grant check awarded from Bank of America. Paola recalls, “we stayed connected through the years and although I always knew I wanted to be a part of the organization I was supporting a few other nonprofits, and my time was limited. In 2020 Marie asked me if I would be interested in joining the board and the timing was right!!”

“I would say that if you want to be a part of team that effects change and who do exactly what they say they’re going to do…and then some…this is the place to be. If you want to know that your time and money is going directly to help kids and families right here in our community, you’re in the right place.”

Paola takes the team approach to heart as a passionate fundraising bowler in Bowl For Kids' Sake. Over the past three years, Paola has led her own bowl team as captain in addition to recruiting her adult children and husband to lead their own teams. The competition to raise the most money is all in good fun and in 2023, Paola’s teams raised close to $12,000 in support of one-to-one youth mentoring!

Paola is happily married with two sons, one daughter, and nine grandchildren. She loves to cook and entertain and considers anything outdoors to be her happy place. Paola says she works so that she can travel and looks forward to someday doing that full-time.

You can still donate before April 15th, 2024 that can be applied to your 2023 tax obligation.

Donate up to $421 if you file single or up to $841 if you file jointly on your Arizona tax return.

EVERY DOLLAR HELPS ignite potential in youth through one-to-one mentoring with a caring adult.


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