Big Brothers Big Sisters finding community support

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington announced it has received support from several local companies and fundraising events, as the organization works to find more stable financial footing.

A decrease in funding has led to recent cutbacks at the nonprofit. To remain a viable resource, the organization’s directors say they are actively pursuing options for mergers and other fundraising opportunities.

RBC Foundation gave the nonprofit a $4,000 grant, and Chazzzam Signs & Graphics, together with Empty Roll Productions, raised more than $2,000 through a recent pingpong tournament and community event.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to be supported by both RBC Wealth Management and Chazzzam Signs & Graphics,” said Colleen Haggerty, the nonprofit’s executive director, in a press release. “It is our hope that others will be challenged by their generosity and step up in to help us continue to provide children in our community, who are facing adversity, with one-to-one mentoring relationships opening opportunities for brighter futures.”

In addition to the above donations, the recent “Mentoring Matters” Pledge for Kids event that was held at Boundary Bay Brewery in early July brought in nearly $9,000.

These funds will help keep Big Brothers Big Sisters operating and supporting mentoring relationships this summer.

The organizations will hold its ninth annual Golf Classic at Shuksan Golf Course on Friday, Aug. 16.  To register, visit

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