Big Brothers Big Sisters Named Tallahassee’s 2014 Chamber Awards Non-Profit of the Year and Finalist for National Agency of the Year
The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce announced the winners for its 2014 Chamber Awards during a ceremony held in front of almost 400 attendees on June 3. Six different category winners were announced, including the Non-Profit of the Year award to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend.
CEO Louis Garcia accepted the awarded with a stage full of board members and employees. “We could not do it without the investment of our mentors,” Garcia said. “They invest their lifestyle and they provide 1-to-1 time with a kid who all they want is for someone to show up and listen to them, be their friend and inspire them to do great things.” Garcia dedicated the award to all of the agency’s volunteer mentors.
“I am extremely delighted that Big Brothers Big Sisters is recognized by our business partners and the entire community for our long-lasting impact with youth,” adds Garcia, “for 43 years Big Brothers Big Sisters has been changing children’s lives in Tallahassee for the better, forever.” The Big Bend agency serves eight counties in Florida, providing mentoring support to over 800 youth and mentors each year.
“As the voice of local business in Tallahassee, the Chamber Awards are our opportunity to recognize the best businesses and organizations for their success and commitment to our community,” said Sue Dick, President/CEO of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County.
The local award is not the only recognition for the agency’s quality performance. Recently, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America National Leadership Council identified Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend as a 2013 Gold Standard Award winner. This award is granted to the network’s top performers among 340 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies nationwide. Top performers meet the following criteria for service last year: growth in end active matches, excellent community and school-based mentoring retention rates, 90% or higher on-going match support completion, and 5% or higher revenue growth.
On June 17, at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America National Leadership Summit Awards Gala, winners of the 2014 National Agency of the Year will be announced in Chicago. The Big Bend agency is one of thirteen finalists nationwide identified as Gold Standard Performers eligible for the award.