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of the year

These Bigs have done a great job of being a consistent, positive role model for their Little, and often support the agency by helping recruit volunteers or raise funds at events.

Big Brother of the year

Bob with Little Brother Anthony

Bob Schrock has been matched in a Community-Based match with Little Brother Anthony since 5/18/15. For the most part, they have maintained weekly outings throughout the years. They enjoy doing CrossFit together, and they both love Purdue football. Bob even set up an opportunity for Anthony to participate in a football camp at Purdue which was a fantastic experience!

Bob has also been a Big Brother to Little Brother Christopher in our Site-Based program since 10/26/17. The two meet once a week at Christopher’s school during lunch and have developed a strong bond throughout the years. We are thankful for Bob’s time and dedication to both Anthony and Christopher.

Big Sister of the year

Jenny with Little Sister Trinity

Big Sister Jenny Neer works in Syracuse and learned about our agency from BBBS of Northeast Indiana when they did a Lunch n’ Learn at her job. She became a Big at an elementary in Syracuse in fall of 2017 to Little Sister Trinity. Prior to meeting her, the Enrollment Specialist shared some information about her new Little Sister. Unfortunately, she had lost her mother in a car accident earlier that year. Jenny had also lost her mother at a young age. During the 2017-2018 school year, they met weekly for lunch but then Jenny was told the match would need to close because the family was moving outside of their service area. She was disappointed and asked where they were moving; it turned out to be Elkhart County! Though Jenny works in Kosciusko County, she lives in Elkhart County so she immediately requested that their match transition to Community-Based. Trinity loves spending time with Jenny and her family!

Jenny is also a Big Sister to Little Sister Rowan through our Site-Based program. After her match with Trinity transitioned to Community-Based, she still wanted to be a Big at the school near her job. She has been matched with Rowan since 10/2/18 and they meet weekly during lunch. We are thankful for Jenny’s time and dedication to both Trinity and Rowan.

Big Family/Couple
of the year

Karen and Rodney Peterson with Little Brother Brayden

Big Couple Karen and Rodney Peterson were matched with Little Brother Brayden on 7/13/17. They enjoy playing board games, baking, watching movies, and playing outdoors together. Karen tries to incorporate educational activities during their outings to make learning more fun! Karen was invited to attend “Special Persons Day” at Brayden’s school. She was so excited to come and have lunch with him and was honored that he chose her as his “special person.” Brayden shared that he loves them so much and looks forward to seeing them. We are thankful for Karen and Rodney’s time and dedication to Brayden.

Making a BIG impact in Little ways


Impacting a youth’s life in a positive way helps boosts their confidence and paint a brighter future for them.