Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast (BBBSSC) has been awarded a $10,000 grant, for General Operating Support, from the Community Foundation of Collier County’s Community Impact Grant pool.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast Program staff need laptops with cameras to perform program-required services that must be undertaken virtually--interviewing volunteers, youth, and families; matchmaking; and ongoing contact with matches. Also, to maintain security, program staff need Agency-issued cell phones connected to their office numbers for Big Brothers Big Sisters-related calls.
To meet program requirements during the pandemic, BBBSSC has identified the need to hire an Information Technology (IT) Support Specialist and a Human Resources (HR) Specialist on a contractual basis. BBBSSC has not previously been engaged in a work-from-home staff situation, and thus, it does not have the IT or HR infrastructure to engage in this manner. The IT Specialist will support staff in navigating software programs and technical issues, as well as to develop virtual opportunities and provide webinars to staff. The HR Specialist is needed to determine staff's remote working needs and provide recommendations and mechanisms for staff development while working remotely.
Not only will this investment help sustain our Agency by providing funding for current operating expenses, but the Community Foundation of Collier County's funding will help BBBS to position itself to thrive post Covid-19. By continuing to meet the needs of our staff, volunteers, littles and their families.
“We are grateful for the thoughtful support of the Community Foundation of Collier County during these challenging times. We are working tirelessly to provide social, emotional and educational support. Your financial support is a tremendous lift for our Bigs, Littles, families and staff,” said Joy Mahler, President /CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast.