Mentoring Organizations

Contacts and Donation Pages of Organizations Along the Route 2019

Washington

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound

We create meaningful 1-1 relationships between adult volunteer mentors and kids ages 6 through 18. We serve youth in King and Pierce counties through mentoring programs in communities, schools, and workplaces.

1600 South Graham St, Seattle WA 98108

Phone: 206.763.9060

https://www.bbbsps.org Donate: https://www.bbbsps.org/donate/

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington

Big Brothers Big Sisters operates under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. We are committed to helping children access their own resourcefulness and their own resiliency in order to realize their fullest potential. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington serves children and families within Thurston, Mason, Pacific, Lewis, and Grays Harbor Counties. We have matches at 22 sites in 12 cities throughout the region.

2424 Heritage Ct SW Suite 302, Olympia, WA 98502

Phone: (360) 943-0409

https://www.swwabigs.org/ Donate: https://www.swwabigs.org/donate/

Oregon

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Columbia Northwest

1827 NE 44th Avenue, Suite #100, Portland, OR 97213

Phone: 503-249-4859

https://itsbigtime.org/ Donate: https://itsbigtime.org/donate/

California

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Coast

428 C St, Eureka, CA 95501

Phone: (707) 445-4871

http://http://ncbbbs.org/ Donate: https://secure.volunteermatrix.com/ncbbbs.org/contribute/donateonline.php

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mendocino County

498 N McPherson St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437

Phone: (707) 964-1228

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area

65 Battery Street, Second Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415-503-4050

https://www.bbbsba.org/ Donate: https://www.bbbsba.org/donate/

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County

1500 41st Ave #250, Capitola CA 95010

Phone: (831) 464-8691

https://www.santacruzmentor.org/   Donate: https://www.santacruzmentor.org/contribute/

Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County

142 Cross Street, Suite 140, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Phone: (805) 781-3226

https://www.slobigs.org/ Donate: https://slobigs.ejoinme.org/MyPages/DonationPage/tabid/536780/Default.aspx

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Barbara County

105 N Lincoln St, Santa Maria, CA 93458

Phone: (805) 925-1100

https://fsacares.org/big-brothers-big-sisters/ Donate: https://fsacares.org/supportus/

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County

555 Airport Way suite d, Camarillo, CA 93012

Phone: (805) 484-2282

https://bbsvc.org/ Donate: https://bbsvc.org/donate/

Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles

6505 Wilshire Blvd #600, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Phone: (323) 761-8675

https://www.jbbbsla.org/ Donate: https://www.jbbbsla.org/donate/

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles

3150 N. San Fernando Road, SUite C, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Phone: 213.213.2400

https://bbbsla.org/ Donate: https://bbbsla.org/donate

Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County

4305 University Ave., Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92105

Phone: (858) 536-4900

http://sdbigs.org/ Donate: https://www.classy.org/give/217489/#!/donation/checkout

Illinois

The George M. Pullman Foundation

The George M. Pullman Educational Foundation supports the dreams and aspirations of outstanding graduating high school students with merit-based, need-based scholarships and continuing educational support as they pursue their bachelor’s degree at the college or university of their choice.

I am not going through Chicago, but I was a Pullman scholar from 1974-1978 while at the University of Illinois. I was grateful to have been given some financial assistance from the foundation. I have donated nearly every year since graduation to the foundation’s scholarship fund. The last few years, it has been my privilege to interview some of the candidates for the scholarship award. After speaking with them, I am humbled to think that I was a Pullman scholar. Today’s candidates strike me as holding much more maturity, academic credentials, engagement in their community, and drive than I can remember ever possessing. After speaking with them, I walk away with new hope for the future of our nation and humanity.

55 W Monroe St., Ste. 3460, Chicago, IL 60603 Phone: (312) 422-0444

http://www.pullmanfoundation.org/   

Donate: https://www.pullmanfoundation.org/support/#donate

Indiana

Since I lived in the Indianapolis area for 35 years, I am most familiar with the organizations in Central Indiana. As in other states, you can find an umbrella organization like the Indiana Mentoring Partnership [www.abetterhour.org] that can help find or start a mentoring organization in your community. Here are few others that deserve your support.

The Starfish Initiative

I did a blog about what makes great teachers [http://thelonerider.bike/tips-from-great-teachers-and-mentors-3/]   and also included The Starfish Story ( or Star Thrower). The point of the story is you might not be able to change the world, but you can still make a big impact in one life.  That’s the theme behind the Starfish Initiative. They pair mentors with students as they start high school and stay with them until they graduate. All the Starfish scholars are students with academic potential , but not economic means. The mentoring program has dramatically improved the rates at which students finish high school, and also their success in completing college. I was a Starfish mentor for four years.

6958 Hillsdale Ct., Indianapolis, IN 46250

Phone:(317) 955-7912

http://www.starfishinitiative.org/  Donate: http://www.starfishinitiative.org/index.php/about-us/donate

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana

You’ve seen me call out Big Brothers and Big Sisters across the country. They are a great program and a great influence in Indiana.

2960 N Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Phone:(317) 921-2201

http://www.bebigforkids.org/   Donate:http://www.bebigforkids.org/site/lookup.asp?c=6fIMIZMzFlJ0H&b=6547369

College Mentors for Kids

212 W 10th St B260, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Phone:(317) 921-1798

http://www.collegementors.org/  Donate: https://collegementors.org/donate/