Mentoring Organizations Along The Route
Contacts and Donation Pages
Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County
4305 University Ave., Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92105
Phone: (858) 536-4900 Fax: (858) 536-8255
http://sdbigs.org/ Donate link also off this site.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona
4745 N. 7th Street Suite 210
Phoenix, AZ 85014
Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters (YBBBS)
Quad Cities: 3208 Lakeside Village
Prescott, AZ 86301
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff
102 W. Hunt Avenue
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
http://flagstaffbigs.org/ Donate link also off this site.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado
72 Suttle Street, Suite I
Durango, CO 81303
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado
1391 N Speer Blvd, Ste 450
Denver, CO 80204
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Finney & Kearny Counties
1312 N 7th St.
Garden City, KS 67846
http://www.gardencity.net/bbbs/ Link for volunteers
Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters (Pratt, Butler)
619 N. Main
PO Box 416
Pratt, Kansas 67124
Phone: (620) 933-2265
http://kansasbigs.org Donate link off this site.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas, Sedgwick County
310 E 2nd Street
Wichita, Kansas 67202
http://kansasbigs.org Donate link off this site.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri
28 Portwest Court
St. Charles, MO 63303
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 two 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.
The George M. Pullman Foundation
55 W Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603 Phone: (312) 422-0444
http://www.pullmanfoundation.org/ Donate link off this site.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Illinois Capital Region
928 S Spring St.
Springfield, IL 62704
http://www.bbbscapitalregion.org Donate link off this site.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois
310 W William St # A
Decatur, IL 62522
http://bbbscil.org/ Donate link off this site.
Since I currently live in Indianapolis, 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. 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.
The Starfish Initiative
6958 Hillsdale Ct.
Indianapolis, IN 46250
http://www.starfishinitiative.org/ Donate link off this site.
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.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana
2960 N Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
College Mentors for Kids
212 W 10th St b260
Indianapolis, IN 46202
http://www.collegementors.org/ Donate link off this site.
Mentoring Center of Central Ohio A program of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio
1855 E. Dublin Granville Rd.
Columbus, OH 43229
http://www.mentoringcenterco.org/ Donate link off this site.
The Mentor Network
REM West Virginia State Office
748 McMechen Street
Benwood, WV 26031
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel Region
65 West Main Street
Uniontown PA 15401
http://www.bbbslr.org/ Donate link off this site.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Pennsylvania
123 S. Broad Street, Suite 1050
Philadelphia, PA 19109
http://www.bbbssepa.org Donate link off this site.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake
3600 Clipper Mill Road Suite 250
Baltimore, MD 21211-1948
http://www.biglittle.org Donate link off this site.