10 Littles Receive a Bike and New Helmets Thanks to Revolution Bike and United Way!!

CharEm Bike Giveaway 1CHARLEVOIX, MI (July 2, 2015) – 10 kids in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Char/Em Program are thrilled to be among the 40 recipients to receive a bike and helmet thanks to Revolution Bike in Charlevoix and Char/Em United Way.

Chet Morris, owner of Revolution Bike of Charlevoix has helped make summer more fun for many local children for the 7th year in a row, with his Bikes for Kids Project.  Morris worked with Char-Em United Way to get bikes into the hands of kids who might otherwise not afford them.

In collaboration with the Dept. of Health & Human Services and the Char/Em United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters was invited to take part this year.

“We had some very excited parents and kids beaming today as they received their bikes just in time to enjoy an active summer”, said Christie Ward-Strahan, Char/Em Case Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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Art ShowIt’s that time again — for the Tenth Annual BIG Art Show in Petoskey, Michigan on Saturday, August 15, 2015.  Held in Petoskey's Pennsylvania Park and part of the City's Festival on the Bay, this year promises to be another great success.  We are looking forward to  welcoming even more new Artisans this year, and hope you will join us.


Consider the impact you can make in a child's life by participating in the BIG Art Show this year.  Your participation will have a positive impact on a child in need in the Petoskey area.  100% of the Show's vendor entry fees benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan.

Click Here for the Rules and Regulations, along with the Application Form for this year's show. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.

Don't wait, get your application in NOW!!!  We look forward to your participation this year!

Have a great BIG Day!
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Of Northwestern Michigan
900 E. Front St., Ste. 125
P 231 946 2447 x217

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Shane was in 2nd grade, with a serious delinquency problem, missing as many as four days a week, and basically flunking out of school. That was until he was matched with his Big Brother Ron. One year later, Shane had perfect attendance at school!

Shane and Ron were matched for a little over two years before Shane moved out of town, but their relationship flourished for many years, keeping in touch through emails, phone calls and visits.

Last year, Shane moved back to the area for his senior year of high school and was invited to participate in a foreign exchange program in Argentina because of his excellent grades. After spending a year in Argentina, Shane proudly graduated with honors last spring and is thriving, largely due to the support and guidance of his Big Brother Ron.

Because of donors like you, more children have the opportunity to succeed just like Shane. There are currently 100 children on our waiting list hoping for a mentor. Please help us give each of these kids the opportunity to be mentored so that their future is as bright as Shane’s!

Every dollar makes a BIG difference.

Ron and Shane

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Charlie and Kevin were matched shortly after Kevin’s mom was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer (the reason he was referred to our program).  Kevin was struggling and acting out in many ways, oftentimes internalizing his pain.  Charlie, an honors student and quarterback for the varsity football team, became a consistent champion for Kevin, never missing a chance to meet with him. Even with snow days, exams, ACT testing and trimester schedule changes, Charlie always made time each week for Kevin.

When Charlie and Kevin go outdoors for recess, Charlie faces the challenge of organizing Kevin and his group of 4th graders in a game of football (a point of contention among the kids … who is going to be quarterback and who is on which team).

Recently school staff observed a seamless game of football being played by Charlie, Kevin and a group of 4th graders.  Thanks to Charlie, he got everyone to play without argument, have a good time, and made Kevin feel like the all-star for being his Little Brother. They then began talking to each other and to the school counselor about how they could hire Charlie to work with the students….since he did such an outstanding job with them in his role as a Big Brother!

When I asked Kevin what he has learned about his Big Brother, he tells said, “Charlie is nice and likes to laugh”.

Big Brother Charlie holding Little Brother Kevin

Charlie and Kevin

Kevin’s mom passed away two weeks before this photo was taken! He is doing well with Charlie by his side!

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