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Exciting News!
BIGS is pleased to announce that the Traverse Area Association of Realtors (TAAR), comprised of over 850 members and 200 affiliate members, has chosen Big Brothers Big Sisters as its Primary Community Partner for the next two years!
TAAR knows a thing or two about building strong communities, and together, TAAR and BIGS will work together to provide mentorship opportunities for children in our community who are in need of guidance, providing a positive influence to keep them on a path to a bright future.
Traverse Area Association of Realtors & Big Brothers Big Sisters....Building Strong Children and even Stronger Communities. 
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steveMeet Bigs' new Case Manager Steve Andrews!

Steve joins us with previous experience working for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger counties, where he was a case manager as well as a Big Brother for two years.

Steve earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Central Michigan University. He is currently overseeing volunteer recruitment and match support for our community and school based matches in Grand Traverse and Antrim Counties. "I have always had a passion for youth development. Helping ensure that at-risk kids in our community have access to the support structure they need to thrive and excel is why I come to work each day."

When Steve isn’t at work he enjoys playing rugby for the local Men’s club team, the Blues and enjoying Michigan’s great outdoors with his wife and son.

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Looking for something AWESOME to do with your Little or your family??

Northwestern Michigan College is offering a fun and unique way to give back to the community while getting an up-close look at some of the most exciting new technology available on campus.

Saturday Nov. 12, NMC students will host an Exploration Day at NMC’s Parsons-Stulen building (formerly M-Tec) from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. to benefit the NMC Food for Thought “Fill the Pantries: Food Drive Challenge.”

Community members of all ages are invited to explore and play with some of the latest equipment from NMC programs including a 3D printer, unmanned aerial vehicles, flight simulators, robots, computer programming, remotely operated submarine and more! This a family friendly event with robot face painting, local baked goods and fun events for people of all ages. There will be information and staff to talk to about NMC’s tech programs. Elk Rapids Public Schools will be showcasing their Lego robotics program. All area tech or robotics teams are welcome to contact us to showcase their work. Please email us before November 9 to secure a spot.

Suggested admission is 10 non-perishable food/hygiene items or $5 per person. Products and funds collected will help fill shelves at 51 area pantries.

The NMC Food for Thought “Fill the Pantries: Food Drive Challenge” is a semester long service learning project that pairs NMC students and the Northwest Michigan Food Coalition. In 2014, with the help of the community, the challenge brought in more than 30,000 items to battle food insecurity. Food and hygiene products will be delivered to the pantries in time for Thanksgiving.

For more information:

Kristy McDonald
NMC Professor
(231) 995-1059

Jake Krystyniak

Student Contact

(517) 518-2721

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Bigs is collecting non-perishable food items as part of the NMC's Food For Thought program now through November 19th!

You can drop your donations in the big red bin right outside our office door - super easy! Our office is located at:

900 E. Front St., Ste. 125 in Traverse City

Food for Thought is an awesome service learning project led NMC's Professional Communications Class!! Students are working to fill fill local food pantries in time for Thanksgiving.

All donations serve our community directly and help to ease the need of our neighbors experiencing food insecurity.


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Kick off your Thanksgiving day with an AWESOME 5K Run/Walk in Petoskey!

Check out the 4th Annual Petoskey Turkey Trot! Hosted by YMCA of Northern Michigan in partnership with Bigs!

Register at - register by November 10th and save $5 on your registration fee!!



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Local charity is important to Next I.T.!

As the I.T. provider for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan and United Way of Northwest Michigan, they are looking to put their money where their heart is.

From now until the end of the year, Next I.T. is donating the fee from the 1st month of IT support for all NEW Northern Michigan clients to Bigs and United Way.

For more details visit


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Big Brothers Big Sisters First Annual Golf Event
Thursday, September 1st
Bigs Golf Invitational: 
  • USGA handicap index of 12.0 or under required
  • Start time 8:00am
Details click here
Bigs Golf Scramble: Only 4 spots left!!
  • Shotgun start at 2:00pm
  • 4 person scramble
Details click here
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Make it a day full of adventure!! You can enjoy strolling through historic Pennsylvania Park finding treasures provided by the talented artisans in our show, peruse the beautiful downtown area and take in the offerings of the Festival on the Bay!

Interested in being a vendor? We still have a few booth openings! To apply, click here.

Check out some of the amazing artists in our show this year!!

My Michigan Roots

Rising Sun Treasures

Coastal Sands Graphics

The Art of Thomas LeGault

Cheryl Green Designs

Besteman Creations

Mi'Scents by Michele

Cheryl Stevens Studio

The New Ewe

Tree Trunk Arts

Coppertime Sprinkers

Jasper Shore Jewelers

Harwood Gold

Designs by Wallington

Pam's Pantry 

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Sport Clips Haircuts, located in the South Crossings Plaza at 2508 Crossing Circle in Traverse City, presented a $1,000.00 donation to Cecilia Chesney, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan.   As part of their grand opening celebration, Sport Clips asked their clients to donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters and offered free MVP Haircut Experiences, their signature service, to donors.

Rick and Nancy Ohle, the Team Leaders (owners) of the Traverse City Sports Clips store, are committed to giving back to the community, especially those organizations and initiatives that support the youth of the community and our military veterans.   According to the Ohle’s, “we are very proud of our Sports Clips Team and their commitment to helping Big Brothers Big Sisters as we opened our new store and introduced Sport Clips to the Traverse City community.  They provide a wonderful service to the youth in Northwestern Michigan and we were proud to partner with them.”

“Not only did the team at Sport Clips provide free haircuts and request donations from the public, they also provided our Bigs and Littles with free haircuts”, said Executive Director, Cecilia Chesney.  “We are very thankful and excited to welcome this new business in to Traverse City, it’s not often a new business moves to town and jumps in like this to help out”, she said.

Sport Clips, the nation’s largest franchise dedicated to men’s and boys’ hair care, is located   in Traverse City near Home Depot.

Sport Clips offers:

  • Haircut services, including the “MVP Experience” that features a precision haircut, massaging shampoo, hot steamed towel treatment, and neck and shoulder massage
  • Stylists who specialize in hair care for men and boys and stay up-to-date on trends
  • Large, flat-screen televisions playing sports programming at each haircut station and in the lobby
  • Special lighting and massaging chairs in the shampoo area
  • Haircut services without an appointment – walk-ins are welcome

Sport Clips in Traverse City provides free “MVP upgrades,” including a massaging shampoo, hot steamed towel treatment, and neck and shoulder massage, to all first-time clients who purchase a haircut service.  Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 9:00-8:00 PM, Saturdays 9:00-6:00 PM and Sundays 10:00-5:00 PM.    For more information, visit or call the store at 231-642-5330.

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