A Message of Gratitude From Our CEO

“Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
—William Arthur Ward

As we approach this season of Thanksgiving, we have so much to be thankful for at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas.

We have reached an exciting moment in our history with our move to our new facility – the Bennett-Rathgeber Mentoring Center. It’s a moment that has been 45 years in the making. A moment that connects our past, our present and our future. A moment made possible by the work, efforts and involvement of all who have come before us… all who have contributed to making BBBS what it is today.

This is a moment for gratitude.

As I reflect on this unique moment in time, I am grateful to all who have been part of our rich history, who have been part of our work and who have shared in our journey.

I am also grateful for our agency’s 45 years of impactful service in the community, and for the opportunity to continue this work as we move forward.

I am grateful for the creation of this new mentoring center, a place that has been a hope, a need, a dream and a passion for many people, in many ways, over many years.

I am thankful for, and excited about, the new ways this facility will impact our daily work and our work in the community. We are already seeing some of these impacts now:

  • For the first time in our history, our staff and belongings are all under one roof
  • At our October BIG Fall Carnival, our first event in this new location, our new space allowed us to invite all of our matches, volunteers, friends, associates, children and families on our waiting list, alumni, neighbors and others into ‘our house’ – something that has never before been possible.

As I look to the future, I am grateful that we now have the resources in place that will allow us to dream bigger and to think more aspirationally about the impact we can have as we go forward.

Finally, in this season of gathering with those we care about, what I am most grateful for is you. I am grateful for the opportunity to celebrate this moment with you, grateful for your role in our lives and our work, and grateful for the privilege of continuing this mission together as we work to improve the lives of children and families in Central Texas.

Warm wishes,

Brent Fields
CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas


Giving Thanks

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference
in our lives.” – John F. Kennedy

One of our families recently shared the following with us:

“Brandon has been my son’s Big for over three years and has become a part of the family. During the recent floods, Brandon picked my son up from a flood shelter when neither I, nor his school, could get him home. Brandon kept my son safe until the water receded and I could come get him.

The next day, Brandon brought us candles and phone chargers because our power was still out and our phones had gone dead. This was a huge help because family was trying to call and check on us, and our only source of news was our phones. I am so very thankful for Brandon, and everything BBBS has done for my child and countless other children. I know my son will make a great Big one day.”

Big Brandon Barber and Connor Hill_2950 smAs this Thanksgiving season begins, I’d like to stop and thank each of you for the difference you’re making in lives all across our community. BBBS is approaching 45 years of service in the Central Texas area, now reaching nearly 1,000 mentoring matches as we work to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. It all happens because of the support of friends like you.

We are so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of your life and the lives of the children we serve. In the next several weeks we will be sharing more inspiring stories with you as we focus on giving that makes a lifetime of difference. Please watch for them in your inbox and on our blog, and share them with your friends and family.

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In closing, enjoy this time of Thanksgiving.

Warmest wishes,

Brent Fields
Chief Executive Officer