WELCOME TO BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS

WILL & GRUNDY COUNTIES

We nurture children and strengthen communities. And we couldn’t do any of it without you.

Founded in 1970 our Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter has helped thousands of children in Will, Grundy, Kane  Kankakee, Kendall as well as 6 other counties.  BBBS operates under the belief that inherent in every child is incredible potential.

BBBS is the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network – we makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through young adulthood in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

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MISSION

Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

VISION

All youth achieve their full potential.

TODAY

Today we offer a site-based mentoring program in cordination with Joliet Township High Schools in addition to the original community-based mentoring program.

There is a BBBS Agency located in all 50 states.
BBBS is is more than 100 years old. 
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Our Team

We have a team of passionate, committed, creative people.

Ted Brodeur
Ted BrodeurChief Executive Officer
Ted became CEO of the BBBS in August 2019, after serving for over 30 years at the Joliet Park District. His enthusiasm and vision have already left a mark and we look forward to great things in the future
Beata Jedynasty
Beata JedynastyMentor2.0 Program Coordinator
Beata is our mentor2.0 program coordinator and had been with Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2015. She recruits, matches and facilitates the matches for 3 years and is partnered with Joliet Township High School.
Stephanie Hook
Stephanie HookCommunity Based Case Manager
Stephanie Hook is a Community Based Case Manager. Stephanie has been a Big Sister in the community for 8.5 years and knows first hand the difference our program makes.
Samantha Godfrey
Samantha GodfreyCommunity Based Program Manager
Samantha Godfrey is our Community Based Program Manager and has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters for 4 years. Sam obtained her MSW from Aurora University. Her favorite part of her job is seeing the Bigs and Littles interact during the events she plans and watching their relationships grow!!!
Janine Jones
Janine Jones Match Support Specialist
Janine Jones is the Match Support Specialist at Big Brothers Big Sisters. She has worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2015. Her degree is in Elementary Education and also works as a 5th Grade Teacher. She loves to see the matches grow and develop and loves to guide and support them throughout their match.
Chris Vimarco
Chris VimarcoFinance Director
Chris is our much-appreciated Finance Director and has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2017. With her degree from Illinois State University, Chris has been involved in the accounting industry for over 30 years. She enjoys watching the BBBS team make a difference in our kids lives.
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Our Board

We are blessed and grateful to have the following committed and caring board members without whom we would not be successful

Neil Narine – President

Alex Boryszewski – Vice President

Katie Napier – Finance Chair

Dino Kollintzas – Governance Chair

Sandy Churchwell- Fund Development

Shelbey Hammond

Drake Kelly

Mike Thiel

Pat Schumacher

Brian Legan

Ed Kerfin

Don “Duck” Dickinson

Joseph Egizio

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