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2023 National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month and Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Wisconsin is celebrating in so many ways. We are using this month as an opportunity to thank those who support us and also hoping to inspire more adults to give the gift of a positive meaningful friendship to a young person. Check out all we have going on!

Refer a Friend Contest

Bigs! Refer a friend or family member to become a Big and be entered into a prize drawing! If you’re not a current Big but you get someone to apply, you too can win! Your referral must complete an application and the phone orientation, then you (the referrer) are entered to win the prize drawing. You have two chances to win. We have two Restaurant of your Choice prizes valued at $100 each up for grabs! We will get your info from your referral during our phone orientation.

The contest ends on January 31, 2023 and all phone orientations must be completed by Friday, February 17, 2023 as the prize drawing will be held on Monday, February 20, 2023.

Details at-a-glance:

  1. Your friend/family member applies at: APPLICATION

  2. They complete the phone orientation (Jill will contact them to schedule).

  3. They give your name, email, and phone number when asked, “How did you hear about us and what got you to apply?”

  4. Contest ends January 31, 2023

  5. Deadline for completed phone orientation is February 17, 2023.

  6. Prize drawing takes place February, 20, 2023.

  7. Winners contacted – may select one gift card of $100 or two gift cards at $50 each.

  8. Questions: Contact Jill Grambow at 920-383-4904 or

Zoom Info Sessions: Learn More about Becoming a Big

Register for a 20-minute Zoom Info Session and learn the basics about becoming a Big. Here is what most people ask us first:

  1. What is the time commitment, really?

  2. Do the kids want a mentor? Where do they come from?

  3. Why should I do this?

  4. What would I do with a kid that they think is fun?

  5. And any other questions you have….

There are 9 sessions in January. Register here so we can send you the Zoom Link: REGISTER

Bring a Friend Party

Hey Bigs! We want you to come and enjoy a happy hour with us AND bring someone with you that you think needs a nudge to become a mentor. Not a Big, but thinking about becoming a Big – okay you can come too! It’s a social event with food, drinks, conversation, a game and a prize, and some great info about mentoring. Come to one! Come to both! Please register so we can carefully plan our food budget: REGISTER HERE.

Party #1

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Greene’s Pour House, 134 W Wisconsin Ave, Neenah

The upstairs room


Party #2

Thursday, January 19, 2023

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Greene’s Pour House at the Granary, 44 W 6th Ave, Oshkosh

A reserved area in the main bar

Wisconsin Herd Game: WE ARE the nonprofit of the night

Friday, January 27, 2023

Tip-off: 7:00pm

Buy tickets at this link and proceeds come back to us: BUY TICKETS.

Our BIG thank you

Hey Bigs! Enjoy coffee and goodies all over town throughout January. You will need to show the special image that is in your Bigs Newsletter in your email inbox on January 1. If you didn’t receive your email, contact Jill Grambow at

Monday, 1/2 – Friday, 1/6

Half off any beverage for Bigs, Copper Rock on W. College and Copper Rock on Ballard, both in Appleton

Monday, 1/9 – Friday, 1/13

FREE baked oatmeal or sausage egg bake entrée with a coffee purchase for Bigs from Shellattés at 330 N Commercial St in Neenah

Monday, 1/16 – Friday, 1/20

FREE cookie with a beverage purchase for Bigs from New Moon Café at 401 N Main in Oshkosh

Tuesday, 1/24 – Friday, 1/27

FREE Design your own Cupcake with a coffee purchase for Bigs from The Sweet Lair at 204 Main St in Menasha

A Gratitude Award

We are honoring Menasha Joint School District for their support of mentoring. There are seven community based Bigs who are employed or retired from the school district. We are so appreciative that, after working with kids all day, they still feel compelled to make a meaningful friendship with a young person. The school district also houses two High School Bigs programs, one at Maplewood Middle and the other at Butte des Morts. Menasha High School students volunteer as Bigs for each of these programs. We are so thankful to the staff who help us coordinate and recruit students to be a part of the programs.


Menasha Joint School District creates a culture where they are committed to igniting potential in young people and that doesn’t end at 3:00 pm. We appreciate their dedication to our mission.


Join us at the Menasha School Board Meeting for the award presentation:

Monday, January 23, 2023

MJSD Administration Building, 100 Main St, Menasha

Main Floor


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