Don't forget to check the Big events page to find out about upcoming match activities and free tickets to events and games!
Stay Connected With BBBS Through NING!
Ning is a social networking site where people who are committed to the same cause can share information and post messages. All Bigs are invited to join. It's a chance to share your match stories, find out what other matches enjoy doing and find informative and educational tips and information. If you would like to join Ning, contact Amanda to receive the link to sign up.
Big Activity Updates
Each month BBBS will email updates about upcoming activities for you and your Little. The e-update will remain on the website for a month before it is replaced with a new edition.
We Need Your Pictures!
Please send in any pictures of you and your Little that we can use in our newsletters, on the website or in any of our promotional materials. We want to use real pictures of our actual matches. Also, we are in need of great stories, so if you have a story that goes with your picture, or just a great story about your match in general please submit that as well. Mail or email pictures to Amanda Eichholz.
Corporate and High School Mentoring
Corporate Mentoring will end the week of May 18th. Contact Erica Seaton with any questions about school schedules or problems/issues with your Little. Watch for information for a summer social in the Bigs e update.
Click here to access the Springfield Public Schools District 186 website to find school calendars for the school where you mentor and school contact information. Click on District Calendar and then choose the school from the drop down box. You can view District information, such as school closings and early dismissals, and school events like picture day and book fairs for you
Tax Information For Bigs
Bigs can deduct on Schedule A of their 1040 (if you itemize) out-of-pocket expenses incurred on behalf of your Little. Expenses include things such as admission costs and meals; however, you cannot dedut the portion of costs related to yourself. So keep you receipts from you activities together! (Rev.Ru. 70-519, 1970-2 CB 62, IRC Sec(s). 170)
As a Big you can claim a deduction for any mileage utilized in charitable activities, which is any activity you do for the agency or with your Little. Corporate Bigs, you can claim the mileage driving to and from your Little's school. The rate for 2008 is $.14 a mile. For more information, go to www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-05-78.pdf