Big Brothers Big Sisters getting close to goal

first_img Previous articleSummer revivalNext articleRetiring instructor plans to advocate for CTE admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Big Brothers Big Sisters logo Facebook ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Pinterest Facebook Fruit Salad to Die ForTexas Fried ChickenSlap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasserolePowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay OC employee of the year always learning Previous CoverageBig Brothers Big Sisters WebsiteEfforts to bring Big Brothers Big Sisters back to Odessa are coming close to reality.Kay Crites, executive director of the nonprofit in Midland, said $20,000 more is needed to make it happen. The initial goal was $93,800.“We’ve come a long way, but we need it by July 15 so that we can be up and running by the fall semester with the school district,” Crites said.She added that this will give the agency time to line up volunteers and conduct background checks so when the schools are ready, Big Brothers Big Sisters will be ready, as well.Crites said she would like to have 15 to 20 volunteers to start. Volunteers have to undergo a vetting process that includes background checks and several other steps that generally take four to six weeks. They also have to undergo some training.Mentoring Specialist Susan Miller will run the Odessa office, which Crites said will be located in the nonprofit area of Connection Christian Church’s new building. Crites said mentoring specialists handle everything to do with Big Brothers Big Sisters.That includes talking to parents, enrolling children, talking to volunteers, organizing what’s needed for training, background checks and interviews and finding the best matches for each child and volunteer. The program also checks with everyone involved to make sure the match is successful and safety protocols are being followed, Crites said.This edition of Big Brothers Big Sisters will be set in the schools. Crites said it will be based at one of the elementary schools to start with.“Then we’ll expand as quickly as we can. We’re going to start small and let it grow. We will work with ECISD to identify which school would be the best,” Crites said.Those who wish to donate can call Crites at the Big Brothers Big Sisters office, (432) 687-0195, or they may donate online through the website, and go to the donate page, then “in honor of,” and put Odessa in the comment tab. That will take donors to PayPal and they can check out. Donations may also be mailed to the Midland office, 714 W. Louisiana, Midland, TX 79701. Donors should write Odessa in the memo line if they want their contribution to go there.Crites said her agency receives calls every month from parents in Odessa who want to enroll their child in the program.“We have to raise this money before the national office will give us permission to enroll children from Odessa,” Crites said.Dawn Weaks, co-pastor of Connection Christian Church, is on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters.“I’m very hopeful that we can get it back in Odessa. It’s desperately needed. We’ve got a lot of kids out here growing up without a lot of sense of community support, so we need to get some care around them and Big Brothers Big Sisters is a great way to do that,” Weaks said.She added that it’s not that parents aren’t trying hard, but with the economy the way it is, they’re “just working to keep a roof over their head” and there isn’t a lot of time to talk to their children about how things are going.Weaks said the new church building, at 4241 Tanglewood Lane, should be complete in late summer or early fall. Weaks said she was a big sister in college and the experience was eye-opening. She saw the economic challenges the girl faced and realized she could have an impact just by being present for another person.“It was meaningful to me, so when someone in my church who was on the board, Todd Richardson, told me about this project here I already had a heart for it,” Weaks said.Crites said a three-year business plan and three-year budget has to be submitted before the Odessa office can be approved. As soon as the funds are in place and approval obtained from the national office, they can start signing up volunteers.“It has been goal of national office and us to serve Odessa. We’re excited that we’re this close to making it happen,” Crites said. Twittercenter_img 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School WhatsApp Twitter Home Local News Big Brothers Big Sisters getting close to goal By admin – June 4, 2018 Pinterest Local News Big Brothers Big Sisters getting close to goal WhatsApplast_img read more

Twiddle Gears Up For The Next Level With Plays at The Capitol Theatre And Tumble Down Festival

first_imgVermont quartet Twiddle has been creating music for a little over a decade now, but it wasn’t until roughly three years ago that the buzz about the group became something palpable. All of a sudden, wherever you went, somebody was dropping their name and you began to ask yourself “Who the hell is Twiddle?” And then you catch one of their many festival appearance sets, or at some club in your hometown, the entire place is singing and hanging on to every lyric to a song like “When It Rains It Pours” in sheer bliss, and you now have found the answer to that question.Now the band is preparing for their first headlining performance at legendary venue The Capitol Theatre on May 7th, with incredible New York-based instrumental rock fusion act TAUK (get tix HERE). This is a show that will not only tout a packed house, but is a clear example of two acts that are on the path to be the next big things in the jam scene for years to come. If you have been to The Cap, then you already know why you need to be there. And if you haven’t been there, then you best get on it.Check out Twiddle perform “The Great Gatsby” from their sold-out album release party for PLUMP at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club:Moving forward from The Cap show, Twiddle will be hosting their own festival in Burlington, VT July 29th and 30th. Tumble Down is a two-day event at Waterfront Park in downtown Burlington, and will feature two nights of headlining sets from the band, as well as additional bands to be announced in coming weeks, along with late-night sets, and a myriad of recreational activities, including a Charity Disc Golf Tournament that will support Twiddle’s charity, The White Light Foundation.Twiddle’s sound fuses several genres, but relies heavily on a funky reggae sound that has seriously catchy hooks and lyrics. If you could describe Twiddle music and their live performance in two words: Positive Fun. The band has unabashedly and unapologetically laid it all out on the table for the masses, and they are getting back what they have given. With their latest album, PLUMP, the band once again delivered “plush musical arrangements drawing from many different influences and positive messages and themes.” Long story short, 2016 is the biggest year yet for Twiddle, and the future is only getting brighter.Twiddle Captures The Healing Power Of Music On ‘PLUMP’Purchase tickets for The Capitol Theatre show w/ TAUK at this LINK.Tumble Down tickets are currently on-sale, check out the WEBSITE.Tune in to Twiddle’s Facebook page at 7 PM tomorrow for a Live Q & A!last_img read more

Decision on holding Olympics must wait until spring 2021: organizer

first_imgAn executive board member of the Tokyo Games organizing committee said Friday a decision on whether to go ahead with the postponed Summer Olympics and Paralympics should be made no earlier than next spring.Toshiaki Endo, one of the vice presidents of the organizing committee, said it was important to monitor the coronavirus situation and assess its potential impact on the games.”Selecting athletes by around next March will be a major challenge. The organizing committee will need to make some kind of a decision considering the situation at that time,” Endo, a lawmaker and former Olympic minister, said at a meeting of his Liberal Democratic Party. Endo, however, said he has confirmed with the IOC that no deadline had been set on making a decision.Last month, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said in an interview with BBC Sport that he accepts that the virus-hit Tokyo Games will have to be canceled if they cannot be held next year.Japan is considering simplifying the format of the Summer Games, including reducing the number of spectators and scaling back the opening and closing ceremonies, government sources said Thursday. The move demonstrates Tokyo is willing to be flexible to ensure the games have the best chance as possible to go ahead.The Tokyo Olympics are now slated to be held from July 23 to Aug. 8 next year, with the Paralympic Games following between Aug. 24 and Sept. 5.The Tokyo Games organizing committee said it is scheduled to make a virtual presentation about its preparations to the IOC executive board next week.Topics : His comments were the first in public by an executive member of the organizing committee about when a decision regarding the fate of the games might be made.The Olympics and Paralympics, which were originally scheduled for this summer, were postponed in March after athletes and National Olympic Committees voiced fears over the virus and a number of qualifying events had to be canceled.”There are still many estimates and it is unclear what the new coronavirus situation will be next summer. It is still too early to discuss whether to hold (the games) or not,” he said.John Coates, who heads the IOC’s coordination commission, has indicated that October will be a critical period for assessing whether the Japanese capital will be able to welcome the world, according to Australian media.last_img read more

Death toll in India building collapse jumps to 35

first_imgAn official with Thane city authorities, which oversees Bhiwandi, said the dead included eight children.The cause of the incident was not immediately clear, but building collapses are common during India’s June-September monsoon season, with old and rickety structures buckling under days of non-stop rain.Heavy overnight downpours in the Mumbai region forced railway authorities to reschedule or cancel trains in the city Wednesday due to waterlogging on tracks.Mumbai city authorities also declared Wednesday a holiday, advising residents to stay indoors after the rain caused flooding and disrupted traffic in some areas of the financial capital. Topics : The death toll from an apartment block collapse in western India jumped to 35 Wednesday, officials said, as hopes of finding anyone else alive dimmed.Emergency workers from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have so far pulled 20 survivors from the rubble of the three-story building in Bhiwandi, near Mumbai.An NDRF spokesman and local authorities told reporters that recovery teams, aided by sniffer dogs, retrieved 35 bodies buried under brick and concrete after the block came crashing down before dawn on Monday.last_img read more