Author: Lindsey Phillips

Big Brothers Big Sisters earns award

Big Brothers Big Sisters Nationwide Leadership Council recognized Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muscatine County with a 2016 Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Quality Award. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muscatine County is in its 20th year of serving the community’s children. “I am so proud of our board and staff for making quality programming a priority for our local children,” said Lindsey Phillips, Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muscatine County. “Their hard work equates to more mentorship in Muscatine and a brighter future for area youth.” In the past year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of...

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Bowl for Kids Sake 2017

Saturday, March 25 was the annual fundraiser, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muscatine. Over 300 people gathered at the Rose Bowl in support. Along with corporate supporters, the event raised over $65,000. Bowling took place on Saturday but fundraising kicked off on February 1. Individuals from the community gathered teams of friends, family, and co-workers and rallied up donations. Each individual is encouraged to set their own fundraising goal while sharing the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Funds raised will support local matches as well as start new matches this year. The event...

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Making a Big impact for 20 years

Twenty years ago on March 20, 1997, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muscatine County was granted formal affiliation with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as a program of the Muscatine Community YMCA. Since that date, the organization has served well over 1,000 youth with the number growing by over 200 each year. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muscatine is a one –to-one mentoring program utilizing national standards to provide safe and quality relationships between youth and adults in our community. We have a vision to help all children achieve success.Community support is the key component of Big Brothers...

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Health promotion services director celebrates 41 years

Forty-one years ago, Mel Steckel, just out of college, accepted a position at the Muscatine YWCA as a youth director. Mel didn’t know it then, but this was the beginning of a lifelong commitment to the Y family and the community of Muscatine. Mel originally planned to be a physical education teacher like her mom. However, as she puts it, she would rather teach the class they want to be at instead of the one they have to be at. In 1987, the YWCA caught fire, and Mel was there to see the rebuilding and the later move to...

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