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Employers in the Ozarks Accept the BIG Impact Challenge

November 3, 2015 - Springfield, MO


Some of the largest and most influential employers in the Ozarks—Jack Henry & Associates, Mercy Hospital, City Utilities, and Ollis/Akers/Arney—are teaming up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks (BBBSO) to accept the BIG Impact Challenge.

As part of the challenge, business leaders will encourage employees to become a mentor for a child that’s facing adversity in the Ozarks. Businesses will also host onsite orientations and interviews for potential volunteers. BBBSO’s goal is to recruit 50 new volunteers for their Lunch Buddies program (a 30 minute visit once a week at a Springfield elementary school) by the end of the year. The first orientation is scheduled for tonight at Ollis/Akers/Arney at 4:00 PM. Members of the press are invited and encouraged to attend.

Prime Inc. and DoubleTree Hotel have hosted onsite orientations and interviews already, and O’Reilly Automotive is hosting onsite orientations and interviews this month.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks is still looking for community leaders and businesses to accept the challenge. For more information, please contact Rob Blevins at (417) 889-9136 or at



BBBSO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and United Way partner agency that believes that every child can succeed and even thrive in life. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters supports life changing friendships between professionally screened adult volunteers (Bigs) and children (Littles).

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a system of ongoing evaluation and support, which independent studies prove
helps Littles perform better in school, avoid risky behaviors, and grow up to be productive, engaged citizens.
Learn how you can positively impact a child’s life, donate, or volunteer today at


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