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We just rolled out a new and improved Match Partners website! This site highlights the awesome discounts that our local business partners are offering to our matches, as well as other ways to get involved. Check out all of the great activity ideas for your Match here! Here are two of our awesome Match Partners!
Rainbow of St. Cloud - Bigs and Littles can come and play for free for two hours on the swing sets in the showroom.
Stearns History Museum - Bigs and Littles receive free admission.
Lockbox Donation Drive - May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Minnesota is holding a Lockbox Donation Drive. Prescription medications, sharp objects, and firearms can pose serious risks during a mental health crisis, so NAMI Minnesota offers free lock boxes to social workers, case managers, and families. Lock boxes can be purchased off the NAMI Minnesota Amazon wishlist to help the nonprofit give families tools to enhance their safety.
Rock the Riverside - Rock the Riverside is back in 2024! Every Thursday from June 6 through Sept. 5, head to The Clearing on the Mississippi River in Sauk Rapids for live music from local bands. The opening act starts at 5:30 p.m. and the main act starts at 7 p.m. The music is free, and there will be food trucks there each week with various food items for purchase. Check out the full list of entertainment here.
Bri's Lodge Garage Sale - Bri's Lodge Annual Garage Sale is coming June 26-29 at the St. Cloud Eagle's Club. All funds raised are used to support families grieving the loss of loved ones. The sale runs 8 a.m.-5 p.m. June 26-28 and 8 a.m.-noon on June 29. New and gently used donations are needed for the sale, and can be scheduled for pick up or drop off now through June 25. To schedule a donation drop off call 320-217-2029, and click here for more information about the garage sale.
COP House Soccer Camp - Soccer players ages 6-14 are invited to join the COP House Soccer Club and the St. Cloud State men's soccer team for a free camp! From 1-4 p.m. June 4-7, players are invited to this free camp to learn more about the game of soccer. No experience is necessary. The camp is free, but registration is required and spots are filling fast. Click here to register or for more information.
Waite Park Family Fun Fest - Head to Waite Park from June 10-14 for a week of fun activities! Starting Monday, June 10, there are activities every day for the whole family. Wednesday, June 12, is Kid's Day and features a picnic, a Touch the Truck Event, inflatables, a building project, train tours, and more. There is music in the park on June 13 and 14. Click here for a full schedule of events.
Rock the Park - St. Cloud's Granite City Days are coming up June 27-30 with a variety of events each day. On Saturday, June 29, Chalk the Block in downtown St. Cloud from noon-2 p.m., and on Sunday, June 30, head to Lake George for Rock the Park. There will be a bike rodeo, fishing, petting zoo, inflatables, yard games, touch a truck, and more - all for free! The event runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Check out the full schedule here.
Little Georgetown - Summertime By George is back in 2024, and so is Little Georgetown! Each week, head to Lake George in St. Cloud for free music and food trucks - and fun activities for the kids! SBG is every Wednesday from June 19 through Aug. 14, with a break in the action on July 3. BBBS will once again sponsor a Little Georgetown activity- stay tuned for timing and more details! Check out the full schedule here.
Parent to Parent Connect - Starting in April 2024, The Arc Minnesota will be offering a virtual, monthly Parent to Parent Connect group. This group is an inclusive and safe space that offers the opportunity for parents/guardians of children of any age with disabilities to connect, support one another, and learn more about state resources. The group will meet from 6-8 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month starting in April. The meetings will be on Zoom. The meeting ID is 871 9958 7556 and the passcode is 714225. Contact Anne Redetzke for more info or accommodation needs.
Kids Ride Free - From June 1 through Aug. 31, the Metro Bus U-Go Free Summer Youth Program is back. During that time, Metro Bus offers free, unlimited Fixed Route rides to youth ages 17 and younger with a student ID or Metro Bus U-Go Free ID Card. Sign up for an ID card and learn more here.
Story Strolls - Join the St. Cloud Park & Rec and the Great River Regional Library and enjoy children's stories in your local parks! Story Strolls will happen Monday, June 17 at Munsinger/Clemens Gardens; Monday, July 15 at Schmidt Park; and Monday, Aug. 19 at Northway Park. The first story on June 17 is Planting A Rainbow. From 8 a.m.-6 p.m. each day the stories will be available for self-led reading, and from 4-6 p.m. each day there will be a themed recreation staff-led activity. The strolls are free and no registration is required! Click here for more info.
EPIC Career Kits at the Library - Explore career options by checking out an EPIC Experience Career Kit from the Great River Regional Library! There are 14 kits to represent different industries, and they are filled with fun activities to help kids of all ages learn more about various industries, jobs, and skills needed for specific careers. Health Science, IT, Education, STEM, Ag, and Arts are just a few of the career areas available. This website has a list all of the kits available and a link to check the kits out.
Affordable Connectivity Program -The FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program allows individuals and families to save on their monthly internet bills and potentially qualify for free high-speed internet. Qualification for the program is dependent on household income. Visit the website for full details and to apply.
Summer Kids Dream Family Film Series -Head to Marcus Parkwod Cinema in Waite Park June 9 through Aug. 29 to see some of your family's favorite films! Tickets are $3 each, or buy the Kids Dream Passport to see all 12 movies for just $18! First up is Minions, The Rise of Gru, June 9-13, followed by Sonic the Hedgehog June 16-20. Visit the website for full details.
2 Much Talent Summer Programs - Registration is now open for summer programs at 2 Much Talent. Programs include Loving My Crown, Summer Arts, Career Readiness, Brown Bellas, and more. Email 2muchtalent2@gmail.com or visit the website for full details.
Tri-CAP Help for Families - If you or anyone you know is struggling to fulfil basic needs - transportation, paying bills, finding food, etc. - check out the Tri-CAP website. Tri-CAP (Tri-County Action Program) can provide assistance for basic needs, self sufficiency, building stability and more. Click here for more info.
Stearns History Museum Free for Stearns County Residents - The Stearns History Museum recently announced that throughout 2024, the museum will be free of charge for Stearns County Residents! The museum is celebrating 40 years in its current building in 2024. The free admission does not include paid programs or events. Email executive director Amy Degerstrom with questions or for more details on the free admission policy.
QueerConnect Monthly Meetups - QueerConnect Youth events are designed to help connect people in the LGBTQIA+ community. On the last Monday of every month, local mdidle and high school students are welcome at the Youth QueerConnect Monthly Meetup. The meetup takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rainbow Wellness building at 601 W St. Germain St. Follow St. Cloud Pride on Facebook or check out the website for more info.
Free Meals for Kids - Free nutritious meals for kids 18 and under are just one click away. Download the Free Meals for Kids mobile app to help families and kids find free meals at schools and other sites around Minnesota. Click here for more information.
Art in Motion - Art in Motion at the Boho Cafe in Holdingford builds unity and appreciation for art. There are rotating gallery exhibits, weekly musical performances, community events, and more at the family friendly space. Click here for more information and a calendar of events.
BBBS PARTNERS WITH ULTA
This month, BBBS is teaming up with Ulta Beauty stores across the country to serve youth and support well-being in kids and teens. From May 19 through June 15, Ulta Beauty will hold an in-store donation program to benefit BBBS. During that time, customers have the chance to round up their purchase or donate directly to BBBS. Locally, Ulta Beauty shoppers can support BBBS of Central Minnesota at the St. Cloud and Baxter Ulta Beauty locations. Learn more here.
BBBS ONLINE STORE OPEN NOW
The BBBS of Central Minnesota Spring 2024 apparel store is open now! If you're looking for some new BBBS gear for summer, look no further. T-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, a dress, sweatshirts, and more are all for sale, and for the first time, a portion of the proceeds goes back to BBBS of Central Minnesota! The store closes Friday, June 7, so get your order in today (orders can be shipped directly to your house). Check out the full store here.
BBBS PARTNERS WITH INSPORTS
BBBS of Central Minnesota and the InSports Foundation are teaming up to help get more kids in the game. InSports offers scholarships to kids to help pay for participation, traveling, equipment, and more, so that cost isn't a barrier between youth and sports. Athletes in grades K-12 are eligible to apply, and can apply for a scholarship once a year. Click here to apply or for more info.
YOUR SPARE CHANGE HELPS BBBS!
Every time you shop, your spare change can help to support local youth! When you sign up today to donate on the BBBS of Central Minnesota website, you can round up every purchase on the credit card of your choosing. Every time you swipe that card, the total is rounded up to the nearest dollar - and that extra change stays right here in Central Minnesota! Your extra change could make a BIG difference to local youth - give it a try!
BIGS ON CAMPUS NEEDS YOUR HELP
Have you ever thought about being a Big? Do you know someone who would be a great Big? BBBS of Central Minnesota is looking for mentors to be a part of the Bigs on Campus initiative at St. Cloud State, St. Cloud Tech & Community College, and the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University. Meet with your mentee twice a month for an hour at a time at SCSU, SCTCC, or CSB/SJU and help them get accustomed to life on a college campus! Click here for more information or to sign up to be part of the Bigs on Campus program!
LITTLE BIG VIRTUAL ACADEMY

Welcome to a world of fun, learning, and resources - The Little Big Virtual Academy!

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota team has compiled a list of fun and interactive activities and resources for Littles and Bigs to do together (either in-person or virtually). Click here to check it out!
Please visit our BBBS Website to view resources and information for parents/guardians & Bigs including mentoring videos and parenting resources. We also have an extensive listing of community resources including tutors, food and housing assistance, and mental health resources. BigDefenders.org/resources

In addition, we also list past issues of the Big Happenings on our website. Please click here to access past issues.
SCTCC SUMMER CAMPS AVAILABLE
St. Cloud Technical & Community College has a variety of summer camps available for kids of all ages. From volleyball camp and culinary camp to scrubs and tools, SCTCC has something for everyone. Camps start in June and run all summer on the SCTCC campus. Click here for more info about each camp or to register.
CAREER ONE SUMMER PROGRAM
CareerONE's Summer Youth Program is back June 24-July 25, 2024. In those 19 days, youth between the ages of 14-17 in the St. Cloud Area can work on community projects, earn college credit, learn more about resumes and interviewing, explore different careers, and gain valuable job skills - while earning up to $1,020! The program runs from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day. Call 320-308-5320 or email info@csjobs.org for more information or to apply, or check out this website.
EDUCATION RESOURCES FROM GET READY
Get Ready is a program that partners with K12 schools, higher education, and community-based organizations to collectively advance access to essential information and resources that help students and families make an informed decision about life after high school. Get Ready commits to the students' progress by devoting resources to support their first year of college success. Learn more about Get Ready and resources available here, or check out their summer camps here.
YOUR COMMUNITY NEEDS YOU
Do you wish you could do more to support your local community and neighbors? United Way of Central Minnesota has a variety of volunteer opportunities available throughout the area! This website shows volunteer opportunities ranging from working with animal shelters to local youth to working with the elderly at local care facilities. Check it out and start giving back to your community!
BECOME A JUNIOR VOLUNTEER
Are you interested in a career in health care, or just looking to give back to your community? Become a Junior Volunteer at CentraCare! You can learn about career options, meet new people, and gain valuable skills - all while helping patients at the St. Cloud Hospital. Click here for more information or to apply! (Volunteers must be 14 or older.)
JOIN JOB CLUB!
If you've got big goals and you're looking for the right job to achieve them, consider joining Career Solutions' Job Club. Job Club meets every Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-Noon and is open to anyone who is job searching. Job seekers must register to attend. Please click here for more information or to register.
GET HELP WITH HIGHER WORKS COLLABORATIVE
Higher Works Collaborative in St. Cloud works to advance the lives and livelihoods of African Americans in Central Minnesota. They offer tutoring and classes to help prepare middle and high schoolers for life after high school. Please click here for more information.
GET HELP FINDING A JOB

Career Solutions helps Central Minnesota find a job or career that's right for them. The WIOA Young Adult Program can help assess future careers, assess skills and interests and assist with job searches. Please click here for more information.
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