Thrift World Partner: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands

January is National Mentoring Month. This month is dedicated to celebrating and elevating the mentoring movement. It is a time to encourage people to become mentors to ensure that young people have dependable adults to look up to. 

To celebrate National Mentoring Month, we want to recognize our partner - Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands. This nonprofit is one of the organizations that we support through our collection of item donations. 

Before you search for our donation drop off Omaha NE locations, take a moment to learn what Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands does for the community and how you can support them!

Who are Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands?

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands is a nonprofit organization that helps children in Omaha and Council Bluffs metro area realize their potential and build their futures. Their mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. 

This nonprofit offers unique one-to-one brand mentoring. They match adult volunteers (Bigs) with children (Littles) who are from 7 to 21 years old. The Bigs help the Littles succeed in school, avoid risky behaviors and improve their self-confidence. 

The history of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America 

This nonprofit organization started in 1904. It was created by Ernest Coulter, a young New York City court clerk. In his work, he saw lots of boys come through his courtroom. He believed that caring adults could help these kids stay out of trouble. Thus, he started to look for volunteers. 

Around this same time, the Ladies of Charity (later known as Catholic Big Sisters) were helping girls that went through the New York Children’s Court. In 1977, the Big Brothers Association and Catholic Big Sisters International teamed up and became the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

How does Thrift World help Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midland?

Thrift World is proud to be partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands. This non-profit helps us collect donation items. There are donation drop off Omaha NE and Council Bluffs bins with their logo where you can drop off your donations. They also do free at-home pick ups. 

For every item donation that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midlands collects, Thrift World pays them a fee. The money they receive from us supports their programs, camps, workshop experiences for littles and professional development. 

When making item donations, be sure to box or bag items before placing them in the bins. Here is a list of things that Thrift World is accepting: 

  • Clothing of all sizes

  • Shoes

  • Bedding

  • Home decor

  • Small appliances and kitchenware

  • Sporting goods

  • Books, CDs and tapes

  • Electronics

  • Toys

  • Small furniture

  • Jewelry

  • Hardware and tools

  • Tables and chairs

Find a donation drop off Omaha NE spot

Visit our website to find all the donation drop off locations around Omaha and Council Bluffs. If you cannot go to a bin, you can always schedule an at-home donation pickup. Schedule your free donation pick up here