About Big Brothers Big Sisters

Our Mission

Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.


All youth achieve their full potential.


By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers, and others in the community we are accountable for each child in our program achieving:

  • Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
  • Avoidance of risky behaviors
  • Educational success

Our History

We are a non-profit agency positively impacting children’s lives in Fulton, Lucas, Ottawa, Williams and Wood counties. Big Brothers and Big Sisters programs were operated independently in Toledo from 1937 to 1961. By January 1980, the programs had merged to become Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Ohio. Our agency provides service consistent with the standards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. We are financially supported, in part, by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, the United Way of Greater Toledo, Fulton County and Williams County, Lucas County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, Work Force Investment Act, Lucas County Children Services and by corporate sponsorship, private donations and fundraising events.


Our Staff

We have professionally trained staff who carefully matches qualified volunteer mentors with children in long-term mentoring relationships. The staff also provides on-going support to those matches and their families to help children stay in school and succeed.

Dr. Marvin Whitfield

Dr. Marvin Whitfield
President & CEO

Liz Watson

Liz Watson
Program Manager

Abby Oddo

Abby Oddo
Assistant Program Manager

Paige Broka

Paige Broka
Match Support Specialist

Jonathan Wray

Jonathan Wray
Program Specialist

Our Volunteers

Morgan Siler

Morgan Siler
Volunteer “Bigs” Engagement Coordinator

Dorian Revels

Dorian Revels, RN
Volunteer Director of Health and Wellness

Abby Oddo

Alex Brinkman
Volunteer Website Manager

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Please send donations via check, made payable to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Ohio.

Checks can be mailed to

424 Jackson Street Toledo, Ohio 43604

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