• Big Brothers Big Sisters Wins Best Places to Work and COO Selected as one of RI's 40 Under 40!

    Consistent Excellence: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work RI for the 6th Year and COO, Kaleigh Perkins (LCSW) Selected as one of PBN’s 40 Under 40!

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island (BBBSRI) is celebrating being named one of the 2024 Best Places to Work in Rhode Island for the 6th consecutive year! The win showcases the organization's commitment to creating a supportive, engaging, and dynamic workplace for its employees. This recognition highlights BBBSRI's continuous efforts to prioritize employee well-being, foster professional growth, and maintain a positive work-life balance.

    The Best Places to Work in Rhode Island program, developed by Providence Business News and Best Companies Group, aims to identify, recognize, and honor the premier employers in the state, thereby boosting the local economy, workforce, and business landscape. Among the 67 companies honored, BBBSRI secured an impressive 3rd place (of 13) in the small employer category.

    BBBSRI is dedicated to offering a wide range of benefits that enhance employee well-being, growth, and work-life balance. These benefits include comprehensive health and dental insurance, retirement plans with employer contributions, paid time off, and sick leave. Additionally, BBBSRI provides paid parental leave, training, and tuition reimbursement to support both personal and professional development. The organization also offers a hybrid/remote work option to ensure flexibility. The Wellness Committee organizes activities such as yoga sessions, spirit weeks, walking groups, and book clubs to promote self-care and foster a positive work environment.

    Recent studies indicate that employees in a supportive work environment are 42% more likely to demonstrate high productivity (Source: The World Health Organization). CEO Katje Afonseca remarks, “At BBBSRI, we believe that taking care of our employees is essential to our success. Our commitment to providing comprehensive benefits and fostering a positive work culture ensures that our team feels valued and empowered, which ultimately enhances our overall impact.” Echoing this sentiment, a BBBSRI employee shares, “BBBSRI ensures that their employees are seen and heard. You are not just a number. They care about you as a professional and a person. A positive culture is important in the organization and the Leadership ensures that it is maintained. At Big Brothers Big Sisters, you're encouraged to share, speak up, ask questions, and learn! There is hard work and fun!”

    The positive work culture and employee satisfaction is showcased by COO Kaleigh Perkins, LCSW, selection as one of PBN’s 40 Under 40. This award, recognizing outstanding young professionals in Rhode Island, is an honor and reflects Kaleigh’s dedication to our mission, the youth we serve and the Rhode Island community. Starting in 2017 as a Match Support Specialist, Kaleigh quickly advanced to Match Support Manager, then Director of Programs in 2021, and became the first Chief Operating Officer at age 31. Kaleigh’s innovative and adaptive approach, particularly during the pandemic, has driven significant initiatives, trauma-informed and individualized services and creating an emergency fund, which has distributed over $100,000 to support families with essential needs and enrichment opportunities.

    As COO, Kaleigh introduced Family Empowerment Workshops, providing caregivers with training on vital life skills such as budgeting, homeownership, and internet safety. She also spearheaded the launch of two groundbreaking programs: Real Skills: Young Adults, supporting Mentees transitioning to adulthood, and Real Skills: Ready and Waiting, which has increased male Mentor participation by 43% and gained national recognition. Additionally, Kaleigh’s leadership in marketing and grant management secured an extra $100,000 in funding, reflecting her strategic acumen and unwavering commitment to community impact.

    For more information on the Best Places to Work in Rhode Island program, please visit www.BestPlacesToWorkRI.com.

    BBBSRI creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, enrolling a child in the program, or making a financial donation, please visit www.BigsRI.org, call (401) 921-2434, or email events@BigsRI.org.

    The Donation Center Foundation of Rhode Island’s mission is to engage in activities to raise funds to support the mission and purposes of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island, and other charities/mentoring programs in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Learn more at DonateRI.org.

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