Agency News

Bigs in Blue Program - Official Launch

July marked the official launch of the Bigs in Blue program, a partnership between the Toms River Police Department and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County.

The program pairs youngsters needing mentors with police officers who want to connect with kids, with the primary goal of being another adult they can look to for guidance and support.

The other goal? Reaching kids and keeping them on the right path, instead of interacting with them as police officers dealing with crimes. Read more about the program and the event in the Toms River Patch.


Our First Chili Cookoff


Our first-ever Chili Cookoff was held in Toms River on Saturday, 3/24! Many thanks to our host Gateway Toyota, our sponsors and all of our entrants, including Spanish Olive restaurant in Brick, which entered a delicious number with a slow burn, and Hackensack Meridian Health - Ocean Medical Center in Brick, which served a fantastic turkey chili that WON the cold and windy day! Kristopher Davis, Ralph Wolff and Nick Bella - well done to you, also - from sweet as molasses to "Dragon's Breath" and everything in between, all of the chilis hit the spot!


Thank You, FirstEnergy!


Ida Cahill, BBBSOC’s Acting Executive Director, accepts a $2,500 donation from First Energy.


OceanFirst Foundation Support for Bigs in Blue Program

The OceanFirst Foundation recently presented a $7,000 check to Sue Sedivec, former CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County; Chief Mitchell Little of Toms River Police Department; and Ralph Wolff, Chairman of the Board of BBBSOC in support of the Bigs In Blue Program. Pictured are Katherine Durante, Executive Director of Ocean First Foundation and Nina Anuairo, Sr. Vice President of Ocean First Bank. MORE


Dottie's House Women's Leadership Luncheon



Pictured above: Virginia "Ginny" Haines, Ocean County Freeholder; Ben Carter, Dottie's House Life Skills Coach

Sue Sedivec, former CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County (BBBSOC) was a guest speaker at the recent First Annual Dottie’s House Women’s Leadership Luncheon -- “Empowering women to become self-sufficient and free from violence”. MORE



BBBSOC Announced as Gold Standard Winner

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County (BBBSOC) is proud to announce that Big Brothers Big Sisters Nationwide Leadership Council identified BBBSOC as a winner of the Big Brothers Big Sisters 2016 Gold Standard Award for their leadership, growth, and dedication to helping area youth. This is especially exciting for BBBSOC as they are celebrating their 20th Anniversary, 20 years of changing the lives of children in Ocean County. MORE



NJNG Project Venture





Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County (BBBSOC) celebrated with the employees of New Jersey Natural Gas at the conclusion of their 2016-2017 Project Venture program (Workplace Mentoring) at a luncheon recently held at the company’s facility. Each employee mentor gives their time and talent to broaden the children’s exposure to potential job possibilities; ability to acquire career skills; and learn rules, norms, and expectations of the workplace. MORE


BlueClaws Honors Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County


The BlueClaws honored Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County (BBBSOC) during the recent Hagerstown game for the work the agency does on behalf of the children and families of Ocean County.

Tickets were provided to the mentors (Bigs) and children (Littles) to enjoy the fun-filled evening. The first pitch was thrown by Little, Josh, as the Bigs, Littles, and staff of BBBSOC cheered him on. It was an exciting game with the BlueClaws winning 5 – 4. MORE