Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast – Collier County is launching an eight-week giving challenge, matching each incoming gift dollar for dollar up to $20,000. A generous anonymous donor offered to challenge others to join them in giving the gift of a dedicated mentor to children in the community who are facing adversity. Those interested may visit https://one.bidpal.net/empoweringcollier. “The children we serve typically live in low-income households with a single parent or guardian, and are experiencing anxiety and confusion due to the isolation caused by the pandemic,” said Maria Otero, mentor manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast in Collier County. “We matched an eleven year-old boy who had been self-harming with a Big Brother who has helped him tremendously. In conjunction with support of a licensed counselor, the boy has stopped hurting himself and truly has a new outlook on life. This is the power of the work we do." Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast acted quickly when COVID-19 hit, moving all face-to-face interactions online - from recruiting and screening to enrolling and facilitating strong, healthy matches. The agency has ensured Bigs and Littles receive ongoing support. At the same time they have connected new mentors and children through virtual interviews and match meetings, officially welcoming them as Bigs and Littles in the interim of meeting face-to-face.