Last week at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada’s Partner’s Luncheon, an exciting new partnership was announced with Best Buy Canada. Best Buy Canada, the country’s fastest-growing specialty retailer of consumer electronics will be offering multi faceted support to the country’s premier youth mentoring organization. In addition to providing funding to support national initiatives, Best Buy will offer direct support to member agencies in those communities where Best Buy has a presence. These local initiatives include employee participation and financial support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada’s premier Bowl For Kids Sake event, a merchandise granting program – Best Buy Grants, and a Best Buy Grand Opening program. Best Buy’s overall support will total more than $200,000 in 2005.
Although this is the beginning of an official national partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, Best Buy has supported member agencies across the country since October 2002 when Best Buy opened its first stores in Canada in the Greater Toronto Area. Best Buy’s total donations to local Big Brother Big Sister agencies, including this year’s commitment totals over $650,000. “Best Buy is thrilled to continue supporting Canada’s children through this expanded partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada,” states Lori DeCou, Director of Corporate Communications, Best Buy Canada Ltd. “Our company is committed to our communities with a focus on the development of youth through education and mentoring, and Big Brothers Big Sisters is a natural fit for us.”
This partnership will directly benefit numerous Big Brother Big Sister agencies across Canada and help support the thousands of children in mentoring programs. In supporting several Bowl For Kids Sake events across the country, Best Buy employees have been encouraged to participate in the event and fundraise for their local agencies with dollars raised matched by a corporate gift. In addition, the Best Buy Grant’s Program will allow agencies in existing Best Buy communities to apply for merchandise grants to support any specific initiatives or fundraisers that they choose. In those communities where a new Best Buy store is opening, the local agency will also benefit from receiving a one-time donation to help introduce the partnership to the community.
On the national front, Best Buy will also be sponsoring the development of an online volunteer inquiry form for prospective volunteer mentors, as well as sponsoring a keynote speaker at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada’s National Convention in June. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada will receive over $50,000 from Best Buy in 2005 to support the organization at a national level. “Best Buy’s national support is essential to our development of the online volunteer inquiry form,” states Harry McAvoy, V.P. Advancement, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. “This form is a huge step forward for the organization’s management of potential volunteer lists and because of Best Buy’s support, it will make it significantly easier for us to serve the 10,000 kids that are currently on our waiting list.”
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is Canada’s premier youth mentoring agency, offering the Big Brother Big Sister program and a host of other innovative and successful programs, including In-School Mentoring, e-mentoring and Couples for Kids. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada has approximately 160 member agencies in over 300 diverse communities across the country. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada services 20,000 children across Canada and there are over 10,000 children currently on a waiting list to receive mentors.
For more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, please visit: www.bbbsc.ca or call: 1-800-263-9133
About Best Buy Canada:
Best Buy stores in Canada are a division of Burnaby, BC-based Best Buy Canada Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY). Best Buy is Canada’s fastest-growing specialty retailer and e-tailer (www.bestbuy.ca) of consumer electronics, personal computers and entertainment software and also operates the Geek Squad (www.geeksquad.ca). There are currently more than 30 stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.
Best Buy offers consumers a unique shopping experience with the latest technology and entertainment products, at the right price, with a no-pressure (non-commissioned) sales environment. The Company is committed to kids and communities, supporting non-profit organizations that help youth develop their skill set, discover their talents and sustain a lasting interest in education.
For more information about Best Buy, including store locations, visit www.bestbuy.ca.
For more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, please contact:
Vice President, Development
Phone: (905) 639-0461 x14
For more information on Best Buy Canada, please contact:
Director of Corporate Communications
Office: (604) 412-1011.
Cell: (604) 516-9397