About Us

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In 1975, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westmoreland County was formed to provide services to children through mentoring relationships. In 2001, services were expanded into Fayette County in an attempt to change the lives of additional children. The agency’s name was then changed to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel Region (BBBSLR), and nearly 300 children per year now receive valuable, one-to-one mentoring services.

The mission of BBBSLR is attained through unique programming options that are individualized for each child and volunteer. Staff take great care in matching together a child and volunteer with similar interests and hobbies. Thus, volunteers are encouraged to try to engage in meaningful conversations with the child and incorporate the child into their daily routine through free and low-cost activities they would normally do. The most important thing for a volunteer to remember is that you are a friend that child can count on, someone to share the little moments that can create big magic!

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Our Vision

That all children achieve success in life


Our Mission

Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.


Accountability Statement

We partner with parents/guardians, volunteers, and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving:

- Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships

- Avoidance of risky behaviors

- Educational success

Our Staff

Chief Executive Officer
Kelli Belanger, kelli@bbbslr.org

Program Director
Becky Coccia, becky@bbbslr.org

Mentoring Coordinator
Laurie Sarady, laurie@bbbslr.org

Mentoring Coordinator
Brittany Winwood, brittany@bbbslr.org

Special Events Director
Ali Iezzi, ali@bbbslr.org


Board of Directors

  • President - Dean Thompson, NoWait
  • Vice President - Lauren Schneider, Freelance Writer/Editor
  • Secretary - Tracey McMahan, Hi-Grade Shooters Supply 
  • Treasurer - Josh Bogert, Sam's Club
  • Solicitor - Todd T. Turin, Turin & DeMatt
  • Mary Beth Atwood, Norwin School District
  • Larry Jesky, Seton Hill University
  • Sheryl Nunn, First Energy
  • Patrick O'Leary, Connors Group