Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island

CAMPING OUT: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island employees last year attend a family day celebration event at Camp Meehan in North Providence. / COURTESY BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF RHODE ISLAND
CAMPING OUT: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island employees last year attend a family day celebration event at Camp Meehan in North Providence. / COURTESY BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF RHODE ISLAND

PBN BEST PLACES TO WORK 2022
Small Company 2. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island

Employees in R.I.: 36
CEO: Katje Afonseca
Questions answered by: Katje Afonseca


What three words best describe your staff? Compassionate, hardworking, ­intelligent.

How has your company adapted programs and services in response to evolving pandemic-related challenges such as staff burnout and workforce shortages? We enhanced our benefits package by adding tuition reimbursement and 100% employer-paid health premiums for eligible employees. We also started a Wellness and Spirit Committee.

What fun activities does your company offer employees to participate in? We have an annual family day for all staff and their families.

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How would you describe the culture of your workplace? Our workplace is filled with positivity, is mission-centered, puts people first and we like to have fun.

What modifications have you made to your workplace to support employee wellness? We offer a hybrid work schedule for our administrative positions and we have days off for employees to just take a break.

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