Tina Franklin’s 30th anniversary with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga is May 15. Over 30 years, Tina has seen the standards and requirements of Big Brothers Big Sisters change, but she has remained steadfast to the mission.
"One thing has not changed over this history, Tina has been in the exact same office for the entirety of her 30-year tenure," officials said.
Ms. Franklin has been a case manager, match support specialist, program director, and now quality assurance manager over her 30-year history with BBBS. She has been a part of enrolling kids and volunteers, match support, hosting and planning match activities, recruiting, helping Littles find summer jobs and even fundraising, all of which made her the perfect fit for her newest role.
Officials said, "In 2019, Tina chosen for a new position for our agency, quality assurance manager, due to her commitment to quality metrics for our organization. Tina is the 'go-to' in the agency for questions regarding standards compliance and quality support and documentation. In addition to this role, Tina still has her own caseload as a match support specialist and is the liaison for our Agency’s college program, UTC Bigs.
"After attending a BBBS National Conference, Tina learned about other agencies and their partnerships with college campuses and began the UTC Bigs club on the campus of University of Tennessee Chattanooga. The UTC Bigs program has been integral to the school-based mentoring program for recruitment of volunteers. Pre-Covid, the UTC Bigs Club had over 100 members and has served youth through mentoring relationships. Tina saw a need for more volunteers, moved forward with an opportunity and made it happen,"
Ms. Franklin keeps in touch with many of her volunteers, parents and Littles from the years past. Just recently, a former parent said, “Tina’s energy and compassion for the safety and care of children let me know my children would be well taken care of in the BBBS program.”
"For over 30 years, Tina’s commitment to the mission, our kids and the organization has never wavered. We are eternally grateful for Tina and look forward to everything she will continue to bring to our agency in years to come," officials said.