Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire aims to support local youth through its one-to-one mentorship. Our volunteer mentors have incredibly diverse backgrounds. They’re professors and students. They’re nurses and engineers. They’re entrepreneurs and local business owners.
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Arcade Coffee Roasters
3672 Chicago Ave. Ste. A, Riverside, CA, 92507
Video-store-turned-java-shop Arcade Coffee Roasters is both a Riverside staple and a national star. Named one of the best coffee shops in America by Food and Wine, Arcade is renowned for its small-town charm and how it supports local community organizations.
After Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire hosted a volunteer recruitment night at the shop, Arcade co-owner Shane Levario was inspired to become a mentor. In 2019, he and his girlfriend Andi became a Big Couple to Little Brother Kayden.
“Both Shane and Andi have been amazing with Kayden,” said Tawny, match support specialist. “Through the pandemic they ventured on with virtual outings, taking Kayden’s calls and having fun with him over FaceTime and online video games. Even with everything they were going through to keep their small business open this past year, Shane and Andi wanted to make sure they were still there for their Little Brother.”
Fred Sevilla has been a Big Brother since 2015. Early on, Fred and his Little Brother Daniel bonded over their love of food and grilling. Fred shared how his dream was to open his own BBQ restaurant, and his Little Brother encouraged him to go for it. The same year these two foodies were matched, Fred started Califuze catering company! He even hired Daniel to help out in the kitchen as his very first job.
Influenced by the foods and cultures found in California, Califuze’s Asian-marinated, Southern-style smoked meats and South American recipes are an Inland Empire favorite. Califuze also started a weekly pop up restaurant out of the Vintern’s Tavern in Chino.
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