Oxford Who’s Who has inducted Ms. Erna Blackman into the highest Professional Distinction “Top Tier of Excellence Lifetime Achievement Recognition for her performance as a visionary leader and successful Non-Profit Founder.” Ms. Blackman is one of a few special honorees distinguished by their Non-Profit accomplishments, leadership abilities, years of service, and credentials provided. Extending services to children nationwide is Ms. Blackman’s main goal. She hopes to achieve this by informing the public of Butterflies BBI’s services, creating partnerships with more donors and maintaining client satisfaction.
Erna Blackman’s mission is to help children be the best that they can be during the rough periods in their personal lives. It is an enormous and emotional task, but she is grateful for the opportunity to touch so many lives. During her 20-year career in law enforcement, Ms. Blackman has seen the devastating effects of low self-esteem in the underserved communities and wanted to give back. In 2012, she established the nonprofit organization, Butterflies BBI. Butterflies BBI is a 501c3 nonprofit organization which provides free hair replacements and solutions to children experiencing hair loss due to medical conditions. Special consideration is given to inner-city children because they are a group that is often overlooked. Butterflies BBI also offers self-esteem workshops and nutritional seminars to clients who elect to enroll in the Pink Butterflies program. Ms. Blackman’s responsibilities include fundraising, budgeting, event planning and management, volunteer and donor recruitment, developing future operations, networking and office management. The most challenging for her is fundraising. Although the organization has received a lot of recognition, she would like to raise more funds to help more children. “I’m rewarded when I am able to watch a child who is dealing with his or her own personal condition, transform into the happy, self-assured person they were meant to be, with the help of our services,” she says. Alopecia is a type of hair loss that occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your hair follicles causing your hair to fall out. Experts don't know the cause and there is no cure. www.ButterfliesBBI.org and clicking on the fundraiser page. There you can help us help others by donating to the Children and Alopecia campaign. Every dollar makes a difference. And all donations qualify as a tax deduction.