Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sidney-Shelby County Chamber Foundation Awards Funding to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke Counties

The Sidney-Shelby County Chamber Foundation recently awarded $500.00 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County. Big Brothers Big Sisters was chosen to receive funding because of its continued efforts to make a positive impact in “at risk” children. The funding will be used towards technology devices to be used in the STEM curriculm for the school mentoring program that pairs high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with elementary aged students twice a month.

The High School Mentoring program known as “Big Buddies” is a nine-month commitment where volunteer high school students mentor elementary age children two times a month at an agency designation. This year the program operates at Northwood Elementary School, Longfellow Elementary School, & Whittier Elementary School in Sidney with over 63 children being served in these programs by 80 mentors.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a nonprofit, United Way member, social service organization whose mission is to develop and mature quality relationships between children and volunteers. The relationship is meant to guide each child towards becoming a confident, competent, and caring individual. The agency currently has over 15 children waiting for a volunteer to work with them. If you are interested in becoming involved and making a difference in the life of a child in the Shelby & Darke Community call 937-492-7611 or 937-547-9622.

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