Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Wal-Mart Foundation Awards Funding to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke Counties

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is honored to be the recipient of a donation from the WalMart Foundation. This funding will be used to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters “Big Buddies” after school Mentoring program, which currently has around 150 freshman, sophomores, junior, and senior students mentoring elementary children across the two-county area.

The High School Mentoring program known as “Big Buddies” is a nine month commitment where volunteer high school students mentor elementary students after-school hours at their elementary sites. This year, Shelby County sites include, Northwood, Whittier, Emerson and Longfellow. And Darke county sites include; Ansonia, Woodland Heights and Versailles. All sessions last approximately 1.5 hours and mentors work one-on-one with students on activities that center around a positive life skills curriculum. All sessions are supervised and activities facilitated by trained agency personnel.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a nonprofit United Way Partner 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. If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer, you may call the office at (937)547-9622 or go to the BBBS website at

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