Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Community Impact Fund of The Community Foundation of Shelby County Awards Funding to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke Counties

The Community Impact Fund of the Community Foundation of Shelby County recently awarded a grant 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 for continuation of the X-Force Think BIG Middle School Workforce mentoring program and for a new program that will be launched in the fall called Sister Power for Big Sisters and Little Sisters enrolled in the program.

Locally, the two county agency served over 495 children in Shelby and Darke County through its community-based and High School mentoring programs in 2015. At this time the agency has 24 children on a waiting list in need of a volunteer mentor.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County, a United Way supported agency, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help children reach their full potential, which we do matching children with volunteers to develop and nurture quality relationships. The relationship is meant to guide each child towards becoming a confident, competent, and caring individual. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer may call the office at 937 -492-7611, 937-547-9622 or log on to the agency website at

Photo: X-Force Mentor: Gordon Buchler from OVI Services Inc. along with X-Force Mentor, Chad Arkenberg from City of Sidney help their Little’s Greg Beard from Sidney son of Tiffany Knasel and Steven McClellan son of Josian Hampton and Kim Hampton from Sidney build a tower out of marshmellows and spaghetti while using team work skills.   

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