Friday, January 25, 2019


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County received a $5,000 grant from the Vectren Foundation to address the mentoring needs of youth through their after-school Big Buddies program. “This grant will enable Big Brothers Big Sisters to continue offering our much-needed Big Buddies mentoring program to children facing adversity in our community,” said Executive Director, Jennifer Bruns.

Big Buddies is a nine-month commitment where high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors from area schools are matched with elementary students to offer mentoring services. These matches meet with each other two times per month during the academic school year and focus on educational and social enhancing activities, personal safety, healthy eating, and physical fitness. For the 2018-2019, our curriculum is entitled “Mindfulness: Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies” and focuses on brain development, social & emotional growth, nutrition, and exercise.

“Vectren is proud to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County in addressing the needs of after-school mentoring programs in our communities,” said Rachel Goodspeed, Vectren Community Affairs Manager. “At-risk students benefit in a wide variety of ways from healthy, meaningful relationships, not only in improving their academic performance, but also developing their confidence and behavior both in and out of school.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County was founded in 1977 to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better forever. For more information regarding services provided, volunteer openings, or sponsorship opportunities, please call 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or visit for more information.

The Vectren Foundation strives to become a community catalyst in the communities where we live and work, leveraging everyday opportunities to achieve extraordinary outcomes. The Vectren Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization funded by non-utility related transactions and is not an element of customers’ energy bills. Go to to learn more.

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