Thursday, March 28, 2019


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County has been awarded grant funding from the Darke Rural Electric Trust to assist with costs associated with their Community-Based Matching Program. This program matches adult volunteers with children in need of a mentor to provide guidance, friendship, and a positive role model.

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers, and others in the community they are accountable for each child in their programs achieving higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoidance of risky behaviors, and educational success. Studies prove that Big Brothers Big Sisters’ programs work and have proven youth outcomes. After just one year of enrollment, children are: 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27% less likely to begin using alcohol, 52% less likely to skip school, 37% less likely to skip a class, and 33% less likely to hit someone.

When children and teens have the influence of a caring adult, they are more likely to avoid unwanted behaviors and to focus on academics. Today’s youth face a variety of challenges, and being matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister can help them navigate these challenges and reach their potential. If you would like to become an event sponsor, donor, volunteer, or learn more about how you can make a difference in a child’s life, contact our local agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to for more information.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way partner agency. In addition to United Way funding, they rely on grants, fundraisers, sponsors, and generous donors. To help support this beneficial agency, plan to attend their 13th Annual Duck Derby & Duck-N-Run 5K on June 20th at Tawawa Park in Sidney. Details can be found on the agency’s website.

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