BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS RECEIVES MONARCH LEGACY FUND GRANT FROM THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SHELBY COUNTY
SIDNEY — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County recently received a grant from the Monarch Legacy Fund of The Community Foundation of Shelby County. The grant will help offset the cost of their “Earth Friendly Practices” curriculum being utilized during their after-school Big Buddies program.
Big Buddies is a nine-month commitment where high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors volunteer two times per month to mentor elementary students. During these meetings, high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. This year’s program focuses on ecological awareness and earth-friendly practices. The program also promotes social and emotional development through various activities.
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. The non-profit agency relies on United Way funding, grants, financial contributions, and fundraisers to support their ongoing efforts to mentor at-risk youth. Their next major fundraiser, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, will be held on March 2 and 3 at both Treaty Lanes in Greenville and Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney. Anyone who would like to make a difference in the life of a child, either through volunteering, financial contribution, event sponsorship, or event participation; please contact the agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org for more information.