Big Brothers Big Sisters receives $3,000 Vectren Foundation grant

Staff report

SIDNEY — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County received a $3,000 grant from the Vectren Foundation to address the mentoring needs of at-risk 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, during which 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.

“Vectren is proud to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and 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 and 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, call 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or visit

Staff report