Big Buddies help local youth


Students from last year’s Big Buddies program work on a project together.

Students from last year’s Big Buddies program work on a project together.


Courtesy photo

What is Match Day?

The Community Foundation of Shelby County is repeating its Match Day event. On Nov. 27, the foundation will offer a total of $70,000 to 14 local charities that can each receive a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $5,000. The goal is to generate at least $140,000 in charitable dollars.

Participating organizations challenge their supporters to give to the Community Foundation and to earmark gifts for their charity. Gifts must be made payable to the Community Foundation of Shelby County and received by Nov. 27 to be eligible for the match.

The local foundation administers more than 180 charitable funds, including scholarship, donor advised, designated, organization and community granting funds. Match Day participating organizations were selected because of having a 501(c)(3) tax status and an organization fund within the foundation that had an asset balance exceeding the Foundation’s fund minimum. Gifts received will not be placed into an organization’s fund, but instead returned to the organization and put to work in the community.

Participating organizations are Alpha Community Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County, Compassionate Care of Shelby County, Historic Sidney Theatre, Operation Rebirth, S&H Products, Senior Center of Sidney-Shelby County, Shelby County Arc, Shelby County Historical Society, Shelby County Libraries Foundation, Shelby County United Way, Sidney First United Methodist Church, Sidney-Shelby County YMCA and Wilma Valentine Childcare.

For details, go to www.commfoun.com and view Match Day information on the home page.

SIDNEY — Imagine not having someone to look up to when you were a kid. Imagine not having a positive role model to guide you down a responsible path in life. Where would you have ended up?

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County hosts various volunteer supported mentoring networks to help children served to fulfill his or her potential and steer clear of bad decisions.

“All #GivingTuesday donations received through The Community Foundation of Shelby County’s Match Day will be utilized for our after-school Big Buddies mentoring programs,” said Executive Director Jenny Bruns. Through Big Buddies, high school students are matched with elementary students throughout Shelby and Darke County and meet two times per month after school to offer mentoring services to one another.”

Big Buddies focuses on educational and social enhancing activities, healthy eating, fitness, personal safety, and sustainability. For the current 2018-2019 academic year, Big Buddies is implementing a curriculum entitled “Mindfulness: Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies” which focuses on brain development, social and emotional well-being, nutrition, and exercise.

“Match Day gifts will help us empower each child’s potential,” said Bruns. “We want every child in Shelby and Darke County to have a positive role model, to graduate high school, attend college or technical school, and then gives back to his or her community. Imagine the possibilities! What kind of potential would that ignite?”

To support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County on Match Day, gifts must be made payable to the Community Foundation of Shelby County with: Match/Bigs noted on the memo or in an accompanying note or form. Details and forms are available at the Community Foundation website at www.commfoun.com and at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County office. Gifts must be received on or before Nov. 27 to be eligible for up to $5,000 in matching money.

Students from last year’s Big Buddies program work on a project together.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/11/web1_BIGS.jpgStudents from last year’s Big Buddies program work on a project together. Courtesy photo

What is Match Day?

The Community Foundation of Shelby County is repeating its Match Day event. On Nov. 27, the foundation will offer a total of $70,000 to 14 local charities that can each receive a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $5,000. The goal is to generate at least $140,000 in charitable dollars.

Participating organizations challenge their supporters to give to the Community Foundation and to earmark gifts for their charity. Gifts must be made payable to the Community Foundation of Shelby County and received by Nov. 27 to be eligible for the match.

The local foundation administers more than 180 charitable funds, including scholarship, donor advised, designated, organization and community granting funds. Match Day participating organizations were selected because of having a 501(c)(3) tax status and an organization fund within the foundation that had an asset balance exceeding the Foundation’s fund minimum. Gifts received will not be placed into an organization’s fund, but instead returned to the organization and put to work in the community.

Participating organizations are Alpha Community Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County, Compassionate Care of Shelby County, Historic Sidney Theatre, Operation Rebirth, S&H Products, Senior Center of Sidney-Shelby County, Shelby County Arc, Shelby County Historical Society, Shelby County Libraries Foundation, Shelby County United Way, Sidney First United Methodist Church, Sidney-Shelby County YMCA and Wilma Valentine Childcare.

For details, go to www.commfoun.com and view Match Day information on the home page.