Big Brothers Big Sisters receives grant

VERSAILLES— The Ruth & Emerson Booher Advised Fund for Versailles, in conjunction with The Dayton Foundation, recently awarded a grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County.

The grant will be used for the Versailles Big Buddies after-school mentorship program. Big Buddies is a nine-month commitment where high school students 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 will focus on “Mindfulness: Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies.”

Last year, Big Brothers Big Sisters served 210 students under the age of 18 in their after-school Big Buddies programs throughout Shelby and Darke counties.

High school mentoring programs have become a widespread component of many nationally affiliated Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies. Studies prove that children who spend time with a positive role model are more likely to become healthy, productive adults.

This donation will allow Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County to expand and continue their Big Buddies program in Versailles.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member agency. If you would like to make a difference in the life of a child, either through volunteering or financial contribution, please contact the agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to for more information.