$39,000 Grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters, A Community of Caring
has been awarded a $39,000 grant from the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. These
funds will help the agency find new mentors for children waiting for a Big and
provide ongoing support for Bigs and Littles already in a mentoring friendship.
In total, the grant provides assistance in serving 625 children in Kalamazoo
County in 2017.
Foundation’s support is greatly
appreciated and is instrumental as we strive to achieve our mission of
providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally
supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better,
forever,” says Amy Kuchta, Big
Brothers Big Sisters’chief
“We know that those children who have been
matched with a Big Brother, Big Sister, Big Couple, or Big Family for at least
a year, experience an increase in social acceptance and self-confidence,”
Kuchta continues. “In addition, they maintain or improve their grades.
“We appreciate this grant from the Kalamazoo
Community Foundation, as it will help local children achieve success in life,”
Sandy Barry-Loken, interim vice
president/community investment officer of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation
echoes Kuchta’s comments. “Through its
mentorship programming, Big Brothers Big Sisters has demonstrated its ability
to increase social-emotional and educational skills of youths in the greater
Kalamazoo area,” Barry-Loken says.
“We are happy to support this program that is helping young people reach their
full potential by connecting them to positive, caring adult role models.”