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Kalamazoo Community Foundation Awards

$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.

“The Kalamazoo Community 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 executive officer.

“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,” Kuchta says.

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.”

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