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Marc and Jeanne Schupan receive Distinguished Philanthropy Award
This couple seeks to have a positive impact on every organization with whom they partner. Among the organizations closest to their hearts are Big Brothers Big Sisters, where Marc has served on the board of directors, championed a capital campaign and transformed a routine fundraising dinner into a superstar. Jeanne also is connected to the organization, serving as a Big Sister to a young woman for many years.
Marshall Community Foundation Awards $5,000 to agency
Brothers Big Sisters, A Community of Caring has been awarded a $5,000 grant
from the Marshall Community Foundation. A portion of the grant award ($1,000)
comes from the Youth Advisory Council’s grant making budget.
‘I think deep down we all have a calling to give back.’
Big urges other young, single men to volunteer
John Bollinger stepped forward to become a Big Brother soon after moving to Kalamazoo for his job and urges other young, single men to consider doing the same. "I think we all deep down have a calling to give back, but often times put it off with worries about commitment or we just don’t think we have enough time. We give time to what we make a priority in our lives. From my experience, it’s been the best time spent."
A desire to directly introduce local students to higher education through mentoring is leading to the launch of a new Big Brothers Big Sisters’ program named Bigs on Campus. Kellogg Community College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College are piloting the program this upcoming school year.