DARKE COUNTY — The Sidney-Shelby County Chamber Foundation recently awarded $729 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County. Big Brothers Big Sisters was chosen to receive funding because of its continued efforts to make a positive impact in “at risk” children.
This funding will be used by Big Brothers Big Sisters to purchase School supply kits in the after school Buddies program that is offered at Whittier & Emerson Elementary Schools in Sidney. Currently, there are more than 85 elementary age children served through the four Shelby County after school programs and the number keeps rising.
The High School Mentoring program known as “Big Buddies” is a nine-month commitment where volunteer high school students mentor elementary age children two times a month at an agency designation. This year the program operates at Northwood Elementary School, Longfellow Elementary School, Emerson Elementary Schools & Whittier Elementary School in Sidney with more than 85 children being served in these programs by 99 mentors.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a nonprofit, United Way member, social service organization whose mission is to develop and mature quality relationships between children and volunteers. The relationship is meant to guide each child towards becoming a confident, competent, and caring individual. The agency currently has more than 27 children waiting for a volunteer to work with them. If you are interested in becoming involved and making a difference in the life of a child in the Shelby & Darke Community call 937-492-7611 or 937-547-9622.