United Way’s POWER contributes to Big Brothers Big Sisters


SHELBY COUNTY — Shelby County United Way’s POWER group recently awarded a grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County to assist with purchases for their Big Buddies programs.

Big Buddies is a nine-month commitment where high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors 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. The agency will be utilizing Social Emotional Learning curriculum this year through the programs.

POWER (Passionate, Optimistic, Women, Encouraging, Results) is the Shelby County United Way’s Women’s Initiative Group whose mission is to encourage women philanthropists to develop financial resources, unite in service, and are advocates for programs and initiatives that benefit children and their families in Shelby County.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County’s Executive Director, Jennifer Bruns, added, “Having the support from service clubs like POWER is a true blessing for nonprofits like Big Brothers Big Sisters. This year has been a real challenge with all the changes COVID-19 gave us. We will continue to be here for the children and offer them support in a safe and positive way.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way partner agency. The agency currently has 12 children ready and waiting to be matched with a caring adult. If you would like to ignite, empower, and defend the potential of a child, either through volunteering or financial contribution, please contact the agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622 or go to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org for more information.