There are MANY worthy Not-For-Profit organizations in our service areas. I am going to try to highlight them on a regular basis. What better use of space??!!!!
Our chapters here in Indiana are part of the 400 agencies who partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
I've seen this program personally having 2 close friends participate - and it works!
They provide quality one-to-one mentoring relationships for youth ages 8-18 and adult volunteer mentors ages 21 and older. Youth enrolled in the program face challenges that most often include living in poverty; having an incarcerated family member; living with guardians or single parents; and a high need for the guidance and friendship of a caring adult role model.
A 2009 survey of the program alumni found that 42% of former Littles earned a four year college detree, and nearly half of all Littles had household incomes of more than $75,000.
It is a worthwhile organization for your donations and for your time!
www.bebigforkids.org - Central Indiana (Indianapolis)
www.bbbslaf.org - Lafayette
www.bigsindiana.org - South Central Indiana (Bloomington)
http://bbbseci.uwctl.org - Delaware County (Muncie)
http://www.bbbssi.org - Southeast Indiana (Jeffersonville)