Big Brothers Big Sisters receives grant from Bank of America
Rockland — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine has received a $15,000 grant from the Bank of America Foundation to fund the non-profit agency’s expansion into Kennebec and Somerset counties. The agency recently received approval for this expansion from its parent organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. The Kennebec Valley area was previously served by BBBS of Kennebec Valley which closed its doors on July 31, 2012.
“This grant from the Bank of America Foundation is great news for children in Kennebec and Somerset counties,” said Alex Gaeth, CEO of BBBSMCM, in a news release. When BBBS of Kennebec Valley closed, they were serving approximately 70 matches, which had to be closed. This grant will help us move forward to re-establish these matches and continue to build the program.”
Funds from the grant will help the agency open and staff an office in the Augusta-Waterville area. The agency will also begin meeting with previously closed matches, reviewing new applications from prospective Littles and Bigs, and meeting with previously participating schools and prospective new schools over the next few months. Gaeth said he is hopeful some school programs will start in January 2013. The agency will also be holding its Bowl For Kids’ Sake fundraiser in April 2013.
The agency presently provides one-to-one youth mentoring services to 560 youth facing adversity in Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot and Waldo counties, and expects with the addition of Kennebec and Somerset counties to build the capacity to change the lives of 800 youth annually.
For more information about how to support the agency or become a Big Brother or Big Sister, call 593-0380 or email email@example.com.