COLUMN: Big Brothers-Big Sisters needs community’s support

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By LINDA REED, Guest Columnist

I am interested in meeting with Perry County community leaders to discuss the Big Brothers-Big Sisters mentoring programs. Big Brothers-Big Sisters has been involved with Perry County youth since 2000 as a result of a 1997 Leadership Perry County class project.

This meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 17 at the Perry County Library.

In 2008, I accepted the position of executive director of Big Brothers-Big Sisters of the Ohio Valley.  Since that time BBBS of Perry County has been struggling to maintain the funding and community support needed to remain sustainable. The need for the program is evident, as there has consistently been an average of 100 matches combined in the school and community programs.

I would appreciate your input on the following topics:

• Improving community awareness for BBBS programs in Perry County, in relation to the need for financial support and volunteer mentors.

• Identification of community leaders willing to help form a satellite resource group. This group would be directly responsible for sustaining the programs currently in place and facilitating future growth.

• Identification of funding sources – corporate, individual, foundations, etc., to provide necessary funding to continue the programs we have in place and funding required for future growth.

Over the course of the past year, Henderson and Posey counties have experienced significant growth and success. 

I would like to share their stories with you as well as the criteria we have put together as guidelines for maintaining the programs in our outreach counties and their continued success. I would also like to share our information on the costs involved in maintaining our programs.

I hope you are able to join us and feel free to invite other community leaders of the community that you think may have some interest in our programs. Please call me at (812) 425-6076 (office) or (812) 499-6306 (cell) if you have any questions or need more information.

Reed is executive director of Big Bothers-Big Sisters of the Ohio Valley and a Perry County resident.