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June 11th, 2012 3:55 am by Staff Report

More children benefit from mentors

Contributed photoRene Griggs, Big Brothers Big Sisters program coordinator (left) and Lisbeth Couser, chief development officer, accepted a check for $75,000 from Danelle Glasscock, United Way of Greater Kingsport executive director.

The United Way of Greater Kingsport recognized the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee last month and presented the organization with a check for $75,000.

The United Way’s board of directors also approved funding recommendations made by the 2012 Citizen’s Review Panel which included a 7 1/2 percent increase over last year. BBBS of East Tennessee has increased the number of children served by more than 10 percent in Kingsport.

In Knoxville, EdFinancial Services CEO Tony Hollin presented Big Brothers Big Sisters more than $20,000 in support of Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2012. The donation received on behalf of EdFinancial services will positively impact the more than 100 children in East Tennessee who are waiting for the support of a ment o r.

It costs about $1,000 per year to support the match between a mentor and a child. All donations received in honor of Bowl For Kids’ Sake directly benefits area children in East Tennessee. Every dollar raised impacts Big Brothers Big Sisters programs that help provide guidance, friendship and fun in the lives of children in East Tennessee.

EdFinancial Services is a national student loan service provider headquartered in Knoxville and the presenting sponsor of Bowl For Kids’ Sake.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Through these relationships, children achieve success throughout their lives.

The funding provides the means to provide community outreach to recruiting more volunteers and reaching more children. Additionally, the funding provides the financial resources to conduct criminal background reports on the volunteers, and provide the program services to provide quality program support to each match insuring longer stronger matches.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee served more than 1,059 children in fiscal year 2010-2011. Through the one-to-one mentoring relationships, these children make better decisions about their lives, have a better attitude about school and choose to avoid gang and criminal activity.

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