The United Way of Adams County teams up with BBBS again this year!
Earlier this month the United Way of Adams County (Indiana) awarded grant money to local nonprofits and community organizations. Big Brothers Big Sisters of NE Indiana (BBBS) was one of these organizations. The United Way of Adams County granted $2,550 for the Community-Based and $3,550 for the Site-Based no-fee Programs offered in Adams County by BBBS.
The Community-Based program is the traditional mentoring effort that pairs children with responsible and consistent adult mentors in the community. The adult volunteer and child share fun activities like playing catch, going to the zoo, or baking cookies. These matches meet two to four times each month during the year. The Site-Based School Buddies program matches elementary students with caring adult mentors. Buddies meet once a week for lunch at the child’s school during the academic year. The agenda is simple: eating lunch, doing homework, reading books, playing games, or simply spending time together talking about life. The time commitment is small – one hour once a week – but the benefit to the child is huge.
Children served have the greatest need and least opportunity.
The majority of the youth served demonstrate several risk factors: live in a single-parent family, live in poverty, have poor social relationships, have strained family relationships, and have academic or behavior problems. Of the 34 youth served in Adams County in 2017, 65% are from single-parent households; 15% don’t live with either parent; 15% have a household income less than $10,000 a year; 62% have a household income less than $30,000 a year; 74% are between the ages of 5-12 while 26% are age 13 or older; 24% identify as a minority; and 21% have at least one parent incarcerated. Many of the youth served face multiple risk factors. The Agency continues to provide mentoring programs to the youth most in need.
The United Way of Adams County with help of Community Donors gave in grants totaling $157,500 to Community Partners like… Adams County Council on Aging, Adams County Safety Park, Adams County Senior Citizens Club, Adams Public Library System, Adams County Healthy Families, Adams Wells Crisis Center, Agape Respite Care, Alive and Well Teens, Anthony Wayne Council Boy Scouts (Adams County), Berne Public Library, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, Cancer Services, Community Family Services, Compassionate Ministries, Decatur Operation Help, Junior Achievement Of Adams County, The Salvation Army, South Adams Summer Swim Club, Tiny Treasures of Grace, Unfailing Love Clinic. To find out more about the United Way of Adams Co visit their website at www.unitedwayofadamscounty.com or call 260-728-2056.
Picture shown with our first of four payments; (L to R) Keirstyn Grimm of The United Way of Adams County and BBBB’s Grants Manager, Heather Cruse of Decatur, Indiana.