Beacon Credit Union’s Project Spotlight Contest Winner this week was awarded to Big Brothers Big Sisters of NE Indiana.

Gretchen Cooley, New Haven Beacon Credit Union’s Branch Manager, shown presenting a check to Joey McDonald, Community Development Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of NE Indiana (BBBS) in the amount of $250.

BBBS serves youth who have a lack of access and opportunity to positive role models and provides them the opportunity to be engaged and transformed by a lasting friendship. BBBS focuses on meeting the developmental needs of the youth earlier in life rather than ignoring the danger signs that always lead to problems later. Attention, engagement, and encouragement offered to youth before problems occur are three of the strongest pro-active elements of youth mentoring. As a result of pairing high-need children with responsible and consistent adult volunteers, the youth have dramatic improvements in behavior, decision-making and academic performance. As children feel good about themselves and feel engaged in their schools, with their families and friends, and with their Big Brother, Big Sister, or Big Couple, they increase their likelihood of success in school and in reaching their potential. Our community ultimately benefits from these youth growing up to become healthy, self-sufficient, and productive citizens.

Research shows that a mentoring relationship can and does have a positive impact on the healthy development of youth at risk. Positive reinforcement of a child’s strengths helps him/her develop into an educated, employable and engaged adult. Various studies and BBBS’ 45+ years of experience all show that one-to-one mentoring is uniquely effective in helping various types of children with different degrees of risk develop the confidence, attitudes, and social skills needed for success in adulthood.

BBBS programs have no fees and do not receive funding in forms of vouchers, stipends, or reimbursements.  ALL funds are raised through businesses, individuals and foundations.

Project Spotlight was created with the hope that individuals and organizations would be inspired to reach out and serve those living and working around them.  Beacon Credit Union is a proud member of Allen County and we are enthusiastic about joining together with other organizations that are committed to aiding in the betterment of our communities.  For the past 87 years Beacon Credit Union has been dedicated to our “members first” philosophy and being accountable to our communities to do our part.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana is a nonprofit organization that serves children in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells, and Whitley counties in Indiana and Branch and Hillsdale counties in Michigan. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported one to one relationships with measurable impact. To learn how you can positively impact a child’s life, donate or volunteer visit

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