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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County Chosen by
Staples Associate to Receive $3,500 Grant
Organization Chosen by Local Associate to Benefit from Staples Foundation Grant
NEW BRIGHTON, PA (July 14, 2014) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County has been awarded $3,500 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., under a program that lets Staples associates direct donations.
“Staples Foundation understands and supports the mission of organizations, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County who are working in neighborhoods to provide programming and support to youth facing adversity in communities,” stated Lynell Scaff, Executive Director. “This grant will be used to secure mentors and support training for new matches in 2014 for children seeking a mentor. Our staff, board and volunteers are committed to serving youth in Beaver County to achieve our vision of helping children achieve success in life.”
“A match for a year involves Case Managers who perform the initial intake in the child's home, which includes child empowerment training, an interview and orientation. Volunteers are fully screened by background checks and references, child safety training/orientation and an interview. Case Managers take into consideration the preferences and personalities of each child and each Volunteer to ensure that a bond will form and a solid connection can be made. To be effective the match needs to last a minimum of 18 months. Many of our matches have gone well beyond the 18 months and have lasted for years. A Match Specialist meets with all parties of the match to ensure everyone is satisfied and child's safety is being upheld. Match activity for events provide activities for the match to bond, share and build trust, that is the formula for a successful match,” said Scaff.
The grants are part of a philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations that are focused on education or job skills. The program encourages local community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or fundraising.
The program, called 2 Million and Change, will award funds to organizations around the world, reaching more than $2 million in grants by the end of the year. In 2013, associates globally directed more than $2.5 million of Staples Foundation grants to over 1,000 non-profit organizations.
“Staples Foundation is committed to making a positive impact in the communities where our associates live and work,” said Katy Dobbs, director of global community and giving for Staples, Inc. “Through our program, we are pleased to support our associates and the local non-profit organizations that matter to them most.”
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County is one of over 340 nationwide affiliates of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the nation’s oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States. It has been the leader in one-to-one service for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people. Locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County serves 365 children and an equal number of volunteer mentors each year. The agency is located at 1475 Third Avenue in New Brighton.
The agency vision is to match each and every child who needs and wants a Big Brother or Sister. Research conducted on Big Brothers Big Sisters programs nationwide has demonstrated that vulnerable youth matched with a Big Brother or Sister mentor are less likely to use drugs and to start drinking, do better in school, and are less likely to resort to violence.
Information about donating, volunteering, or enrolling a child is available at www.bcbigs.org, or by phoning 724.843.4600.
About Staples Community and Giving
Staples is dedicated to providing education and job skills opportunities in communities where our customers and associates live and work with a primary focus on support disadvantaged youth, from literacy and mentoring to career skills development initiatives. Staples supports these causes through corporate contributions, in-kind donations and grants from Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc. Through its global community and giving efforts, Staples has helped more than 6,500 organizations in local communities across 26 countries. Community and Giving is also an integral component of Staples Soul, which recognizes the connection between long-term business success and the impact Staples has on associates, communities and the planet. For more information, visit www.staples.com/community.