Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC awarded $2,325 Grant
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina (BBBS) was awarded $2,325 to recruit, screen, train and place ten new mentoring volunteers. Volunteer mentors (Bigs), will be paired with 15 K-12 children (Littles) who reside in Haywood County. This project will build on the momentum created by an influx of new support received from the Dogwood Health Trust to expand its programming. BBBS is hiring a program coordinator to serve in Haywood County to recruit and train knowledgeable and compassionate volunteers who understand the issues/barriers to success facing at risk youth. These barriers are intensified for youth who reside in low-income families. They are more likely to experience poor academic performance and fall behind due to poor attendance, higher suspension rates and dropout rates. The highly regarded BBBS service delivery method is known for building effective and trusting relationships between “Bigs” and “Littles” that lead to vastly increasing resilience and potential success in at-risk youth. Grant funds will support costs to provide programming at $50 per quarter for each pairing for a total of $200 per year for 15 pairings. Costs will cover basic educational and training supplies, outdoor activities, and a modest amount for travel.
Spring 2021 - Grants totaling $24,610
- Babies Need Bottoms - $2,710 to expand access to diapers, wipes, rash cream, and basic hygiene essentials to Haywood families facing persistent poverty and acute crisis.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina - $2,325 to recruit, screen, train and place ten new mentoring volunteers (Bigs) that will be paired with fifteen K-12 children (Littles) who reside in Haywood County.
- Clothes To Kids of Haywood County - $2,125 to defray the cost of rent, utilities and phone for its clothing shop for kids.
- Community Kitchen - $2,975 to purchase food and supplies needed to provide fresh, hot meals nightly.
- Fines Creek Community Association - $3,115 toward supplemental food and MANNA Pantry operating costs.
- Haywood County Health and Human Services Agency - $3,080 to provide new mothers with access to education and infant safety products, including car seats, pack and plays, and diapers.
- Haywood County Meals on Wheels - $3,220 to provide meals to disadvantaged seniors 60 years and older who are homebound, struggling to prepare meals due to physical or mental health challenges, or lack other assistance or resources.
- Haywood Habitat for Humanity - $2,850 from the Mib and Phil Medford Endowment Fund toward the construction of a greenway connecting Haywood Habitat for Humanity's future neighborhood of ten affordable homes on Sylvan Street to the Town of Waynesville’s Chestnut Park, also previously supported by the Medford Fund.
- KARE (Kids Advocacy Resource Effort) - $2,210 to support the Positive Parenting Program that addresses the significant need for parenting outreach resources in rural Haywood County and provides services to families who have been exposed to violence and maltreatment.
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