Cody, WY – February 21, 2013 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Wyoming received a $5,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS. The grant will be used for volunteer recruitment in Park, Hot Springs, Washakie and Big Horn Counties.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Wyoming oversees youth mentoring programs throughout the Big Horn Basin by providing free mentoring services to children from all backgrounds that are in need of an additional positive adult role model. This one-to-one relationship is proven to help children to do better in school, avoid drugs and violence, and establish new goals for themselves. Currently, Big Brothers Big Sisters supports over 80 matches in the Big Horn Basin. They are excited for this grant because it will be an enormous help in matching the 47 kids who are waiting to be matched with the perfect mentor to START Something in their lives.
CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Wyoming, Lisa Beamer said, “We are thrilled to continue our relationship with UPS through this UPS Foundation grant. We have been so blessed to have volunteer support from the local UPS offices, and now this grant is just a welcome and wonderful honor. As an agency we have been able to call the UPS drivers and managers anytime we need help and they have truly made themselves available. They are a wonderful partner.”
Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, GA., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the areas for giving: nonprofit effectiveness, encouraging diversity, community safety and environmental sustainability.
In 2011, The UPS Foundation distributed more than $45.3 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations or programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and provide support for building stronger communities.
“The UPS Foundation is committed to funding impactful program that make a meaningful difference in our communities – so we are proud to support Big Brothers Big Sisters efforts to promote volunteerism and match the waiting youth,’said Ken Sternad, president of The UPS Foundation.