— Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint is among nine Genesee County nonprofits to receive funding from the General Motors Foundation. At a check presentation Aug. 20, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint received $5,000 to strengthen its oneon one mentoring program.
Funding from the GM Foundation will support mentor and mentee recruitment and training efforts, screening, interviewing and matching of program participants and providing enrichment activities for the mentor pairs. The investment from the GM Foundation will benefit youth and families who face great challenges due to poverty, unemployment, homelessness, neighborhood blight, struggling schools. Through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, youth build confidence, improve academic and relationship skills, develop a sense of self and envision their future. The GM Foundation’s allocation will support one percent of the Big Brothers Big Sister’s Community-Based Mentoring budget. At a critical economic climate, this funding is greatly needed and will help sustain services to area children at a time they need them most.
“General Motors and its employees have a long, rich history of supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint through volunteerism and financial support. We are deeply grateful for the continued investment of GM making it possible for area youth to benefit from a positive, caring role model, and changing the way they grow up and prosper in the future,” said Reta V. Stanley, president/ CEO.
The focus of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint is to provide children, primarily from single parent homes, with the friendship of a positive role model. For 66 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been impacting thousands of children in Genesee County through its mentoring outreach and support. Fundraising and mentor recruitment endeavors ensure the increased capacity of the organization to respond to needs in the community. — Natalie Blythe