Chevron supports Big Brothers Big Sisters
–Chevron Corporation awarded a $3,000 grant to the Big Brothers Big Sisters countywide one-to-one mentoring program. The funding from Chevron, combined with additional sources, allows the agency to serve over 260 children throughout the county by pairing vulnerable local youth with quality adult role models. Executive Director Anna Boyd-Bucy said “A nationwide study conducted for Big Brothers Big Sisters by Harris Interactive finds that adults who were involved as children in our program are better educated, wealthier, and report stronger relationships with their spouses, children, and friends. Our program seeks to break the cycle of low education and poverty by serving youth most at risk.”
The local agency, which is based out of San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles, conducts targeted volunteer recruitment, screening and matching, as well as ongoing support for volunteers, children, and families, ensuring child safety to sustain successful long-term relationships. For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Most children they serve are in single-parent, low-income families or in households where a parent is incarcerated. As a part of the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, they make meaningful, monitored friendships between adult volunteers and children. Funding provides for a system of ongoing evaluation and support that is proven by independent studies to help families by improving the odds that participating children will perform better in school, avoid violence and illegal activities, and have stronger relationships with their parents and others. For more information on volunteering or contributing to Big Brothers Big Sisters, call (805) 781-3226, or donate online.