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Grant means more Big Brothers and Big Sisters for children


Staff report
Sunday, August 12, 2018

GREENFIELD — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County will be able to expand its mentoring programs this year with a grant of $30,000 from the state.

The state’s budget for the 2019 fiscal year included $750,000 for mentoring programs, like Big Brothers Big Sisters. This money is a major increase over last year’s $400,000, which was the lowest it was since it was 2009 when it was at $750,000, said Jennifer Webster, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County.

“It’s great for us,” Webster said. “Every dollar goes directly into mentoring or into case management to make matches.”

The grant will be used to fund programs that match children with adult mentors, Webster said. Last year, Big Brothers Big Sisters had about 30 children in those programs. Webster said that with this year’s larger grant, Big Brothers Big Sisters should be able to support about 45.

Big Brothers Big Sisters also has programs that match children with high school-age mentors, although those programs cannot be funded with this grant.

Including those programs, Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors about 155 children.