Big Brothers Big Sisters needs a little financial help
Posted July 23
Morrisville, N.C. — Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Triangle says it needs more financial support from area residents as it struggles with deep budget cuts.
The organization, which has matched more than 600 children in Wake, Durham and Orange counties with mentors, has lost nearly $350,000 in federal funding in the last two years, and donations from foundations have slowed.
Chief Executive Kim Breeden said she's been forced to cut six staff positions and move Big Brothers Big Sisters to smaller offices to cut costs. But that jeopardizes some mentoring relationships at a time when more than 250 children are on a waiting list for mentors, she said.
"We're asking the community to step up," Breeden said Wednesday. "Everyone that has been part of our community most likely has had a mentor in their life, and we know the importance of having someone to be there for you."
The children whom Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteers mentor are less likely to skip school or use drugs or alcohol, she said.
Anyone who would like to donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters can visit the organization's website or can mail a check to the offices at 909 Aviation Parkway, Suite 1500, Morrisville, NC 27560. Anyone who would like to become a mentor can fill out an online application.