Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Indiana (BBBSSWI), amongst 17 other Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliates, has received a grant from Tyson Foods. The goal of this partnership is to allow Tyson to help cover training costs for BBBSSWI employees.
“These funds will significantly help offset our costs for training,” said Dana Wilson, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Indiana. “We are fortunate to have community support from companies like Tyson who understand how to help our agency.”
At the training in June 2019, the BBBSSWI Director of Programs learned important information on developing stronger corporate relationships, in-person donor meetings, and verbiage best practices. “The information in these trainings will help us build stronger relationships which result in more funds to our agency,” says Wilson. “So far this year, our agency has served 248 children. We need to work with our community partners to receive funds to continue to support these children and their mentors.”
Tyson recognizes the importance of what BBBS does for small and rural communities, especially in their footprint, as many of youth served are “Tyson kids.” Building stronger, healthier communities is a commitment Tyson Foods and Big Brothers Big Sisters take very seriously. Tyson Foods, Inc., headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas is one of the world’s largest food companies with leading brands such as Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Sara Lee®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells®, and State Fair®.
Research shows having a caring adult in a child’s life, who is not a guardian, is linked to improved grades and decreased delinquency. These positive relationships have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of the mentors as well as the children.
For more information on how you can get involved, please visit our website at mentoringkids.org/volunteer.