Members of Access Credit Union in Altona hand over a big cheque to Kerri Bennett, mentoring coordinater for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Altona.
The Altona branch of Access Credit Union recently donated $5,676 to Big Brothers Big Sisters Altona for programming and operations.
The money was raised through the local branches’ Jeans Day fundraiser, with Access Credit Union matching employee donations.
A total of 27 employees contributed a minimum of $2 per week, to wear jeans in support of the local charity. Big Brothers Big Sisters is grateful to receive this donation to help expand mentoring services in Altona.
Big Brothers Big Sisters started the first mentoring match in Altona approximately one year ago.
Matches initially began with in-school mentoring and have now expanded to include community matches.
Community matches can be supported by individuals or couples.
The organization continues to look for volunteers in the Altona area. A commitment of one hour per week can make a big impact in the life of a young person.
The friendship and mentoring relationship has significant benefits for both the volunteer and the child/youth.
Statistics indicate that youth in mentoring relationships are two times more likely to have high academic achievement, 50% less likely to have behaviour problems, and four times less likely to be a bully.
The benefits are felt by both mentor and mentee as they develop a friendship for life.
Any inquiries regarding volunteering, or to have a child/youth placed on the waiting list can be directed to Kerri Bennett at email@example.com