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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bluegrass still open after successful pleas for community support

After pleading for the support of the Central Kentucky community to help keep the organization’s doors open in January 2012, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass is starting 2013 as a stronger organization. The nonprofit began 2012 with over $100,000 in unpaid bills and faced the real threat of ending its 55 years of service to the local community. Thanks to the support of the Central Kentucky community over the past year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass experienced an estimated $250,000 turnaround, ending 2012 and heading into 2013 on a positive note.

Alan Stein, president of SteinGroup LLC and vice‐chair of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass board of directors, joined the charge in 2012 to help keep the doors to the organization open. 

“In 2012, I stood before this group and said that the community needs Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass, and that we would be doing a disservice to our community if we took away the opportunities this organization provides,” Stein said. “Today, I firmly stand by that statement. It is up to you, me and the rest of our community to come together through financial donations and volunteerism efforts to help support this organization that has made and can continue to make a difference in Central Kentucky.”

While the organization is stronger than it was at this time last year, Eric Ward, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass, urges donors, volunteers and friends in Central Kentucky to continue to give, helping to impact even more lives. 

“We withstood the storm, and as a result, we are a leaner, wiser, more fiscally responsible agency. But without the ongoing financial and volunteer support of the Central Kentucky community, all of our plans, strategies and tactics are meaningless,” Ward said.

In 2012, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass supported approximately 514 youth in Central Kentucky through one‐to‐one mentoring relationships. In 2013, the goal is to increase that number, supporting a minimum of 600 youth. 

“Our pledge to you is that we will reinvest the dollars we raise back into the communities that so generously support us. Without you, none of what we have accomplished or hope to accomplish in the coming months and years would be possible,” Ward added.

As part of their effort to better serve Central Kentucky youth in 2013, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass also plans to roll out a new volunteer recruitment campaign with a focus on the need to recruit more adult males to serve as Big Brothers. Currently, there are over 190 boys on the waiting list to be matched throughout the agency’s service area. “Having more men step up to accept the challenge of serving as a mentor to one of these deserving boys is critically important to us reaching our goals in this upcoming year, “ Stein said.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass has one of its largest fundraising efforts of the year, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, beginning in February and ending in April in various Central Kentucky communities. To find out how you can be a part of this fundraising effort, make a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass or volunteer your time as a mentor, find Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass by clicking here.

From Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass