Big Brothers Big Sisters Program Needs Financial Assistance

Beer & Bigs

Beers & Bigs

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The conversation officially got underway early in 2017 about what a youth mentorship program would be like in Mahaska County. Would a program even be possible was the fundamental question when an informational meeting was held at George Daily Auditorium. By the end of that night, more questions were raised. What would the program fall under? How will it be funded and will that revenue source be sustainable?

That informational meeting indicated there was support for a youth mentorship program within the community, and so organizers continued to look into different options and different programs.

By mid-May, an advisory board had determined that being a Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization would be the best way to go, and not try to reinvent the wheel.

During the May meeting Steve Burnett said, “They [Big Brothers and Big Sisters] are an organization that will allow us to hit the ground running.” Burnett explained that the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program, with their over 100 years of experience, and current staff would help build the program for Oskaloosa, “It’s just hard to beat that.”

As of August, Mahaska County United Way Director Amy Meyer says the program continues to move forward. “We need to raise $30,000 in order to begin the hiring process, and we are about halfway there, thanks in large part to a grant from the Golden Goose Club. We have a fundraising committee working on getting the rest. We’re also working with the George Daily Trust, and hopefully, we’ll have an announcement on that soon. We have been awarded an Americorps VISTA position through the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, which will be starting in November, so we’ll need a Program Coordinator hired by that time.”

Meyer said that a Beers & Bigs event is planned for Saturday, October 7th. “It’s going to be four courses paired with NoCoast brews at On the Green. It’ll be a great opportunity to mingle with some great people and talk about youth mentorship and just have a really great time.”

The program is in the early stages and being a part of the ground floor is still possible. Meyer said, “If you were waiting for the right time to support youth mentorship in Mahaska County, that time is now! We really need people to show their support financially right now, especially since we’re needing to prove to some bigger donors that this is a program that the community really wants and is willing to support. You can send checks to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mahaska County at 500 High Ave West, Oskaloosa, IA 52577. You can get a ticket to Beers & Bigs by calling 641.673.6043.”

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