Since 1987, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Susquehanna Valley (BBBS) has been creating magic in the lives of children. Over those years, BBBS has helped kids reach their potential through positive adult role models, who encouraged them to set goals and to reach for them through weekly get togethers concentrating on homework, daily activities, and fun. Hundreds of children throughout Lycoming, Montour, Snyder, Union, and Northumberland counties, aged 6-16 have felt the impact of BBBS on their lives.
Over the years, as the economy presented a rollercoaster ride of employment layoffs, business closures, dips in individual investments and future savings, individuals and businesses throughout the communities tightened their financial bootstraps and charitable giving to all non-profit organizations went down. For BBBS, an organization that relies solely on fundraising and gifts from others, the financial picture grew dim. The duty of protecting the children and mentors of the program costs money, including insurances, background checks, social work positions to maintain the matches, and a director to run the program all require financial backing.
Though every measure has been made to tighten BBBS’ financial necessity, including giving up a rental office and having the director work from home, cut backs in the number of workers to complete the mission, and more, it is with heartfelt sadness, the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Susquehanna Valley announce the organization is no longer able to support the monthly finances needed to run the program effectively and to maintain a fulltime staff. As of July 15, the organization will no longer be in operation.
Everyone who has supported the agency through the years, in both big and small ways, through financial donations, the gift of time to plan events to raise funds, to the Bigs and Littles of the program, are to be thanked and commended for the work they have done. There are hundreds of children out there, who as adults, can attest to the change it made in their lives. BBBS could not have done that without you.
The BBBS Board of Directors asks everyone in the community to seriously consider the charities that mean something to their hearts, so none of them have to endure the painful deliberations over whether or not the work can carry on. Continue to support those organizations making a difference so they can prosper long into the future. Give them the resources they need to operate and change lives. Your gifts do make a difference.
The Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Susquehanna Valley -
Ken Altenbach, President
Jeffrey Bennett, Vice President
John Reichard, Treasurer
Deanna Hollenbach, Secretary