Due to a decrease in funding from several different sources, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities has unfortunately had to suspend its service in eight counties in the area, putting a large damper on their ability to effectively carry out their mission of providing support to their mentoring programs and initiatives in the area.
A decrease in monetary support from various organizations, along with the elimination of a federal grant, has greatly impacted Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities. This has resulted in a drop in the number of youth served from around 2,900 to 2,200, according to reports from President and Chief Executive Gloria Lewis.
While this situation serves as a blow to the organization and its ability to properly serve children and young people in their coverage area, all is not lost. Following reports of the situation in local news media, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities has received an outpouring of support from their constituents and the community.
“This story turned lemons into lemonade,” Lewis said. “The support has been overwhelming from our Bigs, supporters, donors, board and our Littles. This just shows that good quality, long-lasting matches and work outlast anything... steady the path and the results show. We are feeling good, supported and strong!”
Here are some links to local media coverage:
From KSTP News: Big Brothers, Big Sisters Stops Service to Hundreds of Minn. Children
From Pioneer Press: Decrease in funding ends Big Brothers Big Sisters service in 8 counties