Mentoring Money

Comcast gives $10,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 5:00 a.m. CDT
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Posing with an over-sized check representing Comcast’s donation are, from left, State Rep. Elect Natalie Manley, Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Lisa Morel Las, Comcast Community Affairs Manager Gwendolyn McNutt, Comcast Government Affairs Manager Noreen Ligino-Kubinski, former Little Brother/Super Bowl champion Darrin Smith and Will County Executive Larry Walsh.

JOLIET, Ill. – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Comcast Foundation to support their one-to-one mentoring program.

Comcast Community Affairs Manager Gwendolynn McNutt and Comcast Government Affairs Manager Noreen Ligino-Kubinski of Comcast presented the $10,000 grant at the agency’s recent donor and supporter thank you event featuring former Little Brother and Super Bowl championship linebacker Darrin Smith.

As a United Way partner agency, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties operates under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families, or households where a parent is incarcerated.

“This generous donation, as well as Comcast’s past financial support, gives us the ability to provide vital services to the children and families we serve in Will, Grundy, Kankakee and Iroquois counties,” said Lisa Morel Las, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Comcast’s grant making program is one of several community investment initiatives under way at the company designed to foster efforts to close the digital divide and increase digital literacy, youth development and enrichment programs and community volunteerism. In 2012, Comcast provided more than $10 million in direct and in-kind donations to community-based organizations throughout the region, which includes the Chicago area, central and northern Illinois, northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan.

“Comcast congratulates Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties and is pleased to support the organization in its efforts to improve the lives of children and families in Will, Grundy, Kankakee and Iroquois Counties,” said John Crowley, Comcast’s regional senior vice president.

As a member of the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”).

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a system of ongoing evaluation and support that is proven by independent studies to help families by improving the odds that “Littles” will perform better in school and avoid violence and illegal activities, and have stronger relationships with their parents and others.

For more information, visit www.bbbswillgrundy.org or call (815) 723-BBBS.

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