Everyone loves the feeling of giving, arguably even more than receiving! Guelph not only has incredible businesses but also outstanding charities and we are so thankful that we are able to support their work due to our volunteer delivery drivers each week. $5 from every Guelph Box is donated to a local charity and this week $1700 is being donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph all thanks to all of you purchasing Guelph Boxes! When asked about the direct impact of this donation this is the story that was told.
At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph, we provide life-changing mentoring relationships that ignite the power and potential of all young people. Through one-to-one and group-based programs, adult mentors (Bigs) volunteer their time with local children (Littles) between the ages of 6-17. As a result of these mentoring relationships, children achieve improved social emotional competence, mental health and wellness, and educational engagement and employment readiness. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, matches have not been meeting in-person, and rather, pivoted their relationship into opportunities for virtual engagement. Community support for mentoring programs is critical right now as BBBS is ensuring that children have a caring and consistent adult in their lives at all times and during this period of social isolation. Your support is helping more than 700 local children realize their full potential.
Madison and Keenah, who have wonderfully pivoted their match relationship into a virtual connection. They were featured by GuelphToday.com a couple of weeks ago, Their relationship perfectly reflects how BBBSG is operating during this time, and how critical mentoring is for a child’s development. The first picture is from earlier in their match (pre-COVID 19) and the second one is from one of their “virtual” connections.
Every week a different charity benefits from your generosity, Guelph! Thank you for continuing to support Guelph Box and continuing to support the critical work in our community.