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$14,000 grant boosts Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest received a $14,000 grant from the Comcast Foundation to support two programs: the Back to School Blitz and the Site Based Mentoring Program.

The grant made it possible for Big Brothers Big Sisters to help 30 children get new clothes right before school started this year.

“Many of the children’s families are unable to afford new school clothes, so this is a great support for the families we serve,” said Melissa Smith, spokeswoman for Big Brothers Big Sisters. “It also gives the kids a boost of self-confidence entering the new school year in style.”

The Site Based Mentoring Program connects an elementary school child with an adult volunteer, and the two meet once a week during lunchtime at the school. Because of the Comcast grant, Big Brothers Big Sisters is able to enroll 13 new children into this program.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is currently serving 222 children in Spokane and Kootenai counties. The organization’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally supported one-on-one relationships with adult volunteers.

Said Ken Watts, general manager of Comcast Spokane: “This grant is going to benefit our area for decades to come.”

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