Sunflower Bank reached its goal to raise $50,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Beginning July 1, and lasting through Sept. 30, Sunflower Bank engaged with customers in each of our communities to use the purchasing power created with the “swipe” of their debit card to support their community through Big Brothers Big Sisters.
“We understand that reaching one child with a mentor can have a long-lasting and profound impact on that child, their family, and the community,” commented Mollie Carter, President and CEO of Sunflower Bank. “Teaming up with Big Brothers Big Sisters is part of a larger plan at Sunflower Bank to create possibility and make a difference in the lives of others and the communities we serve.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters operates under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Statistics prove it is making an impact. Eighty nine percent of youth in the program improve their ability to avoid risky behavior and 95% see improvement in educational success. “The support of individuals and business partners, such as Sunflower Bank, allows us to make a difference in the lives of children, breaking the cycles of poverty and adversity,” commented Mary Shannon, Chief Development Officer, Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters. “We know that these numbers represent more than statistics.”
The money raised will be used to fulfill needs and make a difference to youth living locally within the Kansas and Colorado communities. With more than 100 years of commitment to people, this represents one of the many initiatives on the part of Sunflower Bank to strengthen communities.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes such as educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course. The Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Survey substantiates that its mentoring programs have proven, positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency, and college or job readiness.
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 110-year history. With more than 300 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves nearly 170,000 children, their families and 170,000 volunteer mentors. Learn more at www.BigBrothersBigSisters.org.