Big Brothers Big Sisters receives $1,000 grant from Hale County - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Big Brothers Big Sisters receives $1,000 grant from Hale County

Provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lubbock

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lubbock has received a $1,000 grant from the Lubbock Area Foundation (LAF) to fund their Mentoring Children of Prisoners program in Hale County. Funds for this grant were provided in part by a grant from the unrestricted funds of the Lubbock Area Foundation, made possible by generous donors since 1981.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a nonprofit organization serving Lubbock for over 40 years by providing mentors to children who are in need of an additional positive role model in their life, supported by professionally trained staff.

The Lubbock Area Foundation grant will be used for the Mentoring Children of Prisoners program. This program specifically targets the children enrolled at the agency that have a parent or other family member that have been or are currently incarcerated. Statistics have shown that children who have a family member or parent who are or have been incarcerated are 70% more likely to become incarcerated as an adult. Children of prisoners are 5 times more likely to commit a violent crime and 58% of the children of prisoners are under 10 years of age. (*Bureau of Justice's Incarcerated Parent and Their Children Statistics.)

Cindy Miller, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Lubbock-Plainview said, "I am very excited to be partnering with the Lubbock Area Foundation in our Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program. We recently lost our federal funding which supported this program." She continued by saying, "I feel our program is blessed to have the support of the community and to be able to continue our work through this program."

Lubbock Area Foundation is a nonprofit­ organization that exists to help people who care about the Lubbock area to invest at any level in its future. As the community foundation for the South Plains, the Lubbock Area Foundation provides a vehicle for building permanent charitable endowments for the benefit­t of this area. Grants are awarded from funds based on the interests of the donor or through an open competitive process that is responsible to the changing needs of our community.

For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters or how you can help support its community efforts, leases call our office at (806) 763-6131.

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