PRINCETON, Ind. - Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ohio Valley has partnered with Toyota Indiana to give children in Gibson County the opportunity to have a long-lasting relationship with a mentor. The mentoring program will offer North Gibson School Corporation students a chance to have one-on-one mentoring sessions during the school day.
Toyota Indiana donated $30,000 to BBBSOV to launch this program in Gibson County. The money raised will be matched dollar for dollar from community partners up to an additional $30,000.
“We are so excited to be able to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters to offer a much-needed program in our county”, said Kelly Dillon, manager of External Affairs at Toyota Indiana. “Too many children are growing up without an adult to tell them they can be successful. And engaging our community is the most important piece of this program to help it be sustainable and successful.”
"The foundation of our mission is the long-lasting relationship built between a child and a caring adult so program sustainability is critical for the children we serve," said, Anna Hargis, BBBSOV Executive Director.
To kick off the fundraising campaign and create a new satellite office, BBBSOV and Toyota Indiana will host Bowl for Kids’ Sake Saturday, Oct. 25, at Gibson Lanes in Princeton. Individuals, businesses, civic organizations and schools are invited to be a part of the inaugural event. Team captains should recruit five people for their team and each person is asked to reach the goal of $50. No registration fees will be charged. All proceeds go directly to BBBS in Gibson County. Sign up for Bowl for Kids' Sake or make a donation online at www.gobiggibson.org
. Donations can also be mailed to BBBSOV, 101 Plaza East Blvd., Suite 315, Evansville, IN 47715, Attn: Gibson County.
Children are more likely to succeed in school and in life when they have a trusted adult supporting them. The challenges faced by children in our community are daunting. A mentor can be the difference between a child graduating high school to become a contributing adult or one more statistic and news story. Last year, 87 percent of local children surveyed agreed that their mentor gave them a good idea about solving a problem; 75 percent of guardians surveyed agreed their child has improved self-confidence.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network. With over 300 agencies, BBBS holds itself accountable for children in their programs to achieve measurable outcomes such as educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, 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.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ohio Valley
BBBSOV operates out of its main office in Evansville with satellite offices in Henderson, Tell City, and Mt. Vernon. These offices serve children in Vanderburgh, Warrick, Henderson, Perry, Spencer, and Posey Counties. Last year, 427 local children were supported in the BBBSOV mentoring programs.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in North America in 1957 and currently operates 14 manufacturing plants. More than 1,800 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships in North America sold over 2.3 million vehicles in 2012. Toyota directly employs nearly 39,000 people in North America and its investment here is currently valued at more than $24.5 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design. Toyota's annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services from North American suppliers totals nearly $30 billion. Toyota currently produces 12 vehicles in North America, including the Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Matrix, RAV4, Sienna, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza and the Lexus RX 350. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyota.com or www.toyotanewsroom.com
About Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana
Toyota Indiana began production in Princeton, Ind., in 1998. Today, Toyota Indiana employs about 4,700 team members from the Tri-State who build the Sequoia full-size sport utility vehicle, Sienna minivan and Highlander and Highlander Hybrid midsize sport utility vehicles. Toyota’s total investment at the Princeton, Ind., plant is $3.9 billion.