ROCK SPRINGS – The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation has awarded a $2,500 grant to YWCA Big Brothers Big Sisters, a one-to-one youth mentoring program. Big Brothers Big Sister has been serving Sweetwater County since 1983, as a part of the YWCA since 1993, and is an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. BBBS develops and maintains long-term mentoring friendships between a screened adult volunteer and young people aged 6-16.
Any young person who is in need of an additional, positive role model in their lives is eligible for the program. The adult and young person commit to helping build the friendship with each other and with the support of BBBS staff. Each agrees to spend regular amounts of time together. What they do is less important than that they are doing it together.
“Rocky Mountain Power Foundation is pleased to support this program to assist youth in our community.” – Said Craig Nelson, Rocky Mountain Power customer and community manager.
Funds from the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation Grant will assist in providing staff/volunteer training, youth activities and purchasing school supplies for program participants.
“Last year the Littles really enjoyed going school shopping. It was a great lesson in budgeting and they look forward to participating again in the fall”. Said Melinda Baas, Program Director for YWCA BBBS.
Since 1976, the YWCA of Sweetwater County has been providing services for the betterment of people’s lives. The Mission of the YWCA is to empower women, eliminate racism and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The organization is a non-profit organization and is registered as a 501(c)3 entity. The YWCA of Sweetwater County is a member of the YWCA USA, and World YWCA. Services are provides through the Early Care and Learning Center, Support and Safe House, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Sweetwater County Family Justice Center.
The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation is part of the PacifiCorp Foundation, one of the largest utility- endowed foundations in the United States. The foundation was created in 1988 by PacifiCorp, an electric utility serving 1.8 million customers in six Western states as Rocky Mountain Power (Utah, Wyoming and Idaho) and Pacific Power (Oregon, Washington and California). The foundations’ mission, through charitable investments, is to support the growth and vitality of the communities served by Rocky Mountain Power and Pacific Power.
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