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Big Brothers Big Sisters receives grant of $10,100

The Grainger Foundation has donated $10,100 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana.

“This grant will be used to help put kids in need on the path to success by providing them with a mentor,” Josette Rider, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana, said in a written statement.

“Currently, more than 70 percent of our ‘Littles’ waiting are boys, yet only about 30 percent of our volunteers are men.

“We are going to use this money to help match new kids with a mentor, with an emphasis on matching these boys to provide hope for their futures.”

The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation in Lake Forest, Ill., was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc.

“We are proud to recommend the programs offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters,” said Clint Foor, Grainger branch manager. “We understand the need for one-to-one mentoring in our local community and are strongly behind it as an avenue to help our youth.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana is a nonprofit organization that serves children in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells, and Whitley counties in Indiana and Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph counties in Michigan.