At its Annual Meeting tonight at the Petoskey Bay View Country Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters will receive a grant award for $3,500 from the Hestia Women’s Giving Circle.

Hestia is a group of local women who started making grants in 2007 and is committed to making a difference in the lives of women and girls in Emmet and Charlevoix Counties.  The group’s mission “to promote economic self-sufficiency and well-being for women and girls”, is a direct parallel to that of Big Brothers Big Sisters “providing professionally supported adult mentors to help them change their lives for the better”.

“We are so thankful to the Hestia Women’s Giving Circle for providing these dollars to support young women in the Charlevoix and Petoskey area”, said Executive Director, Cecilia Chesney.  “These grant dollars will go directly toward our program and expose these young women to college and career-focused resources and opportunities, empowering them to consider education beyond high school as a realistic option.”

“All they need is just a little extra support and guidance, and they’ll do great”, she said.

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Thanks to Cherryland Electric Cooperative members who participate in “Operation Round Up” and choose to round up their monthly electrical bill to the nearest dollar, Cherryland Cares has awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters with $6,000 to arrange academic tutoring for some very-deserving kids in the program.

Cherryland Cares is a five-member board, made up of coop members who distribute grants to area nonprofit agencies from money derived through the “Operation Round-Up” program.

“We are so thankful to Cherryland Electric Cooperative for giving us the opportunity to arrange tutoring for some of our kids who desperately want and need it”, said Executive Director, Cecilia Chesney, “All they need is just a little extra support and guidance, and they’ll do great”, she said.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Michigan is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a $8,000 Community Investment Grant from the Char/Em United Way. The funds from this grant will go towards supporting mentoring relationships throughout Charlevoix and Emmet Counties.

In May, the Char/Em United Way Grant Committee reviewed grant applications from several non-profits in the area. BIGS was selected to receive funding in the United Way’s Funding Priority area of Education, which focuses on helping children and youth achieve their potential. BIGS will recruit mentors to work with children one-on-one throughout the year in both school and community settings. The goal is to serve 110 children over the course of the grant.

Anyone interested in being a Big Brother or Big Sister is encouraged to call BIGS at 231-313-7323, or visit us at our Petoskey office at 2350 Mitchell Park Drive.

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 Saturday, August 20, 2016

10am - 5pm

Pennsylvania Park

Petoskey, MI

Join us in the historical Pennsylvania Park in Petoskey for our annual BIG Art Show! In fact, make it a day full of adventure in Petoskey - you can enjoy the day finding treasures provided by the talented artisans in our show, stroll around the beautiful downtown area and take in the offerings of the Festival on the Bay!

Interested in being a vendor? We still have a few booth openings! To apply, click here.

Check out some of these amazing artists: My Michigan RootsBesteman Creations, Mi'Scents by MicheleThe New EweTree Trunk ArtsCoppertime Sprinkers, Jasper Shore Jewelers, Harwood Gold, Designs by Wallington, Pam's Pantry and Coastal Sands Graphics.

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The Consumers Energy Foundation has contributed $3,500 to help Big Brothers Big Sisters support children in need with a caring adult volunteer mentor.

The funds will be used as part of the agency’s Corporate Adopt-A-Match Program to provide mentors to children currently on the waiting list.

“We are committed to helping build a strong future for Michigan’s communities, and supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters is an excellent example of how we can do that,” said Doug DeYoung, Consumers Energy area manager. “We are pleased that our contribution will help connect caring adult role models with children in our community.”

“It’s partnerships like these that help keep our program growing strong”, said Executive Director, Cecilia Chesney.  “We rely on the local community to support our program, and are so grateful to Consumers for their support”, she said.

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