After 50 years serving children and youth in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Georgian Triangle (BBBSGT) will be closing its doors.
The agency said in a statement that over the past few years there has been a significant deterioration in the financial situation of the organization due to fundraising challenges and the revenue from fundraising events has not kept up with the costs to run its programs.
Demand for services from the community far exceeded what BBBSGT said was the financial capacity to provide them. The agency said over the past few months the Board of Directors has made significant effort to access critical investment from the public sector, private sector, and the community in order to keep the organization’s doors open. The statement notes these efforts did not lead to the funds necessary to sustain services.
BBSGT said it is proud of the impact the agency has had on young people in the Georgian Triangle, and praised mentors who taught by example the importance of volunteering and giving back, of staying in school, and of former healthy relationships with family members and peers.
The agency said throughout the 50 years, dedicated volunteer mentors have provided life-changing mentoring relationships to hundreds of children and youth over the decades.