Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee has received a $1,500 gift from the Tennessee Valley Authority to help provide mentoring and other support services for youth in Cheatham County.
TVA officials, State Rep. Phillip Johnson and County Mayor David McCullough presented a check on Friday to Diane Frey, RSVP program director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee in a small ceremony at the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Cheatham County office.
Frey said the funds will be used to interview, screen, and conduct background checks on the program’s increasing number of volunteer mentors. “This gift will help us provide mentors who encourage children to overcome low self esteem, lack of confidence, poor school performance, and other problems,” Frey said. ”We are grateful for TVA’s continued investment.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters works with children, mentors, parents and teachers to ensure a quality mentoring relationship. The school-based program also works closely with guidance counselors and teachers to identify children most in need and to establish goals for the child.
“TVA’s community support will help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee improve the lives of Cheatham County youths,” said Johnson, whose district includes Cheatham and part of Montgomery and Williamson counties. “The services provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee are invaluable to our community and I am appreciative for TVA’s support to Cheatham County,” said McCullough.
Corporate contributions are part of TVA’s service mission and include special emphasis on education, economic development, and human services activities that improve quality of life for people of the TVA region.
“Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee is a great organization, and TVA supports their commitment to help youths in their local communities,” said Amy Arnold-Martin, TVA Valley Relations Manager for Middle Tennessee.
To learn more about supporting the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters, visit www.mentorakid.org or call (615) 329-9191.
Gathering for the TVA check presentation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, from left: Rep. Phillip Johnson; Diane Treadway, Big Brothers Big Sisters; Amy Arnold-Martin, TVA; Cheatham County Mayor David McCullough; Rochelle Fuller, Big Brothers Big Sisters; Lowell Perry, Jr. – CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee; Diane Frey and Elke McLeroy, Big Brothers Big Sisters.