• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida Receives $13,900 Grant from the Arby’s Foundation

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    October 04, 2021
    The Arby’s Foundation has committed $500,000 to support every community where Arby’s has a restaurant, including Northwest Florida. The Northwest Florida-area Arby’s team is proud to have selected Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) as a recipient of a $13,900 grant to support its mentoring programs from Pensacola to Panama City. In total, the Arby’s Foundation anticipates giving out nearly 200 local grants across the U.S.

    “I have been with Big Brothers Big Sisters for 24 years and this partnership has impacted and changed many,” says BBBSNWFL President and CEO Paula Shell. “From a simple roast beef sandwich to those famous curly fries, relationships are built in our local stores between our Bigs and Littles and between Arby’s team members and our Matches. It’s a connection that will last forever.”

    The funds from the grant will be used to fund BBBSNWFL’s mentoring programs from Pensacola to Panama City. This includes extensive background screenings for volunteers (Bigs), volunteer training and orientation, and professional case management so that no match is left unsupported

    From 1990 to 2010, Arby’s was Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s longest standing corporate partner, supporting the Big Brothers Big Sisters mission for over 20 years, and giving more than 30 million dollars to Big Brothers Big Sisters. In 2018 the partnership renewed, bringing together Big Brothers Big Sisters, Junior Achievement, and No Kid Hungry, giving them the ability to have greater impact on a child’s wellbeing by addressing youth leadership and career readiness in addition to childhood hunger.
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