Central Arizona organization awarded $100,000 grant

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona announced a $100,000 grant received from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust Sept. 21.

The funds will be used to further the work of Big and Little matches as well as assist in making new matches.

Amidst today’s climate due to the pandemic, the youth of BBBSAZ are in uncharted territories. They are lacking access to in-person social networks and having a caring adult mentor to help them navigate this changing atmosphere is pivotal to development.

“The youth in our community need the support of a caring adult now more than ever before. Funding like this allows us to continue our work with our current matches while providing us with the flexibility to support new initiatives like virtual mentoring,” President and CEO of BBBSAZ, Laura Capello said. “We are thrilled to partner with the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust during these unprecedented times.”

BBBSAZ has added a virtual component during COVID-19 so that Bigs and Littles can still meet on a regular basis, furthering the relationships. Virtually, they gather to play games, do homework, or simply talk through issues together. It is imperative to maintain these relationships in such a time of uncertainty.

“We’re happy to provide this support at a time when it can do the most good.” President and CEO of Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Gene D’Adamo said.

Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust has awarded more than $331 million to 1,005 organizations since it began making grants in 1998.

Learn more about BBBSAZ here.

Learn more about Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust here.