In just the first two weeks, Publix customers have already donated enough supplies for over 600 students in need. Each donation is valued at an estimated $6 per student, making the overall value of the program over $3,500 so far. Over 40 volunteers are picking up the donated school supplies from local Publix stores and bringing them to BBBS headquarters on Kirk Road in West Palm Beach. BBBS will work with the Palm Beach School District to get the supplies to children who need them.
“This amazing program will allow us to help local children start their school year off right,” said BBBS President and CEO William P. Bee, Jr. “Judging from the donations we have received so far, we anticipate the opportunity to help over a thousand children in our community through the School Tools for Cool Kids Program. This is a perfect example of how businesses can impact the lives of the people in their markets. We are grateful to have such committed organizations such as Publix Super Markets and Comcast in our community.”
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties
BBBS provides children facing adversity aged 6-17 with volunteer mentors who serve as positive role models. Since 1986 the organization has provided mentors to children in Martin County and since July 2010 in Palm Beach County. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) recognized the Martin County organization in 2007 as one of the 35 best performing agencies nationwide. BBBSA recognized CEO William P. Bee Jr. as “CEO of the Year- Small Agency Category” in 2007. South Florida Business Leader Magazine ranked BBBS in 2009 and again in 2010 as one of the top 100 South Florida small businesses. Visit www.mentorbig.org to learn more.
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Vision: All children achieve success in life.
Mission: Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.