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Big Brothers Big Sisters Receives Neighborhood Grant

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cumberland & Salem Counties has received a $10,000 neighborhood grant from Rite Aid Healthy Futures to continue advancing its important mission focused on creating and supporting one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

Part of its overall Empowering Children signature initiative for Rite Aid Healthy Futures, the Neighborhood Grants help nonprofits address the toughest health and wellness challenges facing kids today.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cumberland & Salem Counties joins 370 other grassroots organizations who have each received a $10,000 grant for general operations. The funds will help them continue to deliver critical services as inflation, food insecurity, troubling mental health trends and other converging factors impact children.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cumberland & Salem Counties will use the Neighborhood Grant to help the youth experience an increase in self-confidence, achieve higher aspirations, avoid risky behavior, and enjoy greater social acceptance. The organization knows that when youth succeed, communities grow stronger. Together with Rite Aid Healthy Futures, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cumberland & Salem Counties aim to build a kinder and more equitable place in which our community can thrive.

The organization’s President/CEO, Donna Bennett shares the impact of this Neighborhood Grant: “Through our programs, we advance overall wellness for underserved youth as our volunteer mentors and professional support help them achieve greater academic success, set higher aspirations, build healthier relationships, and avoid risky behaviors. We are honored to have financial support from Rite Aid Healthy Futures so we can continue to reach youth from all neighborhoods throughout Cumberland and Salem Counties.”

The grants are funded through the KidCents customer fundraising program, which allows Rite Aid customers to round up their purchases in-store and online to support children’s health and wellness.

By rounding up their nickels, dimes and quarters, millions of Rite Aid customers contribute to local charities restoring hope, resiliency and self-esteem in children.

“Children today face acute and converging crises across a range of fields that adversely impact their quality of life,” said Matt DeCamara, executive director of Rite Aid Healthy Futures. “Thanks to the generosity of Rite Aid customers, these hyperlocal organizations can continue to provide much needed programs and services steadying the course for children today and guiding them toward promising tomorrows.”