Serving as the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in Rockland County, Big Brothers Big Sisters has announced a $3,500 gift from First Niagara Bank Foundation. This gift supports its leading one-to-one mentoring youth services.
“Our county is fortunate to have organizations like First Niagara that show the true testimony of caring,” said Gillian Ballard, President and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rockland County. “We are grateful for its contribution towards making a positive, direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rockland County has made an impact on the County for over 28 years. Fully screened, professionally supported adult mentors are matched in a partnership with a young adult for assisting in personal goal setting, promoting academic achievement, and offering inspiration to grow into healthy productive adults. These one-to-one programs are a preventive approach to resistance and avoidance of negative peer influences, anti-social behavior, delinquency, criminal activities, substance/ alcohol abuse, school violence and street gang involvement/membership.
“At First Niagara, we believe mentoring matters – that a caring adult can make a huge difference in the life of an at-risk child. Through our Mentoring MattersSM initiative, we provide support to organized youth mentoring programs in all our markets,” said Sara Tucker, First Vice President, Regional Team Leader, Hudson Valley Business Banking for First Niagara. “We are proud to help the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rockland County empower today’s youth to become all they can be tomorrow.”
As one of the largest banks in the region, First Niagara now has nearly 430 branches in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts, and 26 branches in the Hudson Valley, including Blauvelt, New City, Nyack, Pearl River, Spring Valley, Stony Point, Suffern and Tappan.
About First Niagara
First Niagara, through its wholly owned subsidiary, First Niagara Bank, N.A., is a multi-state community-oriented bank with nearly 430 branches, approximately $38 billion in assets, $29 billion in deposits, and approximately 6,000 employees providing financial services to individuals, families and businesses across Upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.firstniagara.com.