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Colchester United Way and Big Brothers Big Sisters joins forces for Back to School program

United Way of Colchester County Back to School Coordinator Hannah Crouse, left, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester Community Relations Coordinator Anna Rutherford filled backpacks with school supplies. The backpacks are distributed through the United Way’s Back to School program.
United Way of Colchester County Back to School Coordinator Hannah Crouse, left, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester Community Relations Coordinator Anna Rutherford filled backpacks with school supplies. The backpacks are distributed through the United Way’s Back to School program. - Contributed

About 300 students will benefit from a backpack program as they head back to school.

The United Way’s Back to School Program provides backpacks full of supplies to children in need from grades primary to 12, and for the last two years Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester has been a leading sponsor.

“Our Helping Others community grant was created to support programs just like this,” said Big Brother Big Sisters Executive Director Michelle Misener. “The mandate of the Helping Others grant is to provide funding to community groups who provide a service that has a significant and positive impact on children and youth (ages 6-19) in the Colchester East Hants catchment area.”

This is the 22nd year of operation for the Back to School program. Terry Hearn, executive director of United Way of Colchester, said the Big Brothers Big Sisters contribution has allowed more children and families to be helped during the last two years.

The Big Bucks fundraiser provided money for the creation of the grant.

Earlier this year the Vital Signs report was released, and it indicated that 23 per cent of children in Colchester County are living in poverty. The Vital Signs report was a collaboration between the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia (CFNS) and the United Way of Colchester County, with input from community members. 

 “We believe in moving people out of poverty and helping children reach their full potential by providing the necessary services and supports,” said Hearn. “Having Big Brother Big Sisters contribute in the way they do certainly helps us reach those goals.”

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