Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters embarked on an innovative and thrilling fundraising event that sent rappellers “Over the Edge.” Seventy two participants rappelled down the Downtown Holiday Inn building to help raise awareness and money to continue to match young people with a mentor. The mission of Heartland BBBS is to help kids overcome challenges every day. Some of these kids face more obstacles before going to school in the morning than we can even imagine. This event is our way to challenge ourselves to really help them.
“Being a BIG sister has been one of the most positive experiences I have ever had. Rappelling down the side of the Holiday Inn to honor my little, Heidi, and all that she has faced and overcome in her life was a perfect connection. I was scared and overwhelmed; but with the help of friends and family, took the challenge head on and ended up with a huge sense of pride and accomplishment! What a great event!” said Jade Hood, Big Sister and Branch Manager of UBT’s branch near 48th & Holdrege.
Each participant had to raise $1,000, which is the cost of supporting one match for a year. Union Bank & Trust partnered as the presenting sponsor of the event along with other community businesses to make the event a success. More than $80,000 was raised, which will help Heartland BBBS in its continued quest to match children with role models who provide support and friendship through a long-term relationship. The local chapter currently serves around 400 adult-youth matches annually with an additional 150 youth on a waiting list. Youth served by the local chapter range in age from 6 to 18-year olds and reside in Southeast Nebraska.
Statistics show that youth involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters experience great improvement in their personal and academic lives as well as reduced involvement in high-risk activities. To become a Big Brother or Big Sister or support the agency in other ways, call (402) 464-2227 or check out www.hbbbs.org.