WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania. A bipartisan resolution introduced by Sen. Toomey and Sen. Casey was unanimously adopted by the Senate last week.
“Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania is a terrific organization that provides invaluable support and mentoring to some of the Delaware Valley’s most vulnerable residents-- at-risk children,” said Sen. Toomey. “I applaud all of the selfless work the group’s volunteers and staffers have performed for the past century to benefit and protect children. My hat is off to James Fitzpatrick and Imani Johnson of my Philadelphia staff who volunteers as Bigs.”
“I’m pleased the Senate has recognized Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania for their tremendous work with youth of all ages for the past century,” said Sen. Casey. “The mentors who dedicate their time to work with at-risk youth are making their community more vibrant and the future of these young people brighter every day.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a national non-profit organization that provides at-risk children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships. Pennsylvania is home to 23 Big Brothers Big Sisters chapters.
In 1915, the Philadelphia Big Brother Association was established. Today, nearly 100 years later, the Philadelphia association has grown into a four-county agency serving both boys and girls and has adopted the name Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania.
This incredible organization supports nearly 3,100 mentoring matches annually using proven methods shown to help participants perform better in school and develop better relationships with their families and peers.