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TCU awards Big Brothers Big Sisters $2,000

Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2018

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana received $2,000 from Teachers Credit Union Foundation. The donation is for program support for both community-based and site-based school buddies programs in Kosciusko and Huntington Counties. Funding from the TCU Foundation will be used for recruiting, screening and training adult volunteers who will be paired in these one-to-one relationships with at-risk children in both counties.

The community-based program is the traditional mentoring effort that pairs children with responsible and consistent adult mentors in the community. The adult volunteer and child share fun activities like playing catch, going to the zoo or baking cookies. These matches meet two to four times each month during the year. The site-based school buddies program matches elementary students with caring adult mentors. Buddies meet once a week for lunch at the child’s school during the academic year. The agenda is simple: eating lunch, doing homework, reading books, playing games or simply spending time together talking about life. The time commitment is small at only one hour, once a week, but the benefit to the child is huge.

The TCU Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1994, to support the credit union vision of being a positive force in the communities served by TCU. As such, the TCU Foundation has awarded nearly $3 million dollars in educational grants, contributions and college scholarships throughout the markets served by TCU. The mission of the TCU Foundation is “To promote financial literacy and empowerment, education and other opportunities and causes supported by the membership, which directly benefit the communities in which TCU operates.” TSU fulfills their mission by promoting the Credit Union philosophy of people helping people, advancing financial literacy and empowerment, connecting people with resources (for education, employment and character building advancement) and building stronger communities. To find out more visit about TCU click online at

Shown in the photo above from left, are Cassie Peyton and Karen Mayer of TCU of Warsaw and Sue Poyner of Winona Lake, a representative of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana.