Direct Energy Confirms its Commitment to Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Youth of Pennsylvania

DE BBBS PA October 2013Direct Energy continually strives to harness its energy expertise so we can make a difference in the communities we serve. We do so through various programs and other investment activities such as the Volunteer Citizen of the Year award program, the Reduce Your Use For Good nonprofit energy efficiency grant program and the Small Business Community Heroes award program. On October 22, Direct Energy furthered its commitment to Pennsylvania by announcing a two-year donation totaling $250,000 to 10 Big Brothers Big Sisters chapters throughout the state.

This community sponsorship will benefit the approximately 2,200 young people who participate in the nonprofit’s programs, which are designed to help them develop the necessary academic, behavioral, and social skills through reading and homework completion. The announcement was made at the capitol building in Harrisburg, PA before an audience of the executive directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies, members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, and other public officials.

Big Brothers Big Sisters serves nearly 10,000 children in mentoring relationships with about 10,000 adult volunteer mentors. The nonprofit provides help to children who need it most, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty, and coping with parental incarceration.

The donation was made possible thanks to PA’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. To learn more about this amazing organization, please visit bbbs.org.

This post was written by Andrea Romo and Julie Hendry, External Relations Specialists for Direct Energy in Pittsburgh, PA.