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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County Recognized Nationally

GREENFIELD — The Nationwide Leadership Council of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America recently recognized Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) agencies who have achieved success in 2014. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County Inc. is one of 10 winners of the Gold Standard Award, given to 5% of agencies nationally.

The Gold Standard Award recognizes agencies that have not only met national criteria for demonstrating quality in their programs, but also increased their revenue by at least 5% and grew their overall annual number of children served in 2014.

According to Executive Director Danielle Letourneau-Therrien, “this award highlights how hard the staff works to provide quality mentoring to our area’s children. We already know the hard work is paying off when we see the children we serve. It’s a terrific honor to be recognized by our peers as well.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County, Inc. joins felllow winners BBBS of Metropolitan Chicago, BBBS of Greater Kansas City, BBBS of Metro Milwaukee Inc., BBBS of Tampa Bay Inc., BBBS of the Bluegrass Inc., BBBS of Greater Pittsburgh Inc., BBBS of Santa Barbara County, BBBS of Southern Minnesota, and BBBS of the Greater Miami Valley.

For more than 45 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County has provided one-to-one mentoring to the children of Franklin County and the North Quabbin towns of Athol, Phillipston, Royalston, and Petersham. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County is a full member agency of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, meeting more than 150 required standards and procedures for full member status, and is also a United Way of Franklin County partner agency and a quality-based member partner with Mass Mentoring Partnership in Boston.

As a Gold Standard Award winner, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County has been invited to apply for both the Agency of the Year and Board of the Year awards at the national level. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County will be recognized at Big Brothers Big Sisters National Conference being held on June 2 and 3 in Philadelphia.

To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County, visit www.bbbs-fc.org or call (413) 772-0915.

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