JAMISON, PA – August 14, 2019 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County (BBBSBC), in collaboration with Customers Bank, is pleased to announce an exciting new program designed to address the fact that there are over 200 youth currently waiting in Bucks County, for a Big to enter their life. The new A Little Time initiative, allows children, currently waiting to be matched, to partake in a small group mentoring experience while the agency works diligently to find the perfect one-to-one mentoring relationship.
“Unfortunately, our Waitlist is well-known by referral sources, parents, and youth alike. “ says Erin Simmons, Director of Program with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County. “We, along with, Big Brothers Big Sisters nationwide all face the same issue; more children than volunteers. Our wait list averages about three years, with many children aging out before they are ever matched. With Customers Bank’s invaluable help in sponsoring this program, we have an opportunity to address this issue while giving these children and prospective volunteers a glance into the satisfying world of Bigs and Littles. All we ask of our volunteers is a minimum commitment of three times a year. This small commitment can go a long way to make a Bigger Impact.”
The A Little Time program will launch in September and meet once a month at off-site locations throughout Bucks County offering a combination of fun and educational experiences. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County’s Program staff will oversee each activity and all volunteers, interested in participating in this program, will need to undergo an on-line training course and in-person interview.
“This is a great way to become engaged with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County and work directly to benefit youth within our community.” States Jonathan Klass, Senior Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager for Customers Bank.
Customers Bank is a super-community bank with $11.2 billion in assets as of June 30, 2019, offering commercial and consumer banking services along the I-95 corridor from Washington, DC to Boston; and in Chicago. Commercial products include cash management; commercial and industrial loans; small business loans; SBA government-guaranteed loans; commercial and multi-family real estate loans; and financing for leasing businesses and residential developers. Customers Bank provides consumer banking services including savings, checking, and money market accounts; certificates of deposit; residential mortgages; and consumer loans. Additional consumer products include “BankMobile Vibe online banking,” marketed by the BankMobile Division and “Ascent Money Market Savings,” marketed by the Customers Bank Digital Banking Division. Customers Bank is a member of the Federal Reserve System with deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Customers Bank is an equal opportunity lender. Customers Bank takes pride in delivering extremely high levels of customer service while charging comparatively very low fees; service that makes our clients say, “Wow.” Commercial clients enjoy Single Point of Contact service with one team to handle all banking needs. Retail bank clients are afforded Concierge Banking® Services that brings banking to them, when and where they need it. Customers Bank, with its headquarters located in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, is a subsidiary of Customers Bancorp, Inc., a bank holding company. The voting common shares of Customers Bancorp, Inc. are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CUBI.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County (BBBSBC) has been providing children facing adversity with professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships for since 1963. Affiliated with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the Bucks County agency has been nationally recognized for providing the highest quality programs. Located in Jamison, Pa.,BBBSBC is a donor supported, volunteer driven organization dedicated to helping Bucks County youth to achieve their full potential. Children matched with mentors gain greater self-confidence, are less likely to engage in risky behaviors—like using alcohol and drugs—and create higher goals for their future. There are over 200 kids on their waiting list, and 70% of them are boys. At Big Brothers Big Sisters, mentoring is not about saving a child, but rather about igniting the power and promise of youth.