Perdue Farms supports Big Brothers Big Sisters in Virginia through Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant
Perdue Farms has renewed its commitment to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County through a $10,000 grant from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the company's charitable giving arm. The Foundation awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters a $10,000 grant in 2011.
“Big Brothers Big Sisters stands as a strong advocate in the community for creating meaningful mentor relationships with children in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County communities,” said Kenny Lambert, director of Perdue operations in Bridgewater, Va. “At Perdue, we share in their commitment to making a positive difference in the community, and we’re proud to lend our support through this Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant.”
As an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, each year the local agency serves more youth than any other Virginia-based Big Brothers Big Sisters program. In 2011, the chapter matched 712 children facing adversity in professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships with caring adults.
“We are thankful for our ongoing partnership with Perdue and the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation,” said Susan Totty, executive director of the Big Brothers Big Sisters agency in Harrisonburg. “The funds they have contributed have directly supported nearly 35 matches over the past two years and will have a marked impact on our goal to help build a stronger community, one child at a time.”
Totty explains that mentors provide friendship and support to children, encouraging them to make positive choices so that they may reach their full potential. Big Brothers Big Sisters data show that children enrolled in the local program consistently experience improvements in academic performance, avoidance of risky behaviors, and increased self-esteem.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. To learn more, visit www.bbbshr.org.
About Perdue Farms
Perdue Farms is the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness, and represents the Perdue family ownership. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, through expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE® brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, to our third-generation of family leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained a family-owned, family-operated company dedicated to making Perdue the most-trusted name in food and agricultural products. To learn more about Perdue, visit www.perdue.com™.
About the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. As part of our belief in supporting the communities where and with whom we do business, the Foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of our associates live and work. At Perdue Farms, we believe in responsible food and agriculture™.