As part of its commitment to building stronger communities, Perdue Farms, through the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, has renewed its support of local youth with a $10,000 grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County, Va. The Foundation has awarded $30,000 in endowments to Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2011.

"Perdue and the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation continue to serve as vital partners in our efforts to help build a stronger community by increasing the odds that children facing adversity in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County achieve success," said Susan Totty, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters. "Their contributions have directly sponsored over 50 one-to-one mentoring relationships over the past three years. We look forward to continuing our collaborations to help local children reach their full potential."


According to Totty, the funds will be used to support matches in the Big Brothers Big Sisters School/Site-Based Mentoring Program. Matches in this program meet at the child's school or an approved after school site for one hour each week. Matches may do such things as have lunch together, go to recess, play games, work on homework or make crafts. "In the end, the program is about providing guidance and building a child's confidence to help foster an eagerness to learn and succeed," said Totty.

"At Perdue, we're proud to stand side by side with Big Brothers Big Sister as advocates for fostering positive mentoring relationships with children in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County communities," said Kenny Lambert, director of Perdue operations in Bridgewater, Va. Lambert serves on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Board and Resource Development Committee. "I've seen firsthand the impact a mentor can have in the life of a child, and am proud that our company is continuing its support in the local community through this Foundation funding."