Delta Dental of Tennessee has presented a $15,000 investment to the Tennessee Big Brothers Big Sisters Alliance supporting a statewide initiative helping mentor children across the state.
The statewide association is a collaboration between Big Brothers Big Sisters chapters in Nashville, Clarksville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Memphis all seeking to work together in administering large scale programs providing children facing adversity with a mentor.
The Alliance was formed when the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services granted the initial Mentoring Children of Prisoners grant seven years ago creating the Amachi program in Tennessee serving children with incarcerated parents. Since then, other governmental agencies have followed with financial support, but this donation by Delta Dental of Tennessee represents the first corporate investor in the Alliance.
“Everyone with Big Brothers Big Sisters statewide applauds the vision of Delta Dental of Tennessee to support and positively impact the lives of children across our state,” said Carlyle Carroll, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. “We are also so glad that Delta Dental has chosen to announce this investment during National Mentoring Month when folks all across the country are doing what they can to support mentoring.”
In addition to the funding, Delta Dental of Tennessee is providing toothbrushes to children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters programs next month in honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month. Volunteers who serve as Big Brothers and Big Sisters to children in the program encourage many healthy habits such as proper nutrition, exercise, and oral hygiene through their involvement in their Little Brother or Sister’s lives.
Big Brothers Big Sisters improves children’s chances for succeeding in school, behaving nonviolently, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and breaking negative cycles. Delta Dental is passionate about oral health and its importance to future generations.
To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters across the state, contact an agency in your area by visiting . To learn more about Delta Dental of Tennessee’s commitment to our community, visit <www.deltadentaltn.com/givingback>.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee is located at 1704 Charlotte Avenue, Suite 130, Nashville, Tenn. 37203. For information, call 615-329-9191.