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October 18, 2019   •   News  

SAFE Credit Union awards $10,000 grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area to scale up school-mentoring programs

FOLSOM, Calif. (Oct. 9, 2019) – SAFE Credit Union awarded a $10,000 grant to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento’s efforts to scale up its school mentoring programs.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area serves children 7-18 raised by single parents, grandparents, and foster families in Sacramento, Placer, and Yolo counties. Since 2017, it has seen growth in its services to youths who benefit from one-on-one mentoring relationships with positive role models.

The grant will support Big Brothers Big Sisters Sacramento Area in scaling up its services from 269 children to 314 children. The impact of the mentoring services is estimated to expand to more than 1,200 people total, including the children, mentors, parents, guardians, siblings, and teachers.


“With this grant, our ultimate intended impact is to create a future where all youths can reach their full potential,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters Sacramento Area Chief Executive Officer Reese Scherber. “These funds will enhance our ability to serve more underprivileged youths who need the guidance of a positive role model. The year-long mentorships help children experience improvement in social acceptance, scholastic competence, education expectations, avoiding risky behaviors, parental trust, truancy, and school grades.”


SAFE Credit Union is providing a total of $50,000 in 2019 to Sacramento-area organizations supporting health, education, and retired and active military personnel. The program is part of the credit union’s overall investment of more than $300,000 in annual philanthropic efforts that include student scholarships, donations, and sponsorships. A committee of SAFE employees chooses the grant recipients based on alignment with SAFE’s philanthropic mission and impact of the program on the community.


“SAFE is passionate about ensuring the success of future generations,” said SAFE Credit Union Community and Advocacy Engagement Manager Amanda Merz. “We are honored to be able to assist Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento area in its efforts to help youths get the strong foundations they need so they can thrive.”

To learn more about SAFE’s grant program, email [email protected].


About SAFE

SAFE Credit Union has made members an integral part of its vision since 1940. Over the years the credit union has kept the focus on what really matters, putting members first, a formula that has seen SAFE grow into a leading financial institution in Northern California with nearly $3 billion in assets and about 235,000 members. SAFE crafts every cutting-edge product and sterling service with members’ needs foremost in mind. In addition to banking services conveniently available through online, chat, mobile, or phone options, SAFE offers in-person care for members and small businesses at service centers across the Greater Sacramento region and a mortgage lending office serving Contra Costa and Alameda counties. SAFE is a not-for-profit, state-chartered credit union with membership open to businesses and individuals living or working in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Sutter, Butte, Nevada, Solano, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Yuba, Amador, and Alameda counties. Insured by NCUA.


About Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area is to build and support one-to-one relationships to ignite the biggest possible futures for youth. Since 1964, our local agency has cleared the path for youth in Sacramento, Yolo and South Placer counties for over 55 years. Our one-to-one mentoring program benefits children, ages 7-18, raised by single parents, grandparents and foster families. Our Bigs serve as positive role models to enable disadvantaged youth to reach their full potential.

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