Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County gets PSE grant

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County has received a $2,500 grant from the Puget Sound Energy Foundation during the foundation’s second round of grants.

The foundation distributed more than $600,000 to local charitable organizations throughout Washington in 2009, directing $244,500 in December to 62 organizations.

“The Puget Sound Energy Foundation is honored to be able to support so many vital community organizations and programs in 2009, particularly during these times of economic hardship,” said Bert Valdman, interim acting chair and vice president of the foundation. “These deserving organizations make a positive difference in our communities and region and we’re proud to be able to help them further their important work.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters executive director Peggy Dyer said, “We are thrilled to have received support from PSE.”

“Growing up has never been easy. For some children, it’s harder than most and the power of a relationship with a Big Brother or Big Sister can give kids the support and care they need to make good choices,” Dyer added. “The donation from PSE will help us in assisting more children right here in Island County.”

PSE’s commitment to Big Brothers Big Sisters goes beyond financial support.

“PSE has demonstrated their commitment to the community not only by their financial support, but PSE’s community services supervisor Walt Blackford has recently applied to our board of directors, and is sure to lend some hands-on support,” Dyer said.

The PSE grants are awarded based on a competitive review process to qualifying charitable organizations in the utility’s 16-county area. Half of the grants in this round were allocated to organizations that help vulnerable populations.

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