Mentoring service closes West Virginia chapter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Big Brothers Big Sisters regional chapter in West Virginia has closed.
Officials said Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central West Virginia could not meet funding requirements set by its national organization to continue serving underprivileged children in Kanawha, Jackson and Putnam counties.

Vice President Chris Weikle told the Charleston Gazette-Mail that the organization’s final fundraiser, Rolls of the River, raised less than half of its $20,000 goal.


A year ago, the organization closed its Raleigh County branch because it lost $80,000 in local grants after donors learned the agency accepted a $20,000 national grant to provide resources and training to promote inclusiveness of LGBTQ volunteers and youth.

Treasurer Briana Warner said that created a deficit in the operating budget and the organization also lost donors when Executive Director Sara McDowell stepped down in June.

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