Leadership class raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters

The Blair County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Blair County class of 2017 teamed up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Blair County to raise money for 160 kids, who are enrolled in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, to get new bikes, along with helmets and locks.

Thanks to generous donations from businesses throughout Blair County, the project continues to grow.

Keeping the focus on continuity for years to come, the project has purchased an enclosed trailer to haul and secure the bikes so that the children can enjoy the many trails the county has to offer.

A concrete pad outside the BBBS home office is to be constructed to park the bikes, a basement workshop is being fully renovated to promote mechanical skills and for bike repairs.

A new direct entrance to the workshop from outside will also be included.

The project is hoping to bring attention to the need that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Blair County has for adult volunteers.

The program needs adult volunteers to be “Bigs” to the “Littles.”

The class is wrapping up its fundraising efforts on April 21 at the Bavarian Hall with a reverse cash drawing.

Through corporate sponsors and fundraisers, the class is on target to raise the money needed to fund the project.

Donations are still being accepted until May 15.

Checks payable to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Blair County Inc. can be sent to: Altoona Blair County Development Corporation, Attn: Rachel Prosser, 3900 Industrial Park Drive, Altoona, PA 16602.

The project finale will be on June 10 when the bikes will be presented to the “Littles” at a Altoona Curve baseball game at Peoples Natural Gas Field.