Dental of Tennessee has presented a $15,000 investment to the Tennessee
Big Brothers Big Sisters Alliance today in support of this statewide
initiative helping mentor children across the state.
This 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.
This Alliance was formed when the U.S. Department of Health & Human
Services granted the initialMentoring 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 state wide applauds the vision
of Delta Dental of Tennessee to support and positively impact the lives
of children across our state," said Mary E. Walker, Chairperson of the
Alliance. Walker also serves as Vice President of Programs for the
Middle Tennessee affiliate. She continued, "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
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 www.bigbrothersbigsisters.org.
To learn more about Delta Dental of Tennessee's commitment to our
community, visit: http://deltadentaltn.com/givingback.
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