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Explorer donates for at-risk kids

EIC gives to Big Brothers Big Sisters

Posted: January 14, 2009 10:40 p.m.
Updated: January 15, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Santa Clarita-based Explorer Insurance Company recently donated $5,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters, a youth-mentoring organization that matches community members with vulnerable children to create constructive relationships.

The organization, headquartered in Philadelphia, serves more than 250,000 children through 400 agencies across the country.

"Big Brothers Big Sisters has demonstrated time and time again that partnership works," said Mary Boyd, managing director of Explorer Insurance. "Individualized attention from concerned adults keeps kids in school and focused on a better future."

Explorer chose to support BBBS because of a shared commitment to seek success through partnerships.

"We were looking for an organization that had that same commitment to positive partnership that we attempt to demonstrate," Steve Marshall, Explorer's vice president of field operations. "We hope the money will be used to continue their services to the community."

BBBS uses a one-to-one relationship-building approach between mentors and youths to create an impact on the lives of vulnerable young people ages 6 through 18.

"These are kids who are from families who are in poverty, single-parent homes or who have at least one parent incarcerated," said Kelly Williams, BBBS Director of Media and Public Relations. "All our research finds that (these) children who have big brothers and big sisters have a better chance to succeed in school, stay out of trouble, and do well in life."

There are no BBBS programs in Santa Clarita Valley.

Williams said Explorer's donation will be used to support the professionals who match mentors with vulnerable youths.

"We use all of our funds to support the professionals at our agencies," she said. "Each agency is staffed with professionals who do the matching itself, provide match support and monitoring the matches. It's really important that we get the matches right and provide ongoing support."

In addition to the cash donation, Explorer officials included information about Big Brothers Big Sisters in holiday cards sent to over 1,000 affiliated insurance brokers and agents.

Card inserts invited recipients to join Explorer in supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters.

"They're a very selfless organization, based on volunteers giving of themselves and their time to children who are at risk," said Marshall. "We believe nothing could be of greater service to any community."

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Web site address is


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