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Wegmans announces $150,000 commitment to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester

Beth Adams/WXXI News

Wegmans has announced a three-year, $150,000 total commitment to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester.

The Rochester-based supermarket chain said the donation is being made in honor of National Mentoring Month.

The gift is designed to help the nonprofit in its mission to support mentoring in the Rochester area and provide work opportunities for youths who are enrolled in the local Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter.

Officials with the organization say that it supports several hundred youths in Monroe, Ontario, Wayne and Yates counties each year.

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ approach is designed to create positive outcomes, including educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and improved relationships.

“When it comes to helping our youth get on the path to success, one of the best things we can do is pair them with a caring adult who can help guide them and provide the support they need,” said Colleen Wegman, president and CEO of Wegmans Food Markets. “Through this partnership, we’re excited to offer meaningful employment that we believe will provide the foundational skills for work, school, and life.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester CEO Lisa Mattoon said they were grateful for this partnership.

“During these uncertain times, now, more than ever, Big Brothers Big Sisters is doing everything we can do to meet the needs of the children we serve," Mattoon said.

Mattoon said the three-year gift will help provide mentoring for youths while also steering the teens that Big Brothers Big Sisters helps in a direction to get valuable employment opportunities at Wegmans.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.