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July 31, 2017 - Local Businesses to Hold Clothing Drives in Support of BBBS

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County
David Beturne, Executive Director
(413) 781-4730

Local Businesses to Hold Clothing Drives to Support Big Brothers Big Sisters

July 31, 2017


Springfield, MA – In honor of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County’s 50th Anniversary, several area businesses will be holding clothing drives throughout the month of August.

Employees of The Dowd Agencies, Johnson Controls, PeoplesBank, Polish National Credit Union, and Tyco Simplex Grinnell will be cleaning out their closets and donating clothing in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters. The Dowd Agencies and Polish National Credit Union have also extended invitations to their customers to participate in the effort.

“As a community credit union, we believe in growing lasting relationships to improve people’s lives,” said Sarah Jordan, Marketing Specialist at Polish National Credit Union. “We are proud to support a program that provides such wonderful opportunities for our region’s youth.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters works in collaboration with Hartsprings Foundation and, through a partnership with Savers Thrift Stores, converts donated clothing and other household items into critical program revenue for five Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

To date, the arrangement has generated millions of dollars in funding for these agencies. The funding is used to help provide more than 2,500 at-risk children with strong and enduring, one-to-one mentoring services that achieve positive results, including educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, improved self-confidence, and better relationships with family and peers.

In addition to providing important program revenue, donations to Hartsprings also help to protect and preserve the environment, keeping millions of pounds of clothing and small household items out of local landfills each year.

To learn more about the August clothing drive, visit, or go to to schedule a home pickup.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County
Since 1967, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County has provided one-to-one mentoring services to at-risk youth, primarily from single-parent, low-income families in Hampden County plus the towns of South Hadley and Granby. The non-profit agency is a full member agency of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, meeting the more than 150 required standards and procedures for full member status. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County is the area’s premier mentoring agency, providing consistently high-quality services with measurable impact. Learn more at

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