People’s United Bank,Big Brother Big Sisters of Windham County recently received $3,000 from People’s United Bank to sponsor the 31st Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraising event.The event will be held on April 7th and teams will bowl and raise money to help provide a high quality mentoring program in Windham County for many wonderful kids who need and want a mentor. The money raised at Bowl For Kids Sake will go to support every aspect of the program: recruiting, screening, training and supporting mentors; learning about Littles so a good match is made with a great Big; supporting the Littles and their parents; providing fun activities for Bigs and Littles to attend, and other administrative expenses.There are so many wonderful kids who need and want a mentor. Mentors are ordinary people doing something very special for as little as one hour a week and making a big difference in the lives of local youth. Mentors do what they normally would but do it with their Little, such as cooking dinner, go to the movies or a quiet walk in the woods.Recent surveys of Windham County’s Little Brothers and Little Sisters demonstrate a 79% increase in their self-confidence; 74% increase in their ability to express their feelings; 67% increase in their decision-making ability; 66% increase in their academic performance and their use of school resources; and 61% improvement in their attitude towards school.‘It is only through the generous support of local businesses such as People’s United Bank, that Youth Services can provide the Big Brother Big Sisters program to kids who really benefit from having caring mentors in their lives,’ said David Brown, Interim Executive Director, Youth Services, Inc.‘We are proud of People’s United Bank’s history of sponsorship, that spans over a decade, making a positive difference in the lives of local youth,’ said Arne Hammarlund, Community Services Manager at People’s United Bank.Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windham County is a program of Youth Services, Inc. Since 1972, Youth Services’ programs have been helping area youth and families cope with tough issues. A staff of professionals assists area youth and families with problems ranging from the challenges associated with growing up to substance abuse or trouble with the law. The agency’s goals are to be responsive to the needs of the residents of Windham County and nearby New Hampshire and to be accessible to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay for services.People’s United Bank is a subsidiary of People’s United Financial, Inc., a diversified financial services company with approximately $25 billion in assets. Peoples United Bank, founded in 1842, provides consumer, commercial and wealth management services through nearly 340 branches in Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and in Westchester County and Long Island, New York. Through additional subsidiaries, People’s United provides equipment financing, asset management, brokerage and financial advisory services, and insurance services.Brattleboro, VermontPhoto:Arne Hammarlund, Community Services Manager at People’s United Bank presents a $3,000 check to David Brown, Interim Executive Director at Youth Services, Inc.