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You Want to Help? You May Not Be Able To


It's a growing problem all around the QCA.

160 children waiting for their chance to be a part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Now, officials say they don't have the funding to help all of them. 

The reason?

2 federal programs and an Illinois grant have been cut or eliminated in the last 18 months. 

That equals $300,000 gone from the budget, money they relied on. 

So without the money, the ability to make connections between the Big's and the Little's, has come to a stall. 

"It's about $900 a year for us to make and maintain a match, "says Mississippi Valley President Jay Justin. "So when you lose $300,000 that's pretty much 300 kids we can't serve as efficiently or at all."

They're have been three layoffs in the last two years.

As a result, Justin's team has had to do more with a smaller staff. 

And the work just keeps piling up. 

Staff members talk with nearly 3,000 people every month: Parents, children, and volunteers. 

For now, the organization is trying to find more funding, in the form of challenge grants. 

If they are able to raise $100,000 within the next year, they will receive the same amount between 3 different QCA foundation.

"More money equates to better quality and impact."

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