Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County (BBBSEC) teamed up with the five local Kohl’s Department Stores for Kohl’s National Go Green Event (NGG) in celebration of National Volunteer Week and Earth Day. On Sunday, May 1st, more than 40 Kohl’s associates participated in a one-day volunteer project at The Belle Center located on Buffalo’s Lower West Side. The Kohl’s associates spread soil, planted bushes and flowers at the center. Several BBBS staff and a Big Brother & Little Brother match joined the effort. Following their hard work, the group enjoyed lunch and the opportunity to view the changes they made to the outside appearance of the center.
A grant will be awarded to BBBSEC’s Site-Based Mentoring Program located at The Belle Center in recognition of the volunteer efforts of associates from the five local Kohl’s locations: Buffalo, East Amherst, Lancaster, North Amherst and Orchard Park. The NGG event was made possible through Kohl’s Associates in the Action Volunteer Program. In the program, Kohl’s volunteers support youth-serving nonprofit organizations by participating in an environmentally based activity, and Kohl’s matches those efforts with corporate grants.