Terra Power Systems, a Bellingham-based manufacturer of electrical distribution products for heavy-duty vehicle applications, has been awarded the 2011 Big Heart Award by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington.
The award recognizes Terra Power Systems as the first company in Whatcom County to establish a formal policy allowing employees to participate in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Workplace Buddies Program during work hours.
“BBBSNW has a goal to make at least 90 new school-buddies matches next year, so we are excited to help them pioneer the Workplace Buddies Program and facilitate our employees giving back to their community,” Eric Graham, president of Terra Power Systems, said in an April 2 press release. “Through our community interactions, we hope to encourage other companies in Whatcom County to join us in helping mentor these at-risk children.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington is the largest one-on-one mentoring organization in northwest Washington, serving children ages 6-18 in Whatcom and Skagit counties.
Children who participate in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs are 87 percent more likely to graduate from high school and 97 percent less likely to commit crimes or face legal trouble than their non-mentored peers, according to the organization.
For more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington, contact program director Colleen Haggerty at 360-671-6400, ext.102.
The organization is also online at www.bbbs-nw.org.