Turie Sotzin (Community Relations Officer at Mid Penn Bank) stopped by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berks County today, presenting Danica Gabrielson with a $2,500 check as part of the Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. Danica is the Casework Manager of our SMART (Students & Mentors Achieving Results Together) program at Oley Valley School District, one of the three SMART districts supported through the EITC program. Our SMART programs at Conrad Weiser Area and Hamburg Area School Districts are also supported through EITC funds.
Through the EITC program, approved companies can donate a portion of their state taxes to EITC-eligible agencies like Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berks County. The three SMART school districts supported through EITC funds all have one thing in common: the participating High School Bigs are earning service-learning hours required for graduation by mentoring Littles in their elementary and/or middle schools — providing the Littles with academic support as well as helping them develop social skills and improve their self-esteem.
Thank you, Mid Penn Bank, for standing with our SMART program participants and for defending the potential in our Littles. We thank all of our EITC contributors! So far this year, BBBS of Berks has received support through the EITC program from BB&T, AmerisourceBergen, Orrstown Bank, Mitsubishi Advanced Chemical Materials, Tompkins VIST Bank, and now Mid Penn Bank.
Companies interested in learning more about the EITC program can contact Executive Director Jim Smith at JimS@BigsInBerks.org.