Kim descends 21-story skyscraper in Harrisburg for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Over the Edge raises money and awareness for youth mentoring in Pa

HARRISBURG, Oct. 14 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, rappelled the side of the Fulton Bank building today during Over the Edge, a fundraising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“It was an exhilarating and fun way to support this great organization,” Kim said. “Usually, I show support for causes like this by writing legislation and resolutions. It was nice to do something different to raise awareness for a good cause.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters uses the money raised from this event to carry out the work of carefully matching children with caring adult mentors and providing ongoing support to the child, volunteer mentor, and the child's family. Children in the program come from all walks of life, but all face adversity in some form.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters provides an invaluable service that families, neighbors, and the state sometimes cannot,” Kim said. “When a child needs a positive role model and mentor, they’re there to help. By providing meaningful engagement and activities for youth in need, they are ensuring Pennsylvania children have a healthy upbringing.”

Locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and Perry counties. This year includes a new addition to the program, Bigs in Blue, where law enforcement officers mentor students from the communities they protect and serve.

Kim said supporting organizations and events like these are just a small part of her commitment to giving children in Pennsylvania the best head start. Since taking office, Kim has made ensuring children have a healthy environment to grow a priority of hers. In addition to adequately funding schools, equipping parents, and bolstering childcare in Pennsylvania, she supports programs that give children positive experiences as they grow.