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Big Brothers Big Sisters Of North Alabama Faces Major Budget Shortfall

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Alabama works to pair children of single-parent families with much-needed mentors.

However, the organization faces a $75,000 budget shortfall from its $250,000 annual operating budget.

Donations have slowed. On top of that, the federal government cut a major federal grant.

"When you take $150,000 from an agency our size, that's a pretty significant blow," said Emmett Moore, CEO of the non-profit organization.

The organization had to lay off four employees and cut back from serving 450 students last year to 220 this year.

"Once you cut staffing, you then have to start closing matches and serving fewer children because you can't continue to serve the same amount and not ensure their safety," said Moore.

Their future is in question, and now they need the community to rally around them.

"As much support as we can get from the community is what we need," said Moore.  "We don't want to cut services to children."

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