Big Brothers Big Sisters to relocate local office

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Moving into a more modern and centrally located facility

By Marty Finley

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana is swapping its offices for a more modern and centralized location.

Kevin Clark, community engagement branch manager, said the organization will relocate its local office from 617 N. Mulberry St. in Elizabethtown to 2491 S. Dixie Blvd. in Radcliff. The agency intends to be operational in Radcliff by May 1.

The agency is leasing space from Network Realty. The change is needed, Clark said, because the current location is secluded and the need for more space is becoming evident as the agency grows. He said the new facility also is more technologically advanced and better suited for the organization.

Clark said the change will provide six spacious offices, a significant upgrade from the three offices the agency occupies. The new facility also offers access to a sleek conference room the agency needs for advisory board meetings and interviews with prospective big brothers and big sisters.

The space will better accommodate clients seeking out the agency’s services because it is situated on a highly visible roadway rather than sequestered in the back of a building, he said. Clark joked he often had to write out directions to the current offices.

The location, too, is more centrally located for client use and will place the agency in close driving distance to Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Fort Knox, he said.

Clark said the decision was not made to distance BBBS from Elizabethtown in favor of Radcliff.

“(None) of our services in E’town or Radcliff will be diminished,” he said. “In fact, they should improve.”

Clark said the agency will host a ribbon cutting or another event in May to celebrate the new location with the public.

The announcement of the relocation comes as the agency makes its annual fundraising push with Bowl for Kids’ Sake. After wrapping up its weekends at Dix-E-Town Lanes in Elizabethtown, the agency has scheduled another weekend April 20-21 at Houston Lanes on Fort Knox. Clark said it is the first time the agency has held the event at Fort Knox. The organization pursued the post to further its fundraising efforts and to build stronger connections with military families. Clark said BBBS wants to ensure those enrolled in the military program feel a sense of inclusion.

The agency has generated $35,000 to $37,000 of its $70,000 goal from the fundraiser, which makes up about a quarter of the agency’s operating revenue, Clark said.

He said BBBS set the lofty goal to pay for more matches because it costs roughly $1,200 a year for each match.

For more information about participating in the Bowl for Kids’ Sake weekend at Fort Knox, contact BBBS at (270) 769-5225.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.