The Messer Construction Co. Foundation presented a $25,000 grant recently to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County (BBBS Butler Co.), an organization that strives to help children reach their full potential through one-to-one mentoring and promoting a culture of transparency and governance. BBBS Butler Co. plans to use the funding to expand the technological resources at its Hamilton, Ohio, facility.

“At Messer, we’re committed to building better lives for our customers, communities and employees,” said Messer Vice President and Dayton region leader Kevin Cozart, “so we’re pleased to present this grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County to help expand their resources and capacity. The team at BBBSBC does phenomenal work and impacts the lives of countless young people throughout Butler County.

“We hope this grant can provide the assistance they need to extend that impact even further.”

The grant was sponsored by Messer Senior Project Executive Matt Schnelle, who has worked with BBBS Butler Co. since mid-2014. Schnelle said that over his time with the organization, he’s seen first-hand the impact it has on young lives.

“It’s been a lot of fun to spend time around these kids and watch them grow,” he said. “These are young, impressionable people in need of guidance in different areas of life, so it’s been outstanding to help steer them toward their potential.”

“I make my living at Messer, but a great deal of my time and effort also goes here (to BBBS Butler Co.). So, it’s been fun seeing the two come together for the common cause of changing the lives of local young people.”

In only its 11th year of existence, the Messer Foundation this year donated its 900,000th dollar to community organizations from across the company’s nine regions of operation.