Press Release: Arby’s Foundation Donates $25,200 to Serve Local Youth

Press Release: Arby’s Foundation Donates $25,200 to Serve Local Youth

Foundation to allocate proceeds from national Make A Difference fundraiser to support PEACE, Inc.’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Program

Syracuse, New York, June 24th, 2022– As part of the annual in-restaurant fundraising program, the Make a Difference campaign, Arby’s restaurants raised nearly $3.4 million to support national organizations dedicated to providing kids the future they deserve.

In Syracuse and Onondaga County, New York, $25,200 will be granted to PEACE, Inc.’s Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Program. The funds will be used for special events -including holiday parties, back-to-school events, and more- as well as for program staffing.

“These funds will provide additional supports to help our community’s youth reach their full potential.” said John Bruzdzinski, Director of PEACE, Inc.’s Big Brothers Big Sisters. “We’re thrilled to have Arby’s give back and reinvest funds for our Central New York Youth.”

Additional funds will be granted to Arby’s Foundation national non-profit partners: Big Brothers Big Sisters, No Kid Hungry, and Junior Achievement (3DE) to support programs focused on childhood hunger, youth leadership, and career readiness.


About the Arby’s Foundation

The Arby’s Foundation, the independent charitable arm of Arby’s, helps America’s kids dream big and pursue their dreams with confidence. Building on a philanthropic heritage that has contributed more than $90 million to youth-related causes since its inception in 1986, the Arby’s Foundation is committed to helping kids build, expand and pursue their dreams as we focus our efforts in childhood hunger, youth leadership and career readiness initiatives. The Arby’s Foundation is part of the Inspire Brands Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit

About PEACE, Inc., PEACE, Inc.’s Big Brothers Big Sisters

Incorporated in 1968, PEACE, Inc. is a federal designated Community Action Agency (CAA) that serves nearly 8,000 clients in Syracuse, Onondaga County, and portions of Oswego County. With a guiding principle of “Maximum Feasible Participation,” or the concept that those who are served by the CAA must also be involved with the organization’s decision-making processes, the agency pursues a mission to “help people in the community realize their potential for becoming self-sufficient.” It does so through 9 antipoverty services: Free Tax Prep, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), Family Services (FRCs) Head Start and Early Head Start (HS, EHS), its Department of Energy and Housing, Foster Grandparents, Eastwood Community Center, Senior Nutrition, and Senior Support Services. For more information, visit

Since its founding in 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) has been recognized the nation’s preeminent 1-to-1 mentorship program. Research shows that 1-to-1 mentoring improves a child’s confidence, academic performance, and decision making. Through Community-, School-, and Corporate-Based mentoring, PEACE, Inc.’s BBBS branch continues doing this important work in matching kids (Littles) with mentors (Bigs). 

Media Contact
John F. Bruzdzinski, Director
PEACE, Inc. Big Brothers Big Sisters
Phone: 315-470-3369 ext 362

May 2022 Employee of the Month

May 2022 Employee of the Month

Hipolito “Polo” Heredia Diaz

Hipolito “Polo” Heredia Diaz was hired in November 2020 to fill a one-year Custodian Crew Leader Assistant position that was created with the new CARES Act funding, and then transitioned into a permanent floating custodian position. At one of the sites he has served, Jordan Head Start, the entire team submitted a nomination on his behalf for the Employee of the Month award, for his kindness and courtesy and for the many ways in which he goes above and beyond what is expected of him, not just in his work but also in how he looks out for the staff there.

Thank you, Polo, our Employee of the Month for May, for everything you do!

(Picture: Employee of the Month Polo Heredia Diaz with (L to R) Executive Director Carolyn Brown, Facilities Office Manager Teresa Piedmonte, and Facilities Director Jerry Barker)