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Organization - Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Franklin County


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Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Franklin County
Last updated on May 6, 2013

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County helps children reach their highest potential through professionally supported one-on-one mentoring relationships. Our vision is to provide mentors for any child who needs or wants one, creating a strong community and resource for all of Franklin and North Quabbin Counties.

Description:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County supports the growth of a strong social community through two mentoring programs and as a volunteer resource. Our mentoring programs have shown great success. Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is as simple as being a friend or someone for a child to hang out with, and as meaningful as a consistent presence, even a role model. When you become a Big, just by spending a few hours taking a walk, playing music, creating an art project, or going to a Celtics game, you will know that you are making a positive impact in the community and in the life of a family in need.

Our community based program recruits, screens, and matches adult volunteers over the age of 18 with youth between the ages of 6-14. As a Big, you can be assured that we will match you will a Little Brother or Little Sister that shares your interests and is excited to spend time with you. Your match will be supervised by our case managers to ensure an easy development. Families can feel assured that their child is with someone safe and reliable. All Bigs are interviewed multiple times, and are subject to reference and background checks before being matched.

For over 30 years, our site-based programs at Deerfield and Northfield Mount Hermon Academies have given Littles between the ages of 6-10 the unique opportunity of connecting with a high school student. Students interested in being Bigs go through the same screening process as those in the community program. Once matched, Bigs and Littles hang out every Friday night, playing sports, making arts and crafts, attending events at each prep school, all the while developing a memorable and lasting connection.

Since being matched, our Little Brothers and Sisters have developed more positive peer relationships, more excitement about school, a greater ability to express emotions, and generally maturing. Our Big Brothers and Sisters enjoy learning the simplicity of childhood all over again, and being a mentor contributes to better relationships and an important sense of giving back to their community.

History:
BBBS/FC began in the mid sixties as a group of concerned citizens, who felt too many boys were growing up without a male in their life. Almost forty years later, we are still a small community based organization that serves more than 200 boys and girls who are in need of a mentor.

Contact people:
 Jessie Cooley, Program Director, (phone), (email)
Sophia Pastore, Program Director, (phone), (email)


Office fax number: (413) 772-0911

Address:
 PO Box 100
16 Court Square

Greenfield, MA 01302

Web Site: http://www.bbbs-fc.org

Directions:

 We are located in the Second Congregational Parish Hall on the top floor.
  Nearest Metro/Subway Stop: NA,
  Walk distance (in minutes): NA
  Nearest Bus Stop: NA

Miscellaneous Information
What is the type of this organization?
501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization
Does the agency conduct CORI checks?
Yes
Last updated on May 6, 2013


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