Our mentors provide new opportunities for positive change in a child’s life.
Become a “Big”
Making a BIG difference in a child’s life takes only takes a LITTLE time. Volunteering as a Big Brother or Big Sister is an important and rewarding experience. Bigs make a commitment to meet with their Little for 3-5 hours each week for a minimum of one year (three semesters for college students). Examples of common Big/Little activities include: playing a sport, making arts and crafts, seasonal activities such as sledding, checking out community events, visiting the library or a museum, riding bikes, cooking a meal, hiking, gardening, fishing, swimming, tie-dying, roller skating, and playing at the park. In addition to one-on-one meetings, Bigs can choose to take their Littles to our free BBBS events, hosted each month during the school year. Bigs are also responsible to meet with their case manager once each month to discuss their match and seek advice when needed.
Before they can be matched with a Little, Bigs undergo extensive screening. They must first attend an in-person information session to fill out an application and learn about the program. We contact three references over the phone, run a Massachusetts CORI background check and a multi-layer national background check, check driving history, and auto insurance. Bigs must also schedule a 1-2 hour interview with a case manager and a home visit to determine safety and appropriateness for children.
Do you have what it takes to make a BIG difference in the life of a child? If you’re interested in becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, please contact our office to schedule an information session with the Community Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator. Call (413)259-3351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help out at our next Fundraising Event
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County relies on the generosity of our community to continue the work we do. We have several major fundraising initiatives and events throughout the year.
- Masquerade Bowl November 1st & 2nd 2014
- Daffodil Fun Run April 26th 2014
- Amherst Crafts on the Common July 12th 2014
- Northampton Winter Craft Fair December 7th & 8th 2014
If you’d like to volunteer at one of our events or in another capacity, please click here to become a friend of the program.