What We Do

Our programs offer unique models for each match to grow and thrive.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County provides long-term one-to-one mentoring matches for children who could benefit from extra adult attention and friendship. Children ages 6-18 are matched with caring adults in the community to spend time together each week for at least one year. A team of case managers screen Bigs and Littles to make and oversee matches based on gender, geography, and interests. Read below to learn more about the different types of matches we offer and ways to get involved.

Community-based matches

Some Little Brothers and Little Sisters are matched with residents of Hampshire County. These Big Brothers and Big Sisters can be students, working folks, or retirees who have a car and a few extra hours each week to spend with a child. These matches are often able to meet year round.

 

 

 

Site-based matches

In our Kids-to-Campus programs, Little Brothers and Little Sisters are matched with college students at Amherst College, UMass Amherst, or Smith College who don’t have a
car. These Littles meet with their Bigs on campus after school once per week during the school year to eat dinner, hang out, and then ride the bus home. UMass students in site-based matches take a one-semester course about community service learning when they join the program.

 

 

 

Adoption Mentoring Partnership matches

AMP is a program in partnership with the Rudd Adoption Research Program at UMass for children and college students who are adopted. These are community matches, but the college students take a bi-weekly class to learn more about adoption as part of their participation in the program.

 

 

 

Refer a child

If you’d like to refer a child to any of our programs, please contact a case manager at our office. Call (413) 259-3345 or email bbbshc@chd.org to learn more about our matching process and put a child on our waiting list.

 

 

 

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