Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Mission

Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

Vision

All youth achieve their full potential.

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County makes meaningful matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and youth ages 6 – 18 (“Littles”), with the aim of developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. These relationships are supervised and supported by a staff of professional Case Managers, in partnership with parents and caregivers. Volunteers spend time 2-4 times a month with a young person, developing a positive, trusting, and enriching friendship.

We match adult volunteers from the community and students from the five colleges with young people throughout Hampshire County. To learn more about becoming a mentor, click the Volunteer tab below.

Kathy and Kim

Kathy and Kim One of our most creative Big Sisters has been treating her Little to a variety of made-up games and activities since they were matched in September. Kathy loves tapping into her Little Sister’s imagination and energy when they’re together. Kim, who is 9-years-old, has enjoyed making fashion collages with recycled magazines, going on an elaborate scavenger hunt through downtown Northampton, and making matching Halloween costumes for the Bowl-a-thon. Kathy loves the break from her work week to do the same things she did when she was a child.

Read about more life-changing mentoring going on in our community every day 

There are nearly 200 children on our list just waiting to be matched. You can help Big Brothers Big Sisters provide the empowering gift of a mentoring friendship to more young people this year. Each annual contribution of $1,000 will directly fund the staff and program resources needed to support a Big-Little match for one year. That’s more than 200 hours of quality, one-to-one time with a caring and dependable mentor. Thank you for helping to empower the potential of young people in our community!

Support Mentoring, Donate to CHD’s Big Brothers Big Sisters today

Become a “Big”

Mentoring a child through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County is a fun and meaningful volunteer experience in your community. Our ‘Bigs’ and ‘Littles’ get together 2-4 times a month to share activities they both enjoy. They could be playing catch, making crafts, hiking, playing board games, fishing, cooking, going to movies, bike riding, and more! In addition, BBBS offers free opportunities to attend cultural and athletic events throughout Western MA. Throughout your match,  you’ll have the support of a dedicated BBBS case manager; someone who can offer you guidance, advice and fun activity ideas.

There are nearly 200 children in Hampshire County currently waiting to be matched with someone like YOU!

What’s the application process?

Attend a Big Brothers Big Sisters information session to learn about the program and see if it’s a good fit for you. Volunteers must be 18 or older, have access to a reliable vehicle, and commit to one year in the program. Contact our office at (413) 259-3345 or bbbshc@chd.org to learn more!

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. If it’s not the right time to become a mentor, we have several major fundraising events throughout the year where we could use your help!

  • Daffodil Run – April
  • Happy Valley Half Marathon & 5K – October
  • Northampton Winter Craft Fair – December

If you’d like to volunteer at one of our events, please contact us at bbbshc@chd.org or 413-259-3350 and a BBBS staff member will reach out to you shortly to discuss your interest and availability.

Our fundraising events are essential to the success of the program.

Whether you participate or sponsor our events, you are helping to ignite the potential of young people in our community! 

Learn more, register, or sponsor by clicking here. 

Our team is passionate about mentoring. Our advisory board are members of the community who believe in our mission to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. They generously volunteer their time and their talents to make so many wonderful things happen in our community. We are forever grateful for their commitment.

Learn more about the dedicated people who make mentoring a priority. 

Director: Jessie Cooley
 
Bangs Community Center
70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA 01002
 
Phone: (413) 259-3345
Email: bbbshc@chd.org
 
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