Big Brothers Big Sisters

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 

We have about 180 children on our list just waiting to be matched. You can help Big Brothers Big Sisters provide the precious gift of a mentoring friendship to more children in need. 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 per year of quality, one-to-one time with a caring and dependable Big Brother or Sister. That’s making a real difference, one child at a time. 

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. All it requires is spending a few hours a week with a young person, doing things you both enjoy. What better way to have a positive impact in your community than by PLAYING! Our ‘Bigs’ and ‘Littles’ enjoy activities together like playing catch, making crafts, hiking, playing board games, fishing, cooking, going to movies, bike riding, and more! In addition, we offer 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 (locations in either Northampton or Amherst) 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 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
  • Amherst Crafts on the Common – June
  • Happy Valley Half Marathon & 5K – October
  • Northampton Winter Craft Fair – December


If you’d like to volunteer at one of our events, or with BBBS in another capacity, please complete our online form and someone from BBBS 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 contributing to providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Thank you. 

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 provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. 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
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