Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County

We are proud to carry out the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to serve children and families in our Western MA community.

Having a Mentor Makes a Big Difference

Kids today need mentors more than ever. Single parents are working long hours to make ends meet. In many households, grandparents are the primary caregivers. It can be hard to find time and resources for outside activities.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County (BBBSHC) helps ease the burden by matching adult volunteers (“Bigs”) with kids ages 6 to 18 (“Littles”). Through meaningful one-to-one mentoring matches, we help children realize their potential and build their futures. Together with parents/guardians, volunteer mentors, and our partners in the community, our professional Case Managers support young people as they develop positive relationships with a transformative impact.

Whether you get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a donor, a Big, an event sponsor, an Advisory Board member, or advocate you will make a positive impact in your community and get back as much as you give.

 

Mission:

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

 

Programs:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County draws upon the goals and program model of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to develop programs that meet the needs of our community. We create and support one-to-one mentoring matches between young people (Littles) ages 6 – 14 and mentors (Bigs) in the following programs.

SITE-BASED PROGRAMS

Available in Amherst, Northampton, and South Hadley, our site-based programs bring young people to college campuses once a week to meet one-to-one with their college student Bigs. These matches meet for at least three semesters, and stay in touch virtually during college breaks.

COMMUNITY-BASED PROGRAMS

Our community-based programs match young people with Bigs from their community. These matches get together 2-4 times per month, engaging in activities that are fun, relationship-building, and that help them to grow.

Case Managers work with volunteers, families and young people to identify which program is right for them. We have a thorough screening process for volunteers to ensure the safety of the young people in our program. Matches between Bigs and Littles are made based on location, personalities, interests, and goals, and receive ongoing support throughout their duration. Our Case Managers work closely with Littles’ families and partners in the community to make referrals for additional services as needed.

 

To refer a young person or learn more about volunteering as a Big, contact us at bbbshc@chd.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County

Please click below to email us for information about programs, services, and more. You can also click to donate and help support one-to-one mentoring today!

October 18, 2020

Happy Valley Half Marathon & 5K

CHD’s Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County is proud to partner with Impact Racing Events to bring you two breath-taking courses in Northampton, designed
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November 21, 2020

Big Brothers Big Sisters Northampton Winter Craft Fair

Join CHD’s Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County (BBBS) for their 40th year of the craft fair and shop from a beautiful selection of
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Our mentors provide new opportunities for positive change in a child’s life.

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At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, it is the time from our mentors and the gifts from our donors that come together to transform the lives of children.

Young people who have a mentor are:

  • 46% less likely to use drugs and 27% less likely to use alcohol
  • 55% more likely to enroll in college
  • 78% more likely to volunteer regularly
  • 130% more likely to hold leadership positions