Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County awarded
$30,000 grant from Mass Mentoring Partnership
Greenfield, MA– Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County (BBBSFC) has been awarded a $30,000 Mentoring Matching Grant through Mass Mentoring Partnership of Boston, MA. The grant funding followed the signing of the FY19 Massachusetts budget which included a $750,000 Mentoring Matching Grants line item. This line items serves as the only state funding dedicated to mentoring. In Franklin County, this award will be used to support mentoring programs & match activities, recruitment of new mentors & mentees, and other general operating costs for the agency. This grant is especially important as BBBSFC is preparing to expand their mentoring programs through a pilot afterschool program in Greenfield. “Having the Mentoring Matching Grants line item fully funded is a testament to the impact that mentoring has on communities here in the Commonwealth” said Jennifer Webster, Executive Director of BBBSFC.
Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is fueling the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships to meet the needs of communities across Massachusetts. We work with mentoring programs and youth development organizations to assess programmatic needs and organizational capacity to provide customized strategies that strengthen youth, families, and communities.
BBBSFC serves children in all areas of Franklin County and North Quabbin area. Mentors are carefully screened to ensure safety and longevity in the match. Mentors and mentees continue to receive support throughout their mentoring relationship through our professional and dedicated case managers. If you or someone you know may be interested in learning more about becoming a mentor, please contact Emma Olson at BBBSFC 413-772-0915 or online www.bbbs-fc.org.