Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County pairs carefully screened adult mentors with children aged 6-14. Our matches spend a few hours together every week or two, doing whatever activities they both enjoy.
It would be impossible to list all the activities enjoyed by our community Bigs and Littles; tennis, bowling, swimming, hiking, biking, fishing or going to the YMCA. Food is also a great excuse for matches to get together, whether it is to cook a weekly dinner together or to find the “best” creamy in Franklin County.
Each Big and Little match has their own Case Manager to turn to for support or guidance. Our policies are designed to provide an enjoyable and safe mentoring relationship for each child that we serve. No volunteer is matched with a child without the review and approval of the child’s parent or guardian.
The activities are fun, but the most important part of any match is the time spent together. Each Little Brother or Sister knows that someone else cares about them, enjoys spending time with them and lets them safely enjoy their childhood.
If you would like to become a volunteer or sign up your child for a community match, please contact us!
Deerfield Academy and Northfield Mount Hermon
Is it Friday Yet? This is the question you will be asked by your child when he or she is matched with a Northfield Mount Hermon or Deerfield Academy Big Brother or Big Sister.
Northfield Mount Hermon School (NMH) and Deerfield Academy (DA) are two internationally recognized private college preparatory schools. Both schools have beautiful campuses and facilities and attract highly motivated students from across the United States and around the world. BBBSFC has partnered with these two schools since the 1980’s to provide quality mentoring programs on their campuses.
Children between the ages of 6 and 11 are matched one-to-one with students at one of the schools. The child and his or her mentor meet on Friday evenings during the school year. Children stay matched with the same “Big” for a year and a half, until the Big graduates. Friday evenings start with dinner in the school’s dining hall, followed by a wide variety of activities on campus for Bigs and Littles to choose from. The activities include swimming, scavenger hunts, arts & crafts, sports and Bingo! Bigs and Littles can also watch athletic events on campus, such as basketball or hockey games, or they can attend concerts, dance performances and other events happening at the school on Friday evenings.
Staff from Big Brothers Big Sisters are on duty at the schools during every match meeting. The mentors at NMH and DA volunteer to be a part of this program, and each one completes a thorough assessment process prior to being matched. Both Bigs and Littles benefit from the friendships they make and the fun times that they have together!
Children are matched depending on where they live, so children from central, south, and western Franklin County are typically matched at DA, while children from northern and eastern Franklin County are matched at the NMH program. The schools provide limited transportation to students from Greenfield, Turners Falls, Athol, and Orange.
Our prep school programs offer a wonderful opportunity for your child to have fun each week with a positive teen role model. If you are interested in signing up your child, please click the link below. We look forward to hearing from you!
Senior Citizen Mentoring Program
Each week during the school year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County holds, a first of its kind, inter-generational mentoring program at the John Zon Community Center in Greenfield, MA.
This program matches senior citizens, ages 55 and older, with children ages 6-11 in mentoring relationships that meet once weekly. The program has a staff coordinator on site and matches in the programhave the opportunity to be involved in activities at the community center, or they can venture out into the community during the program time.
Volunteer mentors complete a thorough assessment process prior to being matched. Both the volunteer mentor and the mentee benefit from this relationship – they develop a deep and lasting friendship that can help elevate their quality of life.
To find out more about this exciting new program: