WHO ARE WE?

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest, Inc. is “as old as friendship and as new as today.”  Our Organization was founded in the spring of 1963 as Big Brothers of Worcester County, initially serving seven needy boys by matching them in supportive mentoring relationships with community volunteers. The demand for Big Sisters made it clear that the time had come to extend services to girls, and a Big Sisters chapter was added to the Agency in 1974. The President of the Board of Directors told a local reporter, “To turn our heads from the needs of young girls would not permit us to fulfill our responsibility as a social service agency.” The name of the Organization changed to reflect the newest program addition: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Worcester County, Inc.

By the late 1990s, more than 2,500 matches had been made over the course of the history of the Organization. In 2002, our Organization agreed to manage Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Middlesex, Inc., and in 2004, the Board of Directors of both agencies voted to merge. In January 2005, the Organization name was changed to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest, Inc.

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OUR MISSION & VISION

To enhance the quality of life of children through professionally supported mentoring relationships with responsible and caring volunteers.

Our vision is to never say “no” to a child in need of our services in our Central Massachusetts and Metrowest communities, which contributes to better schools, brighter futures, and stronger communities for all.

Over the years, we have accepted the challenge of increased service and of increased need for that service. Our service area includes 40 cities and towns in Central Massachusetts and the Metrowest area.

A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO

HOW WE INVEST IN OUR GIRLS

Each time we connect a child (Little Brother/Sister) with a mentor (Big Brother/Sister), we start something powerful: a one-to-one relationship built on trust and friendship that increases their potential for success, and we have the facts to prove it.

Making Better Choices – Now
A national study conducted by Public/Private Ventures showed that Little Brothers and Little Sisters are:

  • 52% less likely to skip school
  • 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
  • 33% less likely to engage in violent behavior
  • 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
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This program matches local volunteers (college, corporate, etc.) with children at school-based or after school-based sites. After both parties complete applications, our Interview & Match Support Specialists match our volunteers and children based on a variety of factors, such as personalities, interests, and family history. After being matched, each Big and Little will find a good time when the Big should visit, and they will then meet once a week typically for about an hour. The matches will be able to engage in activities of their choice at the site, such as going to the gym to play basketball or doing arts and crafts together. Periodically, a Match Support Specialist will check in with the Big and Little and offer support, suggestions and opportunities for the match to engage in.Learn More
Our community-based program matches children with members of the local community. Our Interview & Match Support Specialists pair Bigs and Littles based on a variety of factors, such as interests, family history, location and personalities. After the initial match meeting where the Big and Little meet for the first time, it is up to the match to plan visits or activities approximately three to four times per month. Each visit typically lasts a few hours. Activities should be agreed upon by the Big, Little and parent/guardian. Possible activities for community-based matches could include: Going to the library, going to a local park, attending a sporting event, or grabbing a bite to eat. An assigned Match Support Specialist will check in with both the Big and the parent/guardian of the Little at least once per month to make sure all is well with the match.Learn More
Rodman Ride for Kids is an annual noncompetitive charity bike riding event taking place on Saturday, September 26, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Riders cycle 25, 50 or 100 miles to raise funds for one of nearly 50 children’s charities in Massachusetts affiliated with The Ride—including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest. “The Ride” is our largest fundraiser of the year! The Ride matches the funds we raise at 6% if we meet our fundraising goal of $110,000. The expenses associated with The Ride are less than 3% of the total revenue and they are all underwritten. This means that when you give to our agency through The Rodman Ride for Kids, 106% of your donation goes back to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest.Learn More