What does Big Brothers Big Sisters Do?
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine makes meaningful, monitored matches between trained, caring volunteers (Bigs) and children (Littles), ages 5 through 16, in communities throughout eastern, midcoast and central Maine. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. Professionally trained BBBS staff members work with our partners in the community to identify children facing adversity and assess how our programs can have the greatest impact. Big Brothers Big Sisters targets the children who need us most, including those living in single-parent, low-income homes, who struggle socially and academically.
We are DEFENDERS of POTENTIAL!
How does Bowl For Kids' Sake help Big Brothers Big Sisters?
When you participate in Bowl For Kids' Sake, you have the power to ignite the potential of youth in your community. We depend on the money raised to carry out the work of carefully matching children with caring mentors and providing ongoing support to the child, volunteer mentor and child's family. Right now, you can Register to Bowl for Kids' Sake, or DONATE to a team to change the life of a child forever!
How a Big becomes a Big—and a Little, a Little.
Before we make a match, we do our homework. After someone expresses an interest in becoming a Big, they go through a background check and careful interview process. Then we match Bigs and Littles based on location, personalities and preferences. And we provide full support from the start, so matches can grow into lasting, impactful friendships. The entire matching process is made possible through donations—we can't do what we do best without them!
What do Bigs and Littles do Together?
Each match is unique. Getting together doesn't require a special occasion or expensive activity, just a few hours every month doing things the Little and Big already enjoy. For example playing catch, reading books, doing arts and crafts, sharing stories...creating life-changing friendships! Community Bigs sometimes meet their Littles on the weekends. Others get together with their Littles in the evenings. School-based matches meet weekly at their schools or at a partner site, like the Boys and Girls Club.