Big Brothers Big Sisters of Child & Family Services
Contact: Deanna Bodeau
Address: 3057 Acushnet Ave New Bedford Ma 02745
Phone: 508-990-0894 Fax: 508-990-0298
We are a volunteer host site!
Child and Family Services strengthens families and the communities in which they live. Our mission, “to heal and strengthen the lives of children and families,” is built on the following beliefs:
Child & Family Services is one of the oldest nonprofit organizations in Southeastern Massachusetts. We began as the New Bedford Orphans’ Home in 1843 to help children left homeless and without families during the whaling era. In 1973 Big Brothers Big Sisters became part of Child & Family Services
The local Big Brothers Big Sisters program, part of Child & Family Services, provides friendships and role models to boys and girls living in the Greater New Bedford area. Having a Big Brother or Sister can make a real difference in a child’s life by helping him or her to better handle life’s ups and downs.
Make a Difference
Growing up is never easy. That’s why having a mentor helps. A mentor takes time to listen, give advice, and lets a child know that what he or she has to say is meaningful.
Be a Friend
Think about it. How many chances do you get to really make a difference? Big Brothers Big Sisters will give you that opportunity. By volunteering, you benefit a child directly and see the good work you’re doing week by week, month by month. Your job is not to replace a parent but to be a friend.
Being a Big Brother or a Big Sister isn’t hard. It means trips to the park, afternoons shopping, watching a movie and playing a sport. It’s sitting down listening to what’s going on in a child’s life and giving advice when asked. It’s the closest thing to being a kid again.
Who can be a Big?
1. Almost anyone can be a Big.
2. Bigs must be at least 17 years of age.
3. Bigs must have a valid driver’s license.
Volunteers come from all walks of life, economic levels, marital status and backgrounds. The bond they share is the willingness to make a positive difference in a child’s life. The most important thing they give is their time and friendship.
What is required?
1. The goal is four hours a month.
2. The commitment is for one year.