In the community-based mentoring program, adult volunteers provide special friendship and support. The program works because of caring volunteers who make time for a child who needs them. Children ages 7-17 years are accepted to the community-based program. We serve children from single-parent, dual-parent or grand-parenting families.
In our community program, a Big Brother/Big Sister gets to share activities with a child that they both enjoy: fishing, playing board games, baking cookies or going to ball games. They get to enjoy these fun times three times a month with a Little Brother or Little Sister, on their own schedule.
Big Brothers Big Sisters staff offers matches a variety of support. Match Support Staff talk with the big, little and little’s parents once a month for a year. Then, every three months after the first year. During these contacts the staff help brainstorm, communication and ensure the match is fun, safe and rewarding for everyone. Monthly match outings are offered such as picnics, game nights, trips to Altoona Curve and Lakemont Park. Periodically, throughout the year Bigs’ Night Out are held by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff so Bigs can get together to socialize and share successes and struggles.
TO CONTACT US:
www.bbbs.org for Big Brothers Big Sister of America’s website.
Phone: 814-765-2687 Ext. 255