It starts with a Little

For over 40 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine has been changing children's lives by matching them with caring adults to guide them on a path to success.

It starts with a Little

For over 40 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine has been changing children's lives by matching them with caring adults to guide them on a path to success.

Defenders of Potential 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine's mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth in Androscoggin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Somerset, and Waldo Counties

We help children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities. 

You can make a difference in the life of a child today. Become a donor, mentor, partner or advocate and become a Defender of Potential! 

 

Families have endured a challenging year with financial instability, increased food and housing insecurity, extended isolation, and the loss of far too many lives. Children remain the most vulnerable, and as a result, are facing increasing mental health consequences that threaten their ability to reach their greatest potential. 

When you make a pledge today, your donation can have an EVEN GREATER IMPACT! A generous donor has agreed to match, dollar for dollar, every gift made to our 2021 Keep Kids Connected Campaign, up to $50,000! There has never been a more critical time to support the life-changing work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine! 

ADULT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

We need adult volunteers to support our 1:1 mentoring programs throughout eastern, central and mid-coast Maine! The agency is recruiting Big Brothers and Big Sisters to serve as community-based mentors to children ages 5 to 14 in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Somerset, and Waldo counties.

Community-based Bigs build healthy, trusting relationships with their Littles by spending 2-5 hours each week together doing things of mutual interest, like playing sports, hiking, going to the movies, playing board games, or doing crafts. Bigs commit to mentoring a child for a minimum of one year, which supports the development of stronger and longer lasting relationships.

We are also in need of adult school-based coordinators who can dedicate 1½ hours weekly from October through May (except school vacation weeks) to oversee match meetings between  high school Bigs and elementary school Littles.

The agency has immediate need for school-based coordinators at the following sites for the 2021-2022 school year:
Boothbay Elementary School (Boothbay); South School (Rockland); Miller Elementary School (Waldoboro); Warren Community School (Warren); Nobleboro Central School (Nobleboro) and Lincolnville Community School (Lincolnville).

All BBBSMM volunteers are interviewed, screened and trained, and receive ongoing support and training from BBBSMM professional staff. Continuing education credits are provided for volunteer coordinator positions. Successful volunteers are responsible, caring adults, who enjoy working with youth of all ages and backgrounds, have excellent listening and communication skills, are patient, willing to learn, and share in the BBBS mission of igniting the power and promise of local youth.  

​To learn more about becoming an adult volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine, please contact Haley Stearns at 207-236-227 ext. 101, or email info@bbbsmidmaine.org

 

ONE-TO-ONE IN 2021

Meet Chris Paradis, who despite having a busy personal and professional life, says mentoring is about finding time for things that matter most. He and his Little Brother Evan (who is not so little anymore!) talk about life and current affairs, play games like cribbage and watch movies. Chris says the mentoring experience has been an eye opener and has made him realize the importance of giving back. 

“It’s pretty powerful to be able to watch someone grow, mature, and know you are making a difference in their lives.”  Learn how you can get involved ONE-TO-ONE in 2021!

 

 

 

Littles Are Waiting for Bigs!

Become a Defender of Potential by volunteering as a Big Brother or Big Sister in our community based mentoring programs! It only takes a few hours a week to help change the life of a child. Learn how Richard Behr and his Little Brother Jaxen have both benefited from their now 5-year relationship together. Watch the interview on WABI TV     

 

How does Big Brothers Big Sisters help Kasaius?

Matching

When Big Brothers Big Sisters works to match a Little with a Big, we take into account the needs, personality, interests, and goals of both the child and the adult volunteer. We introduce the Little and his or her family to the Big slowly and make sure everyone is fully committed to the match before it is made official. Little Brother Kasaius is outgoing and up for anything, so he needed a Big who was creative and had a variety of interests.

Relationship Management

Children like Kasaius get the most out of their one-to-one relationship with their Big when the Big, the parent or guardian, and the child talk openly with their Match Support Specialist. Working as part of the team helping the child succeed, the Match Support Specialist can help identify problems, brainstorm solutions, and connect the family with essential services.

Activities

When Kasaius’ Big Brother saw the email from BBBS saying that there were spots open in a free acting class, he jumped at the chance to take Kasaius. BBBS affiliates across the country provide activities for Bigs and Littles and also alert Bigs to opportunities in the community. This enables Bigs to get to know other Bigs, who might be experiencing similar things and who might have great suggestions for more new activities.

Screening and Training

Child safety is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ highest priority. To achieve the highest standards possible, we work constantly to review and strengthen our background check systems as new best practices in the industry emerge. We also make sure our Bigs and our staff have the training and resources they need to help Littles on their path to success.