Defenders of Potential
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine provides children in Androscoggin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Somerset and Waldo Counties facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Big Brothers Big Sisters helps 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!
We are reimagining our brand, from our look to our language. We are focused on an empowering message: Together, We Are Defenders of Potential. Our new brand is urgent, inclusive, and powerful. Together, we can clear a path to a child’s biggest possible future!
GET READY for BOWL FOR KIDS' SAKE 2019!
Form teams now and learn how you can IGNITE a child's GREATEST POTENTIAL by participating in a local event near you!
Our first events start in Midcoast, April 4 - 27th. Click here to get started!
Make a BIG Resolution in 2019!
What if this year, you could resolve to do something more important, more impactful? Become a Big Brother or Big Sister! Just like Mihaila did! She and her Little Sister Savannah now meet every week for coloring, making clay sculptures and other fun activities. It doesn't take a lot of your time to make a big impact! #TheBigResolution
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 4-year relationship together. Watch the interview on WABI TV
Learn more about Littles waiting for caring mentors by following "Waiting Wednesday" posts on our Facebook Page every week!
How does Big Brothers Big Sisters help Kasaius?
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.
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.
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.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine Earns Quality Award
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s Nationwide Leadership Council has recognized Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine with a 2017 Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Quality Award. The award recognizes team leadership and quality community programming. We are one of only 28 agencies nationally to receive this recognition!