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!
Will You Help Keep Kids Connected?
The children we serve are often among the most vulnerable in this pandemic as they experience daily food insecurity, domestic violence, and increased depression and anxiety. No matter what the “new normal” may look like in the coming months, we will continue to DEFEND every child’s GREATEST POTENTIAL, with your help!
WILL YOU BE ONE OF OUR 150 DONORS?
COVID-19 forced us to cancel or reinvent all of our 2020 fundraising activities, including our largest event, Bowl for Kids’ Sake. We are anticipating a loss of over $150,000—a significant part of our annual operating budget—which threatens to disconnect 100 Littles from their Bigs.
You can help make a BIG impact. A generous donor has offered an unrestricted gift of $10,000 when 150 people join our Keep Kids Connected Campaign! It doesn’t matter how much you give. When 150 people have donated, BBBSMM will receive critical support that can help keep kids connected with mentors who INSPIRE their GREATEST POTENTIAL! DONATE NOW!
Send us your gift today, or make an even greater commitment with a monthly gift. All donations are tax deductible and for non-itemized charitable giving, the CARES Act allows contributors to deduct donations of up to $300 on their 2020 federal tax return! To learn more, visit us at bbbsmidmaine.org or call us at 207.236.BBBS.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO OUR BIGS, LITTLES, PARENTS & GUARDIANS
Safety continues to be our number one priority and keeping our matches healthy is part of that. Fun and friendships and continuing for our school-based Bigs and Littles through our Pen Pal Program!
Bigs and Littles are encouraged to keep up with writing notes and letters, drawing pictures and sharing photos! As always, our staff will receive and review them before forwarding them to the correct match! If possible, we encourage Bigs and Littles to EMAIL their letters, pictures, drawings to email@example.com. If you need stamped, addressed envelopes, please let us know and we’ll happily send them to you.
Looking for other fun ways to stay connected? CLICK HERE for some "Apart But Together" match ideas!
Children across eastern, coastal and central Maine are invited to join us by sending letters and drawings of support to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will share with our Littles! Read more about this in a recent article: We are #BiggerTogether!
We know mentoring friendships are important to continue, and hope all our matches will join in the Pen Pal Program to stay in touch! If you have any questions or need materials, please reach out to Ted Fournier (207-592-4606, email@example.com) or Mae Slevinsky (207-592-4616, firstname.lastname@example.org).
THANK YOU to everyone for your understanding and patience, and for being amazing DEFENDERS of POTENTIAL!
BBBS OFFICES CLOSED TO PUBLIC INTERACTION
In compliance with the Governor's executive order, starting March 25th, we will be closed to public interaction within our BBBSMM office buildings in Augusta, Bangor and Camden until April 8th. We are working diligently to support our community’s children affected by this situation. Our staff is working remotely to increase communication with Bigs and Littles. We are here for you. Let us know how we can help! Call 236.BBBS (2227) or email email@example.com.
Are you a professional who is passionate about igniting the power and promise of youth through one-to-one mentoring?
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine (BBBSMM) is seeking applicants for open positions. LEARN MORE HERE!
Become a Big Brother or Big Sister! It doesn't take a lot of your time to make a big impact!
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
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.