"Bigs" needed

Small time commitment could mean big changes in a child's life
Mentoring a child through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands can make a world of difference in a child's life. BBBS photo.

Centerville-based Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands (BBBS) is seeking volunteers to give a little bit of their time to make a big impact in the life of a child. BBBS is the only one-to-one mentoring program for children on the Cape and Islands.

Here on the Cape, there are thousands of children whose lives could be changed forever by a caring, responsible adult who is willing to commit a few hours of their time each month for at least one year.

According to recent census data, Barnstable County has the highest juvenile crime rate in the commonwealth. Nearly 3,000 children between 7 and 12 live in a single-parent, under-resourced home here--and many of those families live at or below the poverty level.

Adult mentors, or "Bigs", can make a long-lasting, positive impact on the life of such a child. In fact, according to Hadley Luddy, BBBS of Cape & the Islands Executive Director, 90% of children who have been part of BBBS have said they have made better life choices, 76% said their Big helped them learn right from wrong and 77% have improved their grades at school.

BBBS here on Cape and nationally, prides itself on the ability to create longer lasting matches than other mentoring programs, with an average match length of 38.4 months. A long and consistent pairing between the adult and child, helps the child learn to create quality relationships with adults and others.

Bigs range in age from 18 to 70 and come from all walks of life. Here on the Cape, BBBS is currently enrolling boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 12. To enroll your child and find a mentor, click here.

If you are interested in volunteering and mentoring a child here on the Cape and Islands, call 508-771-5150 or click here to learn more about the program. Click here to obtain the "10 Things to Know Before Becoming a Big Brother" fact sheet.

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