About Our Organization

What does Big Brothers Big Sisters Do?

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children (Littles), ages 5 through 14, in communities throughout eastern, midcoast and central Maine. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. Professionally trained Big Brothers Big Sisters staff members work with our partners in the community to identify children facing adversity and assess how our programs can have the greatest impact. Big Brothers Big Sisters targets the children who need us most, including those living in single parent, low income homes, who struggle socially and academically. We think every child deserves the opportunity to succeed in life!

 

How does bowling help Big Brothers Big Sisters?

When you participate in Bowl for Kids' Sake, you have the power to change lives for the better, forever. We depend on the money raised from Bowl for Kids' Sake to carry out the work of carefully matching children with caring adult mentors and providing ongoing support to the child, volunteer mentor and child's family. Today you can Register or Donate to our efforts to change the life of a child forever!

 

How a Big becomes a Big—and a Little, a Little.

Before we make a match, we do our homework. After someone expresses an interest in becoming a Big, they go through a background check and careful interview process. Then we match Bigs and Littles based on location, personalities and preferences. And we provide full support from the start, so matches can grow into lasting, impactful friendships. The entire matching process is made possible through donations—we can't do what we do best without them!

 

What are a Big and Little to do?

Each match is unique. Getting together doesn't require a special occasion or expensive activity, just a few hours every month doing things the Little and Big already enjoy. For example playing catch, reading books, doing arts and crafts, sharing stories...creating life-changing friendships! Community Bigs sometimes meet their Littles on the weekends. Others get together with their Littles in the evenings. School-based matches meet weekly at their Little's school.