Bourne MA: With over 20 children waiting for a mentor in the town of Bourne alone, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is gearing up to help those kids find a Big of their own this January. In partnership with the Jonathan Bourne Public Library, BBBS is hosting an informational session on January 4th from 1pm-2pm in the Community Room of the Library. Staff members from BBBS will be on hand to talk about volunteer opportunities, demystify what it means to be a Big, and answer any questions attendees might have.
“Bourne currently has the highest number of, and longest wait for, youth in our service territory,” noted JR Mell, Regional Director for BBBS. “Prior to the pandemic, we were able to serve Bourne youth in school-based mentoring models, with volunteers from large scale employers in town. Unfortunately, remote and hybrid work culture has forced the closure of these program models in Bourne, driving up wait times for youth.”
To meet the need, the agency is reaching out to the community and hoping to tap into potential volunteers, including recently retired residents who may have moved to Bourne, to become volunteer mentors. Both male and female identifying volunteers are needed, though male volunteers are the agency’s number one need due to the considerable number of boys referred.
Walk ins are welcome, however, pre-registration is suggested. Those interested may register at BBBS Facebook Event page (@capebigs) or by contacting BBBS Community Engagement Coordinator, Deb Martin at 508-827-8176 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands is an innovative, energetic organization that is clearing the path to the biggest possible future for over 300 youth annually. With research and proven outcomes at its core, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands is working to ensure every child has the opportunity to reach their fullest potential through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships. The organization’s vision is to inspire, engage and transform the Cape & Islands community by empowering youth to achieve their full potential, contributing to healthier families, better schools, more confident futures and stronger communities. For more information about this worthwhile cause and its important mission, visit www.capebigs.org.