Big Brothers Big Sisters to Launch New Program, in Partnership with
Nichols College, to Serve Children in Southbridge, Sturbridge & Charlton
Mentoring Matters Information Reception Scheduled for Tuesday, October 7
at Table 3 Chefs & Catering in Sturbridge
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest, Inc. is preparing to launch expanded mentoring programs in 2015 that will serve children in the towns of Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton.
The agency, which is headquartered in Worcester, MA, currently serves nearly 1,200 children in 40 communities throughout Central Massachusetts and Metrowest Boston. In 2015, the agency plans to hire a Program Specialist to focus exclusively on matching adult volunteer mentors with at-risk children in southern Worcester County communities including Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton. In addition to recruiting more adult volunteers who will meet with their child mentees weekly, the new hire will also work to launch after-school mentoring programs in both Southbridge and Webster in early 2015.
Table 3 Restaurant Group has donated their new function facility, Table 3 Chefs & Catering, at 420 Main Street in Sturbridge, as well as refreshments, for a special Mentoring Matters Reception on Tuesday evening, October 7th from 5PM until 6:30PM. At the event, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest will provide more details on the new initiative and the Nichols College partnership. Those interested in attending the reception or for more information are invited to email John Slattery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nichols College has pledged to support Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor recruitment efforts, and help identify students interested in meeting with children once a week after school in Southbridge and Webster. Nichols College may also provide space for the agency to operate a satellite office for the region.
"We are thrilled that Big Brothers Big Sisters is focusing energy and resources on southern Worcester County," said Nichols College President Susan Engelkemeyer. "Through our past association with the agency, we have seen the impact our student athletes can have on children facing adversity. We know that this new program, which will include occasional visits by the Littles to Nichols College, will serve to inspire the children to succeed with their academics. And as an added benefit, our student athletes will be inspired and humbled by the experience as well. "
"Our agency is very lucky to have so many committed and passionate friends in Southern Worcester County. From Sturbridge resident and agency Corporator Pauline White, who is a tireless volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters, to the administration and students at Nichols College, to the support and partnership of Glenn Juchno and the Tri-Community YMCA, we are excited about the reception we have received and our ability to raise the needed funds to effectively serve the communities of Southern Worcester County," said Jeffrey Chin, Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass Metrowest, Inc.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Mass/Metrowest has served youth in Worcester County since 1963. The agency's mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported, one-to-one relationships with adult mentors, which will change their lives for the better, forever. The Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring model works. Children in Big Brothers Big Sisters Programs are 89% less likely to engage in risky behavior and 95% report improvement in educational success. Learn more at www.bbbscm.org.