What we are all about!
The Big Brothers Big Sisters program matches volunteers from western towns in Hillsborough County, all of Cheshire and Sullivan Counties, with “Littles” from the same areas. Creating matches is a time consuming process due to the extensive screening processes, background checks and compatibility assessments. Matches are based on proximity, the child’s assets and volunteer interests, as well as personality and interest level.
Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteering is different from many other child service programs as are memorable impressions a mentor makes in a child’s life, forever. It is a safe program for both ‘Littles’ and ‘Bigs’ because of the thorough background screening and supervision of all parties for the entire time of the match.
There are two main programs: site-based which meets one hour a week at a supervised school or community center, and community-based which meets at least two hours twice a month. Program Managers Julianne Manchester and Karen Brook have full responsibility for site-based programs in addition to making community matches through the year. Program Manager Laurie Waninger is responsible for a team of match support staff specialists who monitor the activities of each part in a match with monthly phone calls to each parent, child and volunteer in a match.
Regular recruiting events are held at Keene State College and Franklin Pierce University and the following high schools: Conant, Fall Mountain, Stevens (Claremont), Sunapee, Dublin School, Keene, Fall Mountain and ConVal.