Join us this January for National Mentoring Month

Will you make a BIG resolution in 2019? 

Eating healthier and becoming more active? Reading more? Saving money? Perhaps getting a new job? 

What if this year, we resolve to not only change our habits or our job, but also to change lives? 

Because when you become a BIG, you won't just change your Little's life, you'll change your own too. 

Find out more about how you can join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County and to celebrate and support National Mentoring Month. 

Defenders of Potential

In October 2018,  Big Brothers Big Sisters changed our look. We wanted our image to reflect what we know each Big & Little feels - bold, empowered, ignited. 

Learn more below about out our urgent message, which is here in western Massachusetts and across the county: all children have potential, but not all children have someone to help them defend that potential. 

1 in 3 kids will grow up without a mentor

Our mission is to help children in under-resourced families thrive by providing life-changing, one-to-one relationships with caring adult mentors. With your support, these friendships will enrich the lives of over hundreds of kids in western Massachusetts communities this year.

How does Big Brothers Big Sisters help Kasaius?


When Big Brothers Big Sisters works to match a Little with a Big, we take into account the needs, personality, interests, and goals of both the child and the adult volunteer. We introduce the Little and his or her family to the Big slowly and make sure everyone is fully committed to the match before it is made official. Little Brother Kasaius is outgoing and up for anything, so he needed a Big who was creative and had a variety of interests.

Relationship Management

Children like Kasaius get the most out of their one-to-one relationship with their Big when the Big, the parent or guardian, and the child talk openly with their Match Support Specialist. Working as part of the team helping the child succeed, the Match Support Specialist can help identify problems, brainstorm solutions, and connect the family with essential services.


When Kasaius’ Big Brother saw the email from BBBS saying that there were spots open in a free acting class, he jumped at the chance to take Kasaius. BBBS affiliates across the country provide activities for Bigs and Littles and also alert Bigs to opportunities in the community. This enables Bigs to get to know other Bigs, who might be experiencing similar things and who might have great suggestions for more new activities.

Screening and Training

Child safety is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ highest priority. To achieve the highest standards possible, we work constantly to review and strengthen our background check systems as new best practices in the industry emerge. We also make sure our Bigs and our staff have the training and resources they need to help Littles on their path to success.

The Hartsprings Foundation

The Hartsprings Foundation, an independent non-profit agency, collects gently used clothing and small household items. Through their partnership with Savers Stores, items are sold at discounted rates with proceeds supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs through out Central and Western Massachusetts and parts of Connecticut. To schedule a pick up, click on the button below to get started. 

What's New from Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Sister Ava and Little Brother Miles

A Little Role Model

Bigs aren’t the only ones who can be role models. Little Brother Miles is a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Youth Ambassador and is a role model for LGBTQ youth all over the country. Through having people in his life like his Big Sister Ava, Miles knows the importance of having someone you can look up to and who will be there for you. “Having a person who is a little bit older, who has gone through life, who can see you as a person, and how you identify yourself, having that person is not only validating, it’s comforting,” Miles says.

Big Brother Tony and Little Brother Nasir

A Match That Lasted Much Longer Than Expected

At a breakfast for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware, a mother stood up and told the crowd about her son and the impact that his Big Brother was having on her son’s life. Future Big Brother Tony sat in the crowd and was moved by her words. “It touched me, and at that moment, I knew I wanted to become a mentor,” he says. Tony decided that he would volunteer for one year, but after meeting Little Brother Nasir and seeing the impact he could have, the match lasted much longer than expected.

Prominent CNBC, WellCare, Facebook, Greenberg Traurig, and Centurion Executives Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Board of Directors

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the nation’s oldest one-to-one mentoring organization, is pleased to announce the addition of five new members to its National Board of Directors.

Big Sister Sheila and Little Sister Alexis

Overcoming Hurdles

Little Sister Alexis and Big Sister Sheila’s match began with a hurdle. When it was time to meet her Little Sister for the first time, Sheila couldn’t make it–she was trapped inside her house. “I had a 5 to 7 foot drift of snow in my driveway, and no way to get out, and no way to contact Alexis’ mother,” Sheila says. The two didn’t let the hurdle stop them, though. They were able to meet soon after that, and began going to the movies, learning to sew, and reading books to each other at the library. While the match would go on to face more hurdles, each brought them closer and made their match stronger.

Big Brother Jacob and Little Brother Arual

A Path Towards a Brighter Future

Little Brother Arual was at a crossroads. He had big dreams about playing sports and earning scholarships, but he was also tempted to give in to peer pressure from the wrong crowd. His mom was determined to find something to pull him onto the path towards a brighter future. “I was so worried that he might get more involved with these kids, that I had trouble staying calm about it,” she says. She enrolled him as a Little through Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Opispo County, and he was matched with Big Brother Jacob. With Jacob’s help, Arual was able to get onto that path towards a brighter future.