This is a place designed especially for Bigs to provide you with the support, inspiration, and materials you need to make your match even stronger. Want some ideas for more fun or want some answers to some hard questions? This is the place for you! Look here for exciting new activities and features designed just for you! Take a look around, and make yourself at home!

Winter Events 

 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Youth Mentoring Day in Boston

Saturday, January 12, 2019 

Volunteer at The Food Bank of Western MA

Spring Events

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Volunteer Appreciation Reception 

4:30 - 6:30 pm 

83 Maple Street, Springfield

Come tour our offices, grab a bite to eat, meet other Bigs & volunteers! Most importantly,  let us thank you for being a Defender of Potential for kids throughout our community! 


Saturday, April 27, 2019

Healthy Kids Day 

Scantic Valley YMCA - Wilbraham

11-1:00 pm free & open to the public


Sunday, April 28, 2019

Daffodil 5K/10K Run - Amherst, MA 

Volunteer with your Little at the 9th annual Daffodil Run! This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County is proud to participate in this fantastic event coordinated by our sister affiliate program, CHD Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County. 


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Corporate Bowl 

AMF Chicopee

3-5 or 6-8

Do you work for a company that has 5+ employees? Bowl for Kids Sake is a great team builder that's right up your alley! 

Friday, May 10, 2019

Community Bowl 

Shaker Bowl in East Longmeadow

7-9 pm

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Events

Bigs & Littles, Parents & Siblings

Join us and create BIG memories at the  Big Brothers Big Sisters annual summer picnic!

games, swimming, arts & crafts, and more

WHEN

Saturday, August 17 from 11 am - 2 pm

WHERE

YMCA Camp Weber

79 Great Plains Road

West Springfield

RSVP by August 15th

Email: [email protected]  or Call:  413-781-4730

Picnic fun rain or shine!

Fall Events

Come back soon as we are brainstorming great events and activities to take place this fall! 

Little Suggestions

FREE FUN FRIDAYS

provided by Highland Street Foundation 

Free Fun Fridays offer visitors no-cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts. This program was created to increase access and enrichment opportunities for children and families throughout Massachusetts during the summer months. Every Friday, from the end of June through the end of August, multiple sites are open for free. We reach out to schools, veterans groups, libraries, seniors centers, and many other community organizations to ensure that everyone knows that they are also welcome.

MOVIES IN THE PARK

Thanks to the Springfield Department of Parks & Recreation for showing a few family friendly classics around town! Bring your own blankets, chairs, and snacks and create a memory with your Little. 

 

Discounts

Interskate 91 

2043 Boston Road

Wilbraham

Notes: Little’s admission is free, but skate rental is not. 

YMCA Springfield

275 Chestnut St

Springfield

YMCA Scantic Valley

45 Post Office Park

Wilbraham

Notes: Talk to case manager for details

Pioneer Valley Roller Derby Home Games

296 Nonotuck Street

Florence

Notes: You will need to present your ID card as well as Roller Derby Coupon.  The 2019 PVRD Schedule is found on back of coupon.

Eric Carle Museum

125 West Bay Road

Amherst

Notes: You will need to present your ID card and ask for the “access pass.” This discount doesn’t include special events or events just for members.

Ticketed Events

GARDEN BROS CIRCUS

Tuesday, April 16

MassMutual Center

Free Ticket for child ages 2-13 with 1 paid adult

Tickets available at Big Brothers Big Sisters office. Call 413-781-4730 to reserve yours today. 

Resources 

FAMILY RESOURCES

Every day, someone needs to find essential community services, an after school program, a food bank, or where to secure care for an aging parent. Many face these challenges, but don't always know where to turn for help. log on to Mass211 or  Dial 2-1-1

HIGH EDUCATION

College Board

Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

A few features from this website to highlight include: 

    • College Search feature: Narrow down schools by location, type, majors, tuition, and more
    • Scholarship Search: Filter by academics, type of award, affiliation, and personal background

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts 

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts administers over 130 scholarships and two interest-free educational loans. Students who apply to the program may be eligible for many of these funds. Once a student completes the online application, CFWM will determine all funds for which a student may be eligible.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION

EmbraceRace

EmbraceRace is a multiracial community of parents, teachers, experts, and other caring adults who support each other to meet the challenges that race poses to our children, families, and communities. We welcome your participation. 

​How EmbraceRace?
At EmbraceRace, we identify, organize – and, as needed, create – the tools, resources, discussion spaces, and networks we need to meet 4 goals:
·      Nurture resilience in children of color
·      Nurture inclusive, empathetic children of all stripes
·      Raise kids who think critically about racial inequity
·      Support a movement of kid and adult racial justice advocates for all children