Big Friends Little Friends- Family Service, Inc.

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Basic Information

Address: 430 North Canal St Lawrence, MA 01840
Phone Number: (978)327-6640
Fax Number: (978)327-6601
Director: Leah Feroce

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Big Friends Little Friends- Family Service, Inc.
Big Friends Little Friends- Family Service, Inc.
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Additional Information

Causes Served: Youth ages 6-14 through mentoring
Clearances Required: Yes
Background Check: Yes
Population Served: Any child, ages 6-14, who needs and wants a mentor
Ages for Volunteer: 16 and up
Hours of Service: Usually weekday afternoons or weekends- depending on the volunteer’s and child's schedules
Minimum Hours Required: 1.5 hours per week or 3-4 hours bi-weekly
Days of Service: Any
Mission Statement:

The mission of Big Friends Little Friends is to make a positive difference in the lives of children by matching them with a mentor who provides them guidance, friendship, and support. We offer our Big Friends the opportunity to experience the magic that comes with opening a child’s eyes to new perspectives and possibilities.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Reaching out to one child affects an entire
community. The simple truth is, the more positive examples,
education, and opportunities young people have
in their lives, the more chances they have to succeed
in today’s world as providers, protectors and
mentors to their own children and community.
Research shows that one-on-one mentoring is
one of the best ways to have a positive impact on
our children and our future.

Program History:

Big Friends Little Friends, formerly Big Brothers
Big Sisters of Greater Lawrence, matches children
with caring adults who serve as role models and
friends. Although both “Big” and “Little” tend to
benefit from the one-to-one mentoring relationship,
by simply spending time together, the volunteers
help to increase their Little’s self-confidence
and create a more positive outlook for the future…
making a BIG difference!

Additional Information:

Basic “Big” Requirements:

Big Friends:

· Have a good sense of humor
· Use good judgment and discretion at all times
· Are responsible, stable and nurturing members of society
· Are at least 18 years of age (16 for site-based programs)
· Come from different social backgrounds, races and religions
Towns we serve in Massachusetts include:
Amesbury        Andover
Boxford            Georgetown
Groveland        Haverhill
Lawrence         Merrimac
Methuen           Newbury
Newburyport    North Andover
Rowley              Salisbury
West Newbury