Big Brothers Big Sisters of Child & Family Services

Make a Difference

Growing up is never easy. That’s why having a mentor helps. A mentor takes time to listen, give advice, and lets a child know that what he or she has to say is meaningful.

The local Big Brothers Big Sisters program, part of Child & Family Services, provides friendships and role models to boys and girls living in the Greater New Bedford area. Having a Big Brother or Sister can make a real difference in a child’s life by helping him or her to better handle life’s ups and downs.

Be a Friend

Think about it. How many chances do you get to really make a difference? Big Brothers Big Sisters will give you that opportunity. By volunteering, you benefit a child directly and see the good work you’re doing week by week, month by month. Your job is not to replace a parent but to be a friend.

Being a Big Brother or a Big Sister isn’t hard. It means trips to the park, afternoons shopping, watching a movie and playing a sport. It’s sitting down listening to what’s going on in a child’s life and giving advice when asked. It’s the closest thing to being a kid again.

Who are the Littles?
1. Littles include boys and girls, ages 7 to 14 years.
2. Littles come from all ethnic, racial and economic backgrounds.
3. Most Littles come from single-parent & low income homes.

Who can be a Big?
1. Almost anyone can be a Big.
2. Bigs must be at least 18 years of age.
3. Bigs must have a valid driver’s license.

Volunteers come from all walks of life, economic levels, marital status and backgrounds. The bond they share is the willingness to make a positive difference in a child’s life. The most important thing they give is their time and friendship.

What is required?
1. The goal is four hours a month.
2. The commitment is for one year.


Make a Referral

Know a Big or Little who would like to be involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters? Submit a Referral Form to recommend a child who would benefit from having a mentor.

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Get Started

Fill out a Volunteer Inquiry Form or call the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program Outreach Office.

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Child & Family Services | Outreach Office
3057 Acushnet Avenue
New Bedford, MA 02745
Tel: (508) 990-0894
Fax: (508) 990-0298

Join the Big Brothers Big Sisters Advisory Board

We’re looking for dedicated community members who are passionate about Big Brothers Big Sisters and want to help spread awareness. Advisory Board members meet once a month at our 3057 Acushnet Ave. site in New Bedford to focus on ways to promote the program, increase financial support and increase the number of mentors.

If you would like to be a member of our Advisory Board and “Start Something Big”, please contact Deanna Bodeau at (508) 990-0894.

Advisory Board Members
Christine Bowden | Child & Family Services
Rebecca Tavares | Rockland Trust
Krista Machado | Child & Family Services
Linda Franco | St. Anne’s Hospital
Stephanie Taylor | New Bedford Community Connections