Big Brothers Big Sisters Receives Grant, High School Mentor Recognized

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Maine (BBBSEM) has been awarded a $500 Maine Mentoring Day Omega Grant from the Maine Mentoring Partnership. The program received the award “in recognition of its commitment to improve and expand the quality and effectiveness of mentoring in Maine,” according to MMP Executive Director, Nancy Anderson. “BBBSEM plans to use the grant to update and republish its Big and Little Handbooks and revamp its Big Training,” said Pat Saunders, director. The grant was awarded during Maine Mentoring Day ceremonies at the State House on March 31.

Sara Herrick, a high school Big Sister with the program, was also recognized as Maine Mentoring scholarship applicant. Sara received a $50 savings bond and a special certificate in recognition of her dedication to mentoring. The Maine Mentoring Partnership recognized 35 high school senior mentor & mentee scholarship applicants from 13 mentoring programs as “youth who have aspirations, plan and prepare for further education, serve in their communities, recognize the benefits of both being a mentor and being mentored, and have wisdom beyond their years,” according to its citation.

“We were proud to have Sara represent our program,” said Saunders. “She is an outstanding example of the amazing high school student Bigs who spend an hour each week mentoring an elementary school aged child.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Maine currently serves nearly 400 children throughout Hancock, Penobscot, and Washington Counties by professionally supporting one-to-one mentoring matches. The program offers community-based mentoring, as well as school-based mentoring in 25 schools. BBBSEM is a program of Downeast Health Services and a member agency of United Way. For more information, please contact Pat Saunders, Director, at 1-800-492-5550 or [email protected]