LEWISTON – The Child Health Center’s Big Brothers Big Sisters in Androscoggin County took time out to spend a recent Saturday with their “Littles.”

“Bigs,” who are adult volunteers from the community, gathered at d’Youville Pavilion with their “Littles” to enjoy sandwiches, salads, chips and drinks. With 27 matches in attendance, this was the largest gathering in the 11 years the mentoring program has been at the Child Health Center.

After everyone finished eating, the adults held a Chinese auction followed by a Chinese auction for the children.

Diane Blanchard, case manager for the Community Mentoring program, said, “It is nice to have activities where matches meet each other, as it allows the children to see that there are others just like theirs. It is good for them to see that other children their age share the fun of having a Big.”

“Bigs” are matched with their “Littles” through a process that considers the needs of the child as well as the interests of the adult and the child to be matched. They meet with their matched “Littles” twice a month, sharing in activities such as skiing, walking and sports events.

Many children benefit from the support of a caring adult as evidenced in improved grades, social skills, self-esteem and confidence.

Anyone who would like to learn more about becoming a mentor should call 782-5437 or 743-7035. The center is a nonprofit organization with offices in Auburn, Norway and Rumford.

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