Big Sister Works to Recruit More Volunteers in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan

Early this month, there were 103 girls in Dorchester waiting to be matched with a Big Sister. View more photos from the parade.

On Sunday June 5, Big Sister Staff, members of the Diversity Council and Alumnae Board, and Big and Little Sisters marched in the Dorchester Day Parade to raise awareness of our need for more volunteers from that community.

One of the challenges we face at Big Sister is engaging more women as volunteers from the neighborhoods where we serve the most girls: Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.  As you can see in the infographic below, there is a large disparity in the number of Big Sisters (purple circles) living in those neighborhoods as compared to Little Sisters (green circles).

In the three weeks since the Dorchester Day Parade, Big Sister has reduced the number of girls in Dorchester waiting to be matched with a Big Sister from 103 to 60.

Big and Little Sister by neighborhood (2010)

Big and Little Sisters by Boston neighborhood (2010 data). In 2010, 70% of all Little Sisters and 47% of all Big Sisters lived in the neighborhoods of Boston. There is a large disparity between the number of Little Sisters living in Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan and East Boston as compared to the number of Big Sisters also residing in those communities. Click image to view a larger version.

This summer we are launching our Each One Reach One campaign, where we ask current Big Sisters in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan to help us recruit women they know who would make great Big Sisters.  Big Sisters know first hand that mentoring has a powerful, positive impact on a girl’s life so we’re asking them to to reach out to at least three women that they know and share their story. We hope that these stories will convince their friends, family members or colleagues to make their own commitment to becoming a Big Sister.

If you know a woman who would make a great Big Sister, ask her to visit to find out more information and to  fill out an application or have her contact Sheena Collier at

Little Sister Jada & Big Sister Heather in the Dot Day Parade. SISTERS = Smart, Inspiring, Sincere, Trustworthy, Energetic, Respectful and Supportive.

Posted on June 28, 2011, in Events, Volunteer and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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