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Fun things to do with your Little Sister (April Edition)

Belle Isle Marsh Reservation

Birding Belle Isle

East Boston, MA       

Saturday, April 14, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Bring your Little Sister to Belle Isle Marsh. This is a hot spot for bird sightings! Join a DCR Ranger and look for spring migrants in and around Belle Isle, and also enjoy a leisurely hike. Please bring binoculars. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. Meet at Belle Isle Marsh main parking area, off Bennington St, East Boston, MA. For more information about this event please visit http://www.mass.gov/dcr/events.htm.  


Terrific Tree Treasure Hunt

Saugus, MA

Friday, April 20, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 Visit Breakheart Reservation for a fun treasure hunt with your Little Sister during her school vacation week! You will learn about trees and Asian Long Horned beetles while searching for hidden treasure! Drop in anytime during the allotted time periods for the 45 minute hunt. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters ages 8-14. Meet at Christopher P. Dunne Vistor Center, Breakheart Reservation, 177 Forest St, Saugus, MA. For more information about this event please visit http://www.mass.gov/dcr/events.htm.


Teen Matches Give Back

Dorchester, MA      

Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

Big Sister Association is partnering with Boston Cares to help clean Dorchester park on Global Youth Service Day! We are inviting 10 teen matches to participate in this community service match activity. Gardening tools will be provided. Please wear long sleeves, full length pants and gloves. This event is free and is for Little Sisters ages 14 plus. For more information or to RSVP for this event please contact Jennifer Gentile at jgentile@bigsister.org or 617-236-8366. Space is limited to this event so please confirm with your Little Sister before signing up for this event.

Earth Day Recycling

175 N Harvard St.

Allston, MA  

Saturday, April 21, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  

Tour the Harvard Recycling and Surplus Center. Here used computers get refurbished, clothing is bagged, books are boxed, and items of all kinds are stored for donations to charities. Join Rob Gogan, Manager of Harvard Recycling Services, to make and take home your own recycled paper. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters ages 8-14. Space is limited, and advanced reservations are required. Call 617-495-3216 for reservations and more information or visit http://peabody.harvard.edu/family


Science of Sports

Madison Park High School

Roxbury, MA

Sunday, April 22, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Come learn about the science of sports! Dive into workshops, demonstrations, and activities with athletes, trainers, video game makers, sports medicine doctors, architects, and scientists! Learn how to make ice cream with liquid nitrogen and more! This event is free and open to the public and is for Little sisters of all ages. For more information about this event please visit http://cambridgesciencefestival.org/Home.aspx.

Inspiring Minds: Meet Women in Science

Museum of Science

Boston, MA

Sunday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

What are the opportunities and obstacles for women in science? Hear from inspiring women who are taking on challenges in science and technology. Meet these extraordinary scientists and entrepreneurs and learn how you can start your own career in a scientific field. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters ages 14 plus. This event is located at the Museum of Science Blue Wing Level 1. For more information about this event please visit http://cambridgesciencefestival.org/Home.aspx.


Arnold Arboretum Drop-In Activities

125 Arborway

Boston, MA

Sunday, April 29, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Drop-in with your Little Sister for some fun activities at the Arnold Arboretum! Stop by anytime during 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. for activities that may include scavenger hunts, science investigations, craft activities, stories, short guided walks and more. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters ages 7-10. This event is located under a tent outside of the Hunnewell Building or inside if weather is bad. For more information about this event please call 617-384-5209.
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Big Sister’s Annual Summer Picnic at Camp Harbor View

When asked what were their favorite parts of the Summer Picnic, many Little Sisters exclaimed "the pool!"

It was a picture-perfect Saturday as more than 150 Big and Little Sisters gathered at Big Sister’s Annual Summer Picnic held at Camp Harbor View on July 16. When asked what their favorite parts of the day were, the consensus among Little Sisters was that the food, the pool, and the chance to hang out with their Big Sisters “were the best.”

Every corner of the site was filled with laughter. At the Highland Street Foundation pool, four girls leap hand-in-hand into the sparkling turquoise water. A Little Sister is overheard encouraging a new friend who is taking her swim test. “You can do it. You have to have confidence in yourself.” Elsewhere another Little Sister challenges Big Sister CEO Deborah Re to a hula hoop contest.

A Little Sister challenges Big Sister CEO Deborah Re to a hula hoop contest.

These were just a few of the sights and sounds on a fun-filled day that included volleyball, sand-castle building, relay races, good food and great friends.

Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino, who was instrumental in the creation of Camp Harbor View, joined us to share his appreciation for the opportunities Big Sisters provide their Little Sisters.

“Thank you for the difference you are making in their lives,” he said. Ever the advocate for education, Menino also reminded Little Sisters of their summer reading lists and that they should not let the season pass them by without visiting the library to check out a few good books.

Boston's Mayor Thomas Menino joined us to share his appreciation for the opportunities Big Sisters provide their Little Sisters.

We want to thank everyone who made the day so special for our Big Sisters and Little Sisters: volunteers, friends and drivers! Matches were transported from the University of Massachusetts campus in Dorchester and over the old steel bridge to Long Island via the generous help of the MBTA and the Boston Transportation Department. We also want to express our sincere gratitude to The Connors Family, without whose support we could not bring this experience to so many of our Little Sisters.

Matches were transported from the University of Massachusetts campus in Dorchester and over the old steel bridge to Long Island via the generous help of the MBTA and the Boston Transportation Department.

Check the photos from the picnic on Facebook.

Big Sister Recruitment Calendar: Weekend of August 19th-21st

Do you want to know where to find Big Sister’s Recruitment Team? Here is a list of all the events where we will be recruiting Big Sisters this weekend! If you have family, friends, or co-workers who would make great Big Sisters, have them stop by any of these locations to hear more about how they can change a girl’s life. Also, we love it when matches stop by and say hi!

Recruitment Table

Friday, August 19th & 20th from 11:00pm-8:00pm

Boston GreenFest 2011
City Hall Plaza Boston, MA

http://bostongreenfest.org/

Map Location: http://bit.ly/r1gLzS

Bromley-Heath Tenant Management Corporation

Recruitment Table

Saturday, August 20th from 11:00am-5:30pm

Bromley-Heath Family Day

30 Bickford St., Jamaica Plain, MA

Map Location: http://bit.ly/r1gLzS


Recruitment Table

Sunday, August 21st from 1:00pm-3:00pm

Comcast Latino Family Festival

http://www.alpfaboston.org/2011-comcast-latino-family-festival/

Fenway Park., Boston, MA

Map Location: http://bit.ly/r1gLzS

It’s National Volunteer Week!

Little Sister Roseanne & Big Sister Joy Falk showing off their creativity at the 2010 Halloween Party.

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, we would like to thank our Big Sisters who collectively volunteered over 170,000 hours to mentor 2567 girls last year!

City Councilor Ayanna Pressley & her Little Sister Arianna

Little Sister Ashley & Big Sister Kerri Norris at Mentoring Night at Fenway Park 2010

Little Sister Victoria & Big Sister Jessica Reardon at the 2010 Walk for Hunger

See more pictures of our Big Sisters and Little Sisters on Facebook.

To learn more about becoming a Big Sister contact us at bigsister@bigsister.org ,  call us at 617-236-8060 or visit our website.

Big Sister Recruitment Calendar: Week of April 11th, 2011

Recruitment Table

Monday, April 11th from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.

Fitcorp in the Prudential Center

Roxbury Community College Job, Internship and Volunteer Fair

Wednesday, April 13th from 12 p.m. -3 p.m.

RCC, Student Center, Building 4-cafeteria

United Way Lunch-n-Learn

Thursday, April 14th from 12 p.m. -1 p.m.

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

Volunteer Expo at The Prudential Center

Thursday, April 14th from 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

Prudential Center

Big Sister Recruitment Calendar: Week of April 4th, 2011

 

Community Job Fair

Monday, March 4th from 5-8:30 p.m.

English High School in Jamaica Plain

 

Info Session at Arnold Worldwide

Thursday, April 7th from 11:30-1:30 p.m.

101 Huntington Ave.

 

Harvard Social Impact Career Expo

Thursday, April 7th from 2-5 p.m.

Gutman Conference Center—Harvard School of Education

 

Feminism and Dessert

Thursday, April 7th from 7-8:30 p.m.

Cambridge City Hall Annex

 

Strong Women Strong Girls Jump into Spring

Saturday, April 9th from 9:30-12:30 p.m.

Simmons College Holmes Athletic Center

Big Sister Recruitment Calendar: Week of February 21st, 2011

Calendar

President’s Day
All day!

“This February holiday has become well-known for being a day in which many stores, especially car dealers, hold sales.” (Wikipedia) . Is this really what America has been reduced to? Rushing out to get the best deal on a new car? Instead of trying to get the best deal, take a moment to reflect on your life. Do you really need a new toy? Can your money and time be better spent elsewhere?

For more information on how to donate or volunteer at Big Sister Association visit us at www.bigsister.org or call us at 617.236.8060

Babson College Tennis Team Meeting Presentation
Tuesday, February 22nd from 4-5 p.m.
Webster Athletic Center at Babson College

Grove Hall Library
Wednesday, February 23rd from 3-5 p.m.

Hill Holiday Informational Session
Wednesday, February 23rd from 3-4 p.m.
53 State Street
Boston

Wonder Women of Boston Networking Event
Thursday, February 22nd from 6-8:30 p.m.
Antler Agency
181 South St
Boston, MA 02111

Big Sister Recruiting Calendar: Week of February 14th, 2011

Valentine’s Day

All day!

Follow the advice of advice columnist, Dear Abby:

Be a sweetheart and clean out your closets. Take any items you no longer wear (or can’t fit into) and donate them so someone else can enjoy them.**  Call your friends and say ‘I love you.’ Bring flowers to someone in a nursing home. Offer to run an errand for someone who doesn’t drive.

Donate blood; pay someone a compliment; listen to your teenager; pray for your friends; or invite a lonely acquaintance — male or female — to join you for lunch. Obey the traffic laws. Do something nice for someone anonymously. And, before the day is over, resolve to be a ‘sweetheart’ more often than just today.

** Big Brother Big Sister Foundation collects donations of gently used clothing and household items, sells them to thrift stores, and makes a profit which is then returned to local BBBS agencies. For more information or to schedule a pickup visit: www.bbbsfoundation.org

Recruitment session at Tremont Credit Union in Dorchester for Holland Elementary School
Tuesday, February 15th from 10-11 a.m.
180 Mt Vernon St.
Dorchester, MA (inside Boston Teacher’s Union)

Eastern Nazarene College
Wednesday, February 16th from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Wellesley Women in Science Job & Internship Fair
Wednesday, February 16th from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Tishman Commons, Lulu Wang Campus Center

Recruitment table at Huntington Ave YMCA
Wednesday, February 16th from 3-7 p.m.

Grove Hall Library
Wednesday, February 16th from 3-5 p.m.

Big Sister Association 60 Year Celebration!
Keynote speaker, Diane Patrick, First Lady of Massachusetts!
Thursday, February 17th from 6-8 p.m.
Artists for Humanity EpiCenter
100 West 2nd Street
Celebrating 60 Invite