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Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton  
Phone Numbers: 705-324-6800
Fax: 705-324-8000
Email: klh@bigbrothersbigsisters.info
Website: www.bigbrothersbigsisters.info
Address:
PO Box 761
Lindsay, ON
K9V 4W9
Street
Address
:
117 Kent St W
Lindsay
 
Accessibility: Not Wheelchair Accessible    Not Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility Notes: will make arrangements to meet at an accessible location
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
Executives: Jim DeFlorio - Executive Director
jim@bigbrothersbigsisters.info
Contacts: Emily Gartshore - Case Manager
emily@bigbrothersbigsisters.info
Carol Gorrill - Office Administrator
carol@bigbrothersbigsisters.info
Service Description: A non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to meeting the needs of children by fostering self-worth, positive growth and a sense of belonging. It promotes and monitors long term supportive friendships between children and caring adults.

COUPLES FOR KIDS - Similar to the traditional match, but in this instance, a couple is matched with one child for a unique two-to-one friendship. Some of our single-parent children may benefit more from this special friendship by spending time with a caring and respectful couple. Both adults must be at least 20 years of age and have been together for at least one year.

IN-SCHOOL MENTORING - A Mentee is a child between the ages of 6 and 12, who, with the parent and school's approval, is matched with an adult mentor. The Mentor and the child meet for one hour per week at the child's school during school hours. The goal of the friendship is to assist the child in boosting their self-esteem and confidence. The Mentor and Mentee may spend their time together doing such activities as: playing board games, cooking, crafts, reading, computers or physical activity. As with the traditional programs, volunteers must go through a screening process prior to matching.

TRADITIONAL MATCHES - BIG BROTHER, BIG SISTER MATCHES - A Little Brother or Sister is a child between the ages of 6 and 16, from primarily a single-parent family who, with the parent's approval, has requested a friendship with a Big Brother or Big Sister. An extensive screening process is initiated by the agency to ensure that the Little's needs, as well as the Big's and Parent's expectations, are fully explored and taken into consideration prior to a "match" being made.

INTER-GENERATIONAL MENTORING - Similar to the Traditional Match or In-School Mentoring, but in this program our volunteers are the 50 plus Retirees/Seniors. Offer your personal knowledge and life skills to children that are in need of a listening ear. Be a part of empowering a child or many children's lives. Watching them grow can be very rewarding.

Application: Waiting Period - Call for information.
Eligibility - Population(s) Served: 6 years for children and 18 years for volunteers * No maximum age for volunteers
Languages: English
Area(s) Served:
City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County  

This information was last completely updated on April 7, 2017

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