100 River Rock Drive,
Suite 104, Buffalo, NY 14207
(716) 873-5833  
  807 W. State St. (C/O The United Way)
Olean, New York 14760
(716) 480.9614  |  fax: (716) 873.6350   |   info@beafriend.org

Community-Based Mentoring

A FEW HOURS a Month Can Make a BIG Difference

Community-Based Mentoring (CBM) is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship. It’s all about one-on-one time spent between the volunteer and the youth doing things they enjoy like going to a ball game, fishing, making crafts, visiting local attractions or baking cookies.

The schedule is flexible to meet the needs of busy Bigs and Littles.  Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekend or in the evening. Others get together with their Littles after school.  Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them.  

Prior to a Big & Little match meeting, the agency will assign an agency professional to work closely with the volunteer, the child and their family to assure everyone gets the most they can out of the relationship. Once the match is underway, they will maintain regular contact with everyone involved to help the relationship along, keep the volunteer up to date on agency events and to provide any additional support or consultation.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age for the Community-Based Program. Volunteers range from students, to retirees and everyone in between.


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A BIG Thanks to the funders of Community Based Mentoring and Transforming Buffalo Through Mentoring & Education™:

Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Buffalo Sabres Foundation
Children’s Foundation of Erie County
Cullen Foundation
Community Development Block Grant

Erie County
Marks Family Foundation
National Fuel Gas Company
PCB Piezotronics  
United Way of Buffalo & Erie County   
Variety- The Children’s Charity of Buffalo & Western NY