Match Highlight: Darragh and Andie

 Matched for just a few months, Mentor, Darragh, and her Little, Andie’s relationship has been blossoming into one full of fun and promise. Andie’s favorite outing so far was participating in a community service day hosted by Cathedral High School. Their day consisted of activities to support homeless shelters in New York City, like assembling care packages and making blankets and bags. Both Darragh and Andie got pretty crafty when it came to making their blanket, and in the end they were proud of what they had created. According to Darragh, community service “gives both [a mentor and his/her little] an opportunity to connect with the broader community, but it also opens up new conversations with your Little.”

With the help of our intern Hayley Redmond, CBSBB Mentoring staff researched and compiled a list of community service opportunities, organized by borough, so mentors could select one that was nearby the Little’s home. CBSBB believes that just as each one of our mentees receive services, it is important for them to give back to the community. Volunteering allows our Littles to get involved with new things, develop skills that can’t be learned in a classroom, and grow in confidence.

Asked if she would do it again, Big Sister Darragh said “Definitely!It was well run, we had fun but, more importantly, we were able to make a difference in the community!