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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Niagara Falls

Site: Niagara Falls - Montrose Rd

Contact Details
Office Phone 905-357-5454
Website niagarafalls.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca
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Primary Contact Sarah Ludberg, Site Supervisor; Phone: 905-357-5454 ext 5; Email: sarah.ludberg@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca
Volunteer Coordinator Anna Mae Vaccaro, Intake Coordinator; Phone: 905-357-5454 ext 3; Email: annamae.vaccaro@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca
Primary Executive Frank Ruberto, Board President
Site Details
Areas Served Niagara Falls
Located In Community Niagara Falls
Address & Map
MacBain Community Centre
7150 Montrose Rd, Unit 7
Niagara Falls, ON L2H 3N3
 
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Intersection Montrose Rd and McLeod Rd
Mailing Address c/o Big Brothers Big Sisters of Niagara Falls 
MacBain Community Centre 
7150 Montrose Rd, Unit 7 
Niagara Falls, ON L2H 3N3
Service and Access Details
Description (Service) COVID-19: Physical offices are closed, but services have not been affected as staff are working remotely. Continuing to process/accept new volunteers and process new client intakes/referrals. Still matching children in mentoring programs. The majority of mentoring is taking place virtually at this time, but will slowly resume to in-person as social distancing restrictions are eased. School-based programming (ISM, Go Girls!/Game On!) will be offered virtually until further notice.  
 
TRADITIONAL BIG BROTHER BIG SISTER PROGRAM - Children are matched in one-to-one relationships with adult volunteers who serve as positive role models, offering friendship, support, guidance, and exposure to new opportunities and activities. 
 
IN-SCHOOL MENTORING - a program that takes place at the child’s school, during the school year. The In-School mentor spends one hour per week during the school day doing fun activities of mutual interest with the child/youth for a minimum of one school year. 
 
BIG BUNCH PROGRAM- provides adult role models and positive peer interaction in a group setting for children who are waiting for a long-term Big Brother or Big Sister match. Big Bunch Leaders commit to taking 2-3 children on outings approximately once per month. 
 
GO GIRLS! HEALTHY BODIES, HEALTHY MINDS- a mentoring program designed to encourage participation in physical activity, healthy eating choices, and the development of a positive self-image, among girls ages 11 to 14 years (grade 6-8). Seven sessions led by women mentors aged 18-25 years, Go Girls! incorporates fun educational games and activities to stimulate relationship-building between the mentors and girls, and self-reflection and group discussions about healthy living and emotional, social and cultural issues.  
 
GAME ON! EAT SMART. PLAY SMART. LIVE SMART! - a group-based mentorship program for boys ages 11-14 years (grades 6-8). Seven weekly sessions designed to promote healthier lifestyles, increase self-esteem, and strengthen relationships among male participants. Trained male mentors lead their group through fun physical activities, games, and discussions. Topics include nutrition, media influences, gender stereotyping, bullying, communication, self-esteem, body image, physical activity, and risk-taking.
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm * Evenings By Appointment
Eligibility Ages: 6 year(s) - 18 year(s) 
 
Children will be considered for intake/new referral up to 16 years of age. Once matched, a child/youth can stay matched until 18 years of age.
Application Contact Intake Coordinator, Anna Mae Vaccaro at annamae.vaccaro@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca or 905-357-5454 ext 3 to inquire about volunteering, or to enroll a child.
Languages English
Fees None
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Established 1964
Funding Fundraising
Elections Feb
Service Categories Adult/Child Mentoring Programs
Print Material Pamphlets available
Events Bowl For Kids Sake (Annually in Feb), Golf For Kids Sake (Annually in summer). Bingo (monthly), Raffles, Other Fundraisers - please contact Pam Swick Janjac at 905-357-5454 ext 221 for information regarding event(s) and fundraisers, or to make a donation.

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