Big Brothers Big Sisters Coming Back to Penobscot County
Over the next three years, hundreds of local kids will have the opportunity to have a big brother or sister.Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine announced it’s bringing the mentoring service back to Penobscot County.Big Brothers Big Sisters is partnering with the Bangor Y and the University of Maine in Orono to provide the services.Last July, DownEast Health ended Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Maine’s program in Penobscot County.Officials with the Midcoast Maine chapter immediately began working to see how they could fill the void. They say the program is beneficial for both the mentors and the mentees. “We all want someone to look up to and when you give each child someone who they can look up to who is a positive role model, someone they can talk to and ask questions to some very wonderful things happen,” said Alex Gaeth, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine. “He makes me laugh and things that he does, I just chuckle about. And if I’ve had a tough day, getting a chance to be with Bradley makes it a much better day,” said Bill Leathem, a big brother.For more information visit bbbsmcm.org.