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Care & Comfort Presents Gift To Big Brothers Big Sisters
Posted by Care & Comfort on 11/14/2013.
Care & Comfort, one of Maine’s largest Home Health Care and Mental Health Service agencies, and the employees of their Bangor branch recently awarded the proceeds from their Jean Fund to the Mid Maine chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters to help expand the organizations programs in the Bangor region.
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides mentoring services to children ages 5-14 facing adversity. Many come from single parent or divorced families with low income, and struggle socially and academically. Some have behavioral challenges, perform poorly in school, have low self-esteem, may distrust others or disregard authority. Matching these children with an older youth or adult allows them to receive support, guidance, encouragement, and a positive role model as they learn to become confident and caring members of their family, school and community. BBBS nurtures each of these matches with training, activities and professional support.
An ongoing collaborative fundraising effort between Care & Comfort and its employees, Jeans Day lets staff leave their normal work attire at home and wear jeans on Fridays for a $2.00 donation. The company matches every dollar raised and the employees of each branch select the local beneficiary semi-annually.
Heather Trask, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with Care & Comfort and a Big Sister, proposed BBBS to be the recipient and recently shared her thoughts about being a “Big”. “Being a social worker for many years I noticed a genuine need for mentors for children in our community. I contacted Big Brothers Big Sisters about becoming a “Big” and was matched with my “Little” in April of 2011. From then until July of 2013 we met once per week and engaged in a variety of fun, community based activities and quickly discovered as our friendship flourished how special, unique, and rewarding our relationship was. I was not providing a service or treatment to her, we were just able to be great friends, just being a part of a reciprocal, consistent, positive friendship was not only supportive for her, but taught me so many things about what it truly means to be a friend, a mentor. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid Coast Maine is an incredible cast of caring, hard-working employees and I am honored to be a part of their program. Sadly, my Little Sister moved to Southern Maine and I am looking forward to being re-matched in the coming months. It is truly amazing how just a few hours per week of our time can make an impact on the lives of children in our community”.
“We are proud to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters in the Bangor area in their mission of providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever,” said Susan D. Giguere, CEO and Founder of Care of Comfort. She added, “Our Company and our 600 employees share BBBS’s vision that all children can be successful in life and we are committed to assisting those organizations that improve the quality of life for children that help them to be the best that they can be. We are thrilled to partner with BBBS as they increase the scope and impact of their programs in Penobscot County”.