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Big Hearts Little Hands
YMCA of Indiana County
Vision, Mission and/or Purpose of Organization
The mission of the BHLH program is to foster confidence and self esteem through cultural, emotional, social and educational support for children at risk for drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, truancy and academic failure.
History of Organization
Big Hearts Little Hands is a mentoring program of the YMCA of Indiana County established July 1 2007. BHLH is a partner agency of the United Way of Indiana County.
Big Hearts Little Hands seeks to establish ongoing group activities and programs to provide additional services to these children as well as those on the waiting list and in alternative programs.
This support is primarily a one-to-one relationship between a child and the adult volunteer through frequent and regular interactions with the child.
Big Hearts Little Hands offers services to foster caring, competence, and confidence through emotional, social, cultural, and educational support for children between six and sixteen years of age.
BHLH is collaborating with Highmark to offer KidShape, a national recognized family based weight management program. The nine week program is for families with overweight children ages 6 to 14. The program helps children and their families through better nutrition, increased physical activity, and improved self esteem.
9:00 am - 5:00 pm / Monday through FridayAnswering machine available
Fees/Cost for Services
The child must be between the ages of six and sixteen, reside in Indiana County, and be in need of additional support from a mentor and able to benefit from a one-to-one relationship with a caring adult volunteer.A volunteer must be 18 or older and a resident of Indiana County. Volunteers must attend Big Brothers Big Sisters training and secure Act 33 and Act 34 clearances.
Volunteeers to work with children must be able to aquire ACT 31 ACT 32 clearances for child abuse and criminal record.Proof of residence in PA. Provide three professional references. Volunteers to work in the office are also accepted.
How to Access Services or Schedule Appointments
To access services call Big Hearts Little Hands office at 724-463-9622
We are handicap accessible
IF you would like to make a difference to kids in your community BHLH has more than one way to help. Help out at special events,offer hands on technical assistance, encourage your place of business to contribute dollars or goods, and of course the first and most important become a mentor.