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Big Hearts Little Hands


Organizational Information

Parent Organization

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.

Contact Information

Key Leader(s)

Bryant Pinder -  Coordinator of Youth and Family Development

Contact Person(s)

Bryant Pinder - Coordinator of Youth & Family Development

Contact Number(s)


Contact Email(s)

Web Addresses

Primary Address

Big Hearts Little Hands
60 North Ben Franklin Road
Indiana, PA, 15701

Service Information

Service Area

Indiana County

Service Description

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.

Available Hours

9:00 am - 5:00 pm / Monday through FridayAnswering machine available

Fees/Cost for Services


Eligibility Requirements

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.

Required Documentation

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

Miscellaneous Information

Handicap Accessibility

We are handicap accessible

Speaker Available


Volunteer Use


Volunteer Need


Volunteer Description

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.