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Giving Back: Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Within Inflection’s culture of giving back, we aim to give back to organizations that we are personally connected to. For this release, we made a donation to a connection on the opposite side of the country.

To celebrate our 9.0 release, we donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest (BBBS): a non-profit organization that coordinates one-on-one relationships between children facing adversity and people looking to provide support in the Central Mass/Metrowest region of Massachusetts. Over the last 50 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest has matched “Bigs” and “Littles” through strong partnership with local schools and programs and the support of community volunteers from colleges and other organizations.

Inflection’s own Molly Feit, a Content Associate who became a “Big” through her college field hockey team, nominated the organization for this release donation. Here, she shares her experiences.

How did you hear about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest?

The men’s lacrosse team at Holy Cross, where I went to school, started a tradition of volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters after they tragically lost one of their teammates in 2000. Their participation spread to other sports teams and organizations at Holy Cross, and then out to local colleges. Since 2000, the college program in Worcester, Mass has touched about 6,000 lives of both Bigs and Littles.

What drew you to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest?

Our program visited the kids at a local Boys and Girls club for about an hour once a week. For the first few months that I went, I wasn’t matched with a Little Sister. I went and hung out with the kids, which was fun, but didn’t feel any strong connection to go every week – until I was matched with Yamilette, my Little Sister. She was six at the time, but I could already see how smart and passionate she was. When I started seeing her every week, the hour-long visits suddenly felt way too short.

What was it like being a Big Sister?

Yami and I were always so excited to see each other every week and finish homework, play on the playground, join in on a game of kickball, or just run around the neighborhood. One of my favorite moments with Yami was when she was eight. I had said something and followed it with a joking: “Ah! I’m stupid.” Yami took my hands, looked me in the eyes, and told me with a straight face: “You’re not stupid. Don’t say that.” One year later, she was nine and playing on a stone wall. She climbed up and I told her that she was the queen of the world, to which she replied: “I’m not the queen… I’m the king!” She never fails to inspire me.

What did you take away from this experience?

At my school, it was very easy to get caught up in life within the school community: from classes, to field hockey, to balancing a social life. Sharing experiences with Yami taught me about how important it is to lift my eyes up from my own life. Her family welcomed me in as a part of theirs and invited me to her family birthday party every year. Yami sat at my college graduation with my family. I am still in contact with her and am so in awe watching her grow. We’re maintaining our connection from across the country, and I am so lucky to have been matched with such a talented, compassionate, special sister.

How can others help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest?

There are many opportunities to donate on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest’s website. Donations include both monetary donations and donating items. I think the best way to help out is to become a Big Brother or Big Sister. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America impacts and enriches the lives of Bigs and Littles across the country. Nationwide, there are about 30,000 Littles waiting to be matched with a Big. While the website gives many examples of how Bigs impact a Little’s life, I can say that the Little’s impact on the Big is just as valuable.

For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest, check out their website.

In January 2010, we began making a charitable donation every time we released a new version of our software as our way of giving back to the global community that makes our success possible. Inflection team members nominate causes and organizations that they want to support.

For a list of all the organizations we have donated to as part of our release cycle donations, check out our Giving Back page.

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