Please join us in congratulating Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters (JBBBS) of
Greater Boston! Its "Friend 2 Friend" program was recently awarded
one of the inaugural 2012 Ruderman Prizes in Disability from the Ruderman
We're proud to have had a long and productive relationship with
JBBBS - our CEO Helene Solomon serves on its board of directors.
And since last year, Account Coordinator Ben Levine has served as a
"big brother" and also volunteers on several committees for the "Big
Little Connection," JBBBS' young professionals arm.
"At Solomon McCown there is definitely an undercurrent of
volunteerism, where everyone is encouraged to give their time to
causes that are important to them," said Ben. "I started as a big
brother because I wanted to be a positive role model for a little
brother, but now I've gotten more involved. I hope to attract more
volunteers, because it's been such a fulfilling connection for
Friend 2 Friend is a ground-breaking program that matches Big
Brother Big Sister-type volunteers as companions for adults who
have disabilities. The Ruderman Foundation also recognized JBBBS'
pioneering work in providing Big Brothers and Big Sisters to
children with cognitive, behavioral, emotional and physical
Competition for the award was impressive- out of 150 entries
originating in seven countries, JBBBS is one of only four Ruderman
Prize recipients in the United States and 10 worldwide. This is a
tremendous accomplishment for JBBBS and its leadership, and will
undoubtedly result in many more people with disabilities in our
community receiving the hope and opportunities they need to
We look forward to continuing our support of JBBBS and its
critical mission for years to come!
By Brianne Miers, Senior Account Supervisor at Solomon McCown