ROCKLAND — In January, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine added Penobscot County to its service area, joining the three counties it serves — Knox, Lincoln and Waldo. With this expanded service area, the agency added to its staff by recently hiring Matt Donahue as the school-based mentoring manager.
Donahue, a Bangor native, attended the University of Maine and holds a bachelor’s degree in public management and will complete a master’s degree in public administration in August. He is a member of Alpha Delta, a community service-based fraternity, a Senior Skull and is the vice president of the Class of 2010 Council. He is entering his 11th year as a volunteer umpire for Little League baseball and serves on the city of Bangor Parks and Recreation advisory committee and special committee on comprehensive planning.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to stay in Maine and to be able to give back to the community that supported me so much in my life. The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine staff and volunteers are tremendously dedicated to the mission and it is a pleasure to join them. The long-term impact we have on youth in our community is a remarkable accomplishment and something I am proud to work towards,” Donahue said.
As part of the expansion, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Mainehas opened an office at the Bangor Y on Second St. in Bangor. Alex Gaeth, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine CEO said, “We are excited about the skills Matt brings to our team and the opportunity which lies before us. Hundreds more youth will have opportunities to succeed as a result of this addition to our agency and service area.”
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, or 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. Big Brothers Big Sisters nurtures each of these matches with training, activities and professional support.