Who We Are, What We Do

The Cerebral Palsy Big Sibling Program is a community service organization committed to serving Boston-area children with cerebral palsy and their families. We match Harvard students with children recommended to us by the staff at Children's Hospital and Boston public schools, with the hope of establishing long-term, mutually beneficial relationships. We also organize group outings, parties, and other events.

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The children in our program range from 2-16 years of age, and have a variety of special needs such as motor and sensory impairments. Some are from non-English-speaking families, and we try our best to recruit volunteers who speak Spanish, Russian, Chinese, American Sign Language, or other languages.

Big Siblings serve as mentors and friends, making home, school, or hospital visits. They may help with schoolwork or leisure activities. We make an effort to incorporate the child's family into our relationships, meaning that brothers and sisters are always welcome to join in on activities, and parental involvement is encouraged.

Additionally, a group of around 10 volunteers visits the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton each week. There, they assist with after-school activities like swimming, bowling, and outdoor experience.

The CP Big Sibling Program is funded through private donations, Harvard university and Phillips Brooks House grants, and fundraising events. All of our services are provided at no cost to the families in our program, and many of the children come from low-income backgrounds.

If you would like to volunteer to be a Big Sibling to a child with cerebral palsy, refer a child with CP to our program, make a donation, or simply say hello, please send mail to Debra Grossman, program coordinator or phone (617) 493-8450.

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