Giving Back with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Giving Back to my Community

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America began its work in 1904, and the Franklin County chapter has been operating in our community for almost 50 years. True to the organization’s vision of helping every child realize their inherent potential for success in life by matching them with appropriate local mentors and providing community services and programs in support of youth. BBBS and their mission are a cause close to my heart, and I take great pride in giving back to support their efforts in my community. Supporting BBBS of Franklin county allows me to improve the lives of young people right here at home, and allows me to actively help my friends and neighbors, and the youth of Franklin county, to thrive.

How We Do It

Since 2014, Rustic Romance has offered a custom-made piece of furniture (commissioned from my carpenter son, Jeremiah) for auction at the annual Future Begins Here Gala. Last year’s piece was a console table, made with a gorgeous vintage cast iron base from an antique sewing machine and an added raw-edged wooden slab tabletop. On December 10th, we held a benefit at Bayer Farm for BBBSFC. We invited Bigs and Littles to come and have their photo taken with Santa in an antique sleigh; all proceeds went to BBBSFC and it was a Community Match activity that Bigs and Littles could attend together. We also donated a fully-decorated farm-style Christmas tree to the annual Yankee Candle Festival of Trees celebration. This is an annual indoor Christmas tree festival held at Yankee Candle Village: visitors can walk through a forest of twinkling decorated Christmas trees, which are then all raffled off at the end of the event with proceeds going directly to BBBSFC and, this year, The Franklin County Sheriff’s Regional Dog Shelter and Adoption Center. Our 2017 tree came with vintage ornaments, an antique runner sled, and was “potted” in an antique refurbished milk can.

Giving back to the community that has supported me, my children, and the growth of Rustic Romance, is incredibly important. I really believe in the power of giving back to one’s community; I know community support for organizations like BBBSFC is critical to their success as an organization, and the lifetime success of the young people they serve. I’m also a vocal proponent of community involvement–whenever Rustic Romance is up to something for our community, I try to encourage others to participate however they can by posting photos and updates to our Facebook. It’s a great place to start building engagement and simply promoting awareness of what kinds of opportunities to give back are available to us here in Greenfield/Franklin County.

I hope to see you the next time BBBSFC and Bayer Farm join forces in support of Franklin County’s youth.