Community Friends Mentoring

Here at Community Friends Mentoring . . .

We provide professional support and resources necessary for successful mentoring relationships for local youth age 6 through 18. Any child in the community is eligible for our program. Community Friends focuses on serving children and mentors throughout all of Chittenden County. We take pride in the experience and longevity of Community Friends which was founded in 1982. For more than three decades, we have been able to create and sustain meaningful relationships for our participants. Outcomes have proven that youth who have participated in mentoring programs have shown increased trust in adults, a more hopeful sense of their future, have made healthier life choices, and are more likely to graduate from high school.

Please note: As of July 1, 2017, Community Friends Mentoring will merge with an agency in southern Vermont to become Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont (BBBSVT). 

The Chittenden County chapter of BBBSVT is an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. BBBSVT will continue to offer a professionally supervised mentoring program for Chittenden County youth, aged 6-13. 

If you are interested in volunteering as a mentor, or if you would like to know more about this program for a child, please contact Catherine Shahan at or visit the Big Brothers Big Sisters website at

Program Staff

Catherine Shahan, Program Coordinator.  Catherine has been with Community Friends for 13 of her 20 years at the Howard Center.  Catherine collaborates with other mentoring programs across the county as well as internal staff to provide an up-to-date and vibrant therapeutic mentoring program with ongoing support, activity ideas and options for those involved.  She loves feedback from mentors and families and is always looking to improve the program to meet the needs of the current participants. 

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