Robert & Kaleb
Rob and Kaleb bonded immediately over basketball, an activity they could safely play while staying socially distant. Kaleb gained so much confidence in his basketball skills that he’s going to join the rec league this winter. Kaleb says Rob taught him how to not give up, and Rob loves how outgoing and sweet Kaleb is. The two have fun no matter what they do!
Matched July 2020
Shea & Giada
As one of our Site-Based college matches, Senior at Union College Shea and her Little Giada haven’t met in person since March. But they’ve kept in touch over face time every two weeks like clockwork. Shea says that her match with Giada puts the world in perspective and allows her to take a step back from the stress of academia. Giada just likes spending time with Shea, especially when they have singing competitions, tell jokes and even act out scenes from her favorite TV shows.
Matched January 2018
Nicole & Namisha
Nicole and Namisha love to try new things – what Namisha calls ‘going on adventures.’ While they often do art projects and scrapbooking – and usually follow their outings with ice cream! – they like to switch up their routine with new games and new things to cook/bake. They have stayed close through the pandemic by having regular Facetime calls. In spite of the challenges, they haven't given up on their adventurous ways!
Matched January 2019
Gretchen & Velia
Gretchen and Velia are a crafty match. They’ve made everything from jewelry to Christmas decorations to beautifully designed baked goods. Gretchen says Velia has taught her how to go with the flow and Velia likes how nice Gretchen is. During quarantine, the pair played games like Sorry over Video Chat. Everything they do is beautifully documented into their match scrapbook!
Matched January 2019
Michael & Ahsavion
Michael and Ahsavion’s match barely started when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, but they’ve still managed to form a bond. They like to be active, whether it be hiking, picking apples, playing soccer or bowling. Ahsavion isn’t very talkative, but knows he can talk to Michael about anything. Michael likes how easy-going and down to earth Ahsavion is.
Matched February 2020
Rachel & Raeanna
For Rachel and Raeanna, spending time together is the most important thing, whether it be a trip to the arcade or just baking cookies at home. When they could see each other after the shut-down ended, they played bean bag toss and watched scary movies – Raeanna’s favorite. Their most special memory of their match was when Raeanna came to Rachel’s wedding.
Matched April 2013
Frank & Emeka
If the weather is warm, you can find Frank and Emeka outside! So when they needed to social distance this spring/summer, they moved whatever they did – from games of Pictionary to munching on hot wings – into the fresh air. With Frank, Emeka has tried new things like weight-lifting and wood-working. Frank says they have a mellow, joking relationship, and Emeka thinks Frank is great to hang out with.
Matched March 2013
Nickole & Haley
This match loves to read and learn together. While both consider themselves homebodies, they’ve done plenty of activities out and about, including painting, bowling, ice skating and a cooking class. Haley says Nickole is easy to talk to and Nickole enjoys their conversations – especially about books! Since COVID, the pair have taken many walks together and are thinking about taking up paddleboarding.
Matched July 2019
Jennifer and Sophia
Jennifer and Sophia love to go out for ice cream and work on crafts – painting pottery is one of their favorite activities. In the two years they’ve been matched, Sophia has become much more talkative, especially with Jennifer. In fact, Jennifer is the only one Sophia likes calling on the phone, making it much easier to keep close during these challenging times.
Matched September 2018
Vincent and Ah’Jamier
Vincent and Ah’Jamier spent the summer hiking while social distancing – and loved every minute of it! They had a blast on one hike when they found crayfish under the rocks in a stream. While reading isn’t Ah’Jamier’s favorite activity, they read books together, and Ah’Jamier’s reading scores have greatly improved as a result. They both enjoy the open and honest communication they have with each other.
Matched January 2018
Nathaniel and Zechariah
Nathaniel and Zechariah share a love of the outdoors and reptiles – even imaginary ones like Godzilla. Both say their favorite memory from their three-year match is when they went on a hike and saw a deer. While Zechariah still struggles in school, his mom says that since he was matched with Nathaniel, he is much more vocal and confident. Zechariah says of his Big Brother: “Nate is a great friend and a great ally.”
Matched June 2017
Abby and Trista
Abby and Trista just reached their one year match anniversary! Right from the start, they developed a bond over a mutual love of food. While staying socially distant, Abby has ordered food delivery from GrubHub for both herself and her Little and they have dinner ‘together’ over video chat.
This pair never run out of things to talk about! Trista says she tells Abby everything, knowing her secrets are safe. Abby adores Trista and thinks their match is perfect!
Matched July 2019
Jessica and Nevaeh
In the three years they’ve been matched, Neveah and Jessica have become close friends. They share adventures such as fishing, arts and crafts, and even played games virtually when they had to be socially distant this spring. For Nevaeh's last birthday, she looked forward to having the waitstaff at her favorite restaurant sing to her. When the staff said they didn’t sing for guests, Jessica grabbed a piece of cake from the buffet and walked back to their table singing "Happy Birthday," getting other diners to join in too.
Matched January 2017
Chuck and Shazir
When they first met, Chuck worried he couldn’t keep up with energetic Shazir. But in the four years they’ve been matched, the two have enjoyed plenty of activities: bowling, golf, ball games, and ceramics, to name a few. Chuck even taught Shazir to ride a bike!
Matched March 2016