First Link Program

The First Link program is one of the initiatives of the Deerfield Parents Network geared towards the building of new relationships within the Deerfield community. Now entering its eighth year, it has become an important and valuable tradition.

As a volunteer, you will be assigned to an incoming family by the Office of Admission towards the end of May and would be asked to reach out before the end of the school year to welcome them. You do not need to be an expert on all things Deerfield! You just need to be willing and able to get in touch with your family before school ends, follow up through the year (late summer before school starts, right before Family Weekend, and some time during the winter) and help guide your family in their initial adjustment to the Deerfield community. We hope you will consider volunteering to become part of this supportive and welcoming initiative.

Here are some quotes from our First Links over the years:

“The new family was very grateful for the support and the conversation. I enjoyed it too.”

“This program is a great idea. Very thorough and can really help new families understand all the resources that are available right away.”

“We live about one and a half hours from the new family, and knowing that the student was flying to Deerfield and we were driving, we offered to haul her “stuff,” and the family was very appreciative, given the cost savings. A real tangible benefit of the First Link program!”

“[The new student’s mother] was absolutely thrilled to have a parent to talk with, extremely appreciative of this program. I followed up with a quick email and we are now friends on Facebook as well.”

“I was delighted to be matched with a family who share many of our own interests. After meeting for lunch a few times, we arranged for our families to ski together and now our children are also great friends.”

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