Volunteer to Start Something
as a Big Brother or Big Sister.
What’s in it for me? How much time will it take?
For a few hours a month (as little as one hour each week) you get to be a kid again and not have to worry about your job, classes or bills! Even better, you’ll make a BIG difference in your community and in the life of a child.
Who are the Little Brothers and Little Sisters?
Generally, our Littles are between 6 and 11 years old and are most likely growing up without a consistent, significant adult in their life. The one thing they all have in common is that they want a Big to call their very own. Other than that, they represent all walks of life and come from the 5 counties we serve.
How do I know I’ll get along with this kid?
Your time is extremely valuable, so we get to know you first, so we can find the best Little for you. We are the largest volunteer mentoring corps in the United States because we match you with a child based on your common interests, personality, time considerations and geography.
I don’t know much about kids, is that okay?
You bet! Behind the scenes, you’ll have a match support team cheering you on and helping you out if you need it!
How much is this going to cost me?
Being a Big is absolutely free (other than providing your enthusiasm and the gift of including a child in your spare time). In fact, you might make out on the deal: we provide fun, free activities (including tickets to theatre, sports and cultural events), and you might even be able to take an itemized tax deduction for any out-of-pocket expenses you might incur.
Why should I get involved…what difference can my role as a Big make?
Numerous studies prove that Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors can make a tremendous, positive impact on children. Relative to their peers without Big Brothers or Big Sisters, Little Brothers and Sisters are:
53% less likely to skip school and
37% less likely to skip a class
33% less likely to hit someone
46% less likely to start using drugs
27% less likely to begin using alcohol
more confident in their school work
better able to get along with their family
How often does Big Brothers Big Sisters become aware of and have to report cases of abuse/neglect?
Not very often. We certainly take every concern of abuse seriously. More often than not, our volunteers report concerns of neglectful situations. Those scenarios are addressed immediately and reported to the appropriate sources.
How many children in your program have been affected by physical/sexual abuse?
At the time of child intake we do our best to make sure there is no ongoing abuse to anyone in the household. Roughly, about 15-20% of the children in our program have an abuse history.