VOLUNTEER

We believe that all children should have the opportunity to succeed in life and live up to their full potential. Some kids need someone to help them along that path.

Spend a few hours each week as a mentor to a child and you can make a BIG impact in that child’s life. It’s rewarding and fun!

GET STARTED

HOW IT WORKS

 

STEP




1

APPLY

Fill our an application that introduces BBSVC to who you are.

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2

INTERVIEW

We meet all prospective Bigs and Littles to get to know their personality and interests. We also thoroughly background check all volunteers via Live Scan, DMV and the FBI.

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3

IDENTIFY

Let’s chat about what kind of program or match works best for you! Is it our traditional, community-based mentoring? Do you want to be matched with someone who has a similar personal identity? Do you want to do “couples mentoring”? Let’s talk about what your best mentoring match looks like.

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4

TRAIN

Participate in a short group training to prepare for your match.

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5

MATCH

A Big to a Little based upon multiple variables with a goal of creating a long-term friendship.

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6

HAVE FUN!

Have fun with your Little! You can enjoy your time together knowing that we support Bigs and Littles as they face the multitudes of challenges life creates, and monitor the matches for safety and longevity.

Ready to get started? 

APPLY TO BECOME A BIG

Your Little is looking forward to meeting you!

Our Bigs come from diverse backgrounds just like our Littles. They are regular people, just like you. You don’t need any special degrees or job skills. You just have to want to positively impact a young person. Role models come in all shapes and sizes, and you could be a perfect fit!
As a Big/Little team, you decide together what you want to do and then your Little gets parent approval. We recommend that you keep a consistent schedule of outings and get together on a regular basis. Your local Match Support Specialist will provide more guidance on this. Until your relationship is established the outings will also depend on the comfort level of your Little’s parents, your Little and you.
The quality of time invested with your Little is more important than the amount of money you spend. That’s why we don’t encourage spending a lot of money on your outings. The goal of the relationship is to help him see the world through a different lens so you can inspire him to become something he never thought possible. If you are going to spend money, we encourage you to seek out low-cost activities, especially in the beginning. Shoot hoops at a local park, play a game together, or share that pizza that you were going to have for lunch anyway. Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies offer donor-supported group activities that are a great way to meet other Bigs and Littles. As a Big Brother, you may also receive notices for free tickets to cultural and sports activities for you both to enjoy.
In the beginning it’s important for you and your Little to get to know each other. This can happen best on a one-to-one basis. However, over time it’s also valuable for your Little to get to know the people who are important to you. Just keep in mind that if you’re spending lots of time with others, your Little may begin to feel jealous or neglected. The main focus is the friendship you develop with your Little and the impact you have on their life.
Once you are matched with your Little, a Match Support Specialist from the agency will be in regular contact with you to provide assistance and give feedback. Any time you are unsure about what to do or how to handle a situation, you will have a Match Support Specialist there to help. They’ll help you with ideas for activities, guidance for handling possible difficult situations, and feedback on how you are making a difference.
No, Littles have a parent or guardian in their life already. What they need is a Big to spend quality, one-on-one time with them. Someone to have fun with, someone they can confide in, someone like you!