We’re always looking for people eager to positively impact a child and improve their community at the same time. Big Brothers especially are in high demand.
For a few hours, a couple times a month, you can give a Little the invaluable gift of your friendship. By simply changing their perspective of what the world can offer, you can literally start changing their life. Play a board game. Make fun crafts. Hit the playground together. Just as your options are unlimited, so is your Little’s potential.
Big meets Little
Big Brothers Big Sisters aims to help the children who need us most, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty and coping with parental incarceration. Starting something begins with finding a great match between a Big and a Little. Making these matches, and performing all the background work involved with them, is possible because of donations from people like you. It's also why we're able to offer such a wide variety of programs that pair children, ages 6 through 18, with role models in one-to-one relationships.
How a Big becomes a Big—and a Little, a Little.
Before we make a match, we do our homework. After someone expresses an interest in becoming a Big, they go through an extensive background check and careful interview process. Then we match Bigs and Littles based on location, personalities and preferences. And we provide full support from the start, so matches can grow into lasting, fruitful friendships. It’s also important to note that the entire matching process is made possible through donations—we can’t do what we do best without them!
What’s a Big and Little to do?
Each match is unique. Getting together doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activity—just a few hours every month doing things the Little and Big already enjoy. For example:
-Getting ice cream
-Going to a museum
-Providing advice and inspiration
What program is right for you?
Start changing a life. It will change yours too!
All children should have a chance to thrive. Some kids need someone to help them along that path. Turns out doing something important can be incredibly simple. With children across Hampden County waiting for a Big, there has never been a better time to volunteer as a mentor. It’ll be fun and rewarding. And our professionally trained staff will be there to support you every step of the way.
Community Based Mentoring
This is our traditional match in which adult mentors are paired with children ages 7-12, and agree to see each other for three hours, a couple of times a month. Each match is hand-selected by our team based on shared interests, geography and personality. Bigs and Littles plan their own outings filled with things they enjoy doing, like sports, going to the park or listening to music.
School/Site Based Mentoring
Volunteers are matched one to one with youth and meet together approximately once a week at a particular site at scheduled times. We work collaboratively with local schools, after school programs and other sites to match youth with adult volunteers.
Workplace mentoring programs allow students to visit real workplaces and learn from one-to-one relationships with successful professionals. Bigs in workplace mentoring programs get the unique chance to give back to their communities during their busy workdays. If you'd like to start a workplace mentoring program at your workplace, or if you have questions about how to get more involved, contact David Beturne, Executive Director.