Why Should I Become a Big?
Being a Big Brother, Big Sister, or Big Couple is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do. Not to mention one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering him or her to achieve. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do.
There's a fit for you!
We know you’re busy. Cool thing is, there’s more than one way to be a mentor. We’ve got three, in fact. And they’re all designed so you can get involved in the way that works best for you. We’ll never leave you on your own. Our staff are trained social services professionals, here to help whenever you need it. You’ll be well-equipped with loads of information, advice, tips, and answers. And we’ve also got activity ideas, organized events, and a handy list of discounts available to our Matches.
Matches meet on a weekly basis on evenings and/ or weekends at the convenience of both parties. Volunteers coordinate match times and activities directly with the parent. Weekly meetings are usually an hour or so but will vary based on time availability and match activities.
Matches get to know each other and develop their friendships through various activities they enjoy such as taking a walk, attending sporting events, visiting the library or partaking in a favorite hobby, etc. The possibilities are limitless and flexible.
For this program option, you must have a driver’s license, access to a vehicle, and auto insurance.
Mentors visit a school near their home or work and are paired with a student on a one-to-one basis. These weekly meetings occur during the school year and usually meet over the lunch hour or after school. During the summer months, matches continue to keep in touch via phone calls or letters.
Mentors may also participate in a site based matched through their workplace. Rather than meet at a school, children leave the walls of their classroom to spend time with their mentors in the workplace.