So many ways to get started

Looking to get involved? Whether you’re interested in donating, volunteering or enrolling your child, Big Brothers Big Sisters offers several types of programs in communities across the country.

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67% of former Littles surveyed agree that their Big played a role in their decision to attend college.

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Big meets Little.

Big Brothers Big Sisters targets the children who need us most, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty or coping with parental incarceration. Starting something begins with finding a compatible 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.

Core Programs
  • Community-Based Mentoring
  • School-Based Mentoring
  • Campus and Site-Based Mentoring
  • Career Navigators
  Special Programs
  • African-American Mentoring
  • Hispanic Mentoring  
  • Amachi Program

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. Volunteers are charged a one time fee of $10-$20 to offset partial cost of background check.  Then we match Bigs and Littles based on compatibility. 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 (minus the small background check charge) 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:
  • Playing catch
  • Reading books
  • Riding bikes
  • Getting ice cream
  • Going to a museum or ballgame  

For more information about being a Big, please contact Sarah Walker, at swalker@bbbs-mv.org or 563.323.8006.

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