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Become a BIG!

Become a BIG or BIG Couple, Change a Life

You will make a powerful, positive impact on a kid's life.  Everyday activities are fun to share with your Little, like playing board games, going for a hike, shooting hoops or roasting marshmallows.  And the coolest part...your life will change for the better.

A Big Couple is a pair of Bigs who are married and want to be matched together to the same Little. This a great option for couples that would prefer a shared experience as opposed to each of them having their own Little. The benefit of a Big Couple is that the child can build a relationship with both parties and gain different perspectives from their mentors.

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EMPOWER A CHILD IN YOUR COMMUNITY

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Think you might be interested in volunteering with

Big Brothers Big Sisters?

To help you make your decision, evaluate yourself against the following characteristics of successful mentors.

  • I enjoy spending time with children and youth

  • I have the desire to build a developmental relationship with a child or youth where I’ll express care, challenge growth, provide support, share power and expand possibilities.

  • I have time, and am willing to commit to meeting regularly with my mentee

  • I am willing to commit for at least 18 months

  • I am a responsible, trustworthy and stable individual

  • I am caring and compassionate

  • I can be energetic

  • I am a good listener

  • I respect the values and beliefs of others, even if they are very different from my own

  • I am comfortable with the idea of communicating openly with the child’s parent or guardian

  • I am comfortable with communicating openly with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the 7 Rivers Region

  • I work well in a team

  • I have strong interpersonal communication skills

  • I have strong problem solving skills

  • I am able to set realistic expectations and be prepared for unexpected changes

  • I enjoy some or many of the activities that children and youth enjoy

  • I take my own safety and the safety of others seriously

  • I am comfortable with assuming responsibility for the safety and security of the child or youth during outings

  • I am willing to support a child/youth in identifying/planning low to no cost activities for us to do together

 

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.

Enrollment Steps

  • Complete the inquiry form.

    • BBBS staff will reach out and provide more information on the program options and the process and answer any questions you have.

  • Complete the online application.

    • The link to this will be shared with applicants via email.

  • Schedule your interview with BBBS program staff.

    • BBBS staff will complete your Background Check and reach out to your references once this is scheduled.

  • Once the interview is complete, BBBS staff will make Match Recommendation based on the information you provide during the interview and in your application.

    • This information includes any preferences shared with BBBS staff throughout the enrollment process.

  • Complete the online Pre-Match training and the Mandated Reporter Certification Course.

  • BBBS will send you an email notifying you that your application is complete and that BBBS is looking for a compatible Little to match you with.

  • When BBBS finds that Little, staff will schedule a call with you to present the match and answer any questions you have about the Little and their family.

    • You will be asked to approve or not approve the match. If you do not approve, BBBS staff will take notes to refine our match recommendation and aid our search for the best match possible.

  • If the match is approved, BBBS staff will work with both parties to schedule an introduction meeting for the volunteer to meet their Little and the Little's parent or guardian. During this meeting:

    • The match agreement will be read and signed.

    • Icebreakers will be provided to get the match off to a strong start by getting to know each other.

    • An outcomes and development plan will be started for the Little.

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Other Ways to Get Involved

  • Volunteer at Big Brothers Big Sisters 7 Rivers Region Fundraising Events

  • Volunteer at Big Brothers Big Sisters 7 Rivers Region to assist with day-to-day office activities

  • Volunteer to host a third-party Fundraiser