V O L U N T E E R
CHANGE A LIFE FOR THE BETTER, FOREVER!
Many relationships between Bigs and Littles are part of our Community-Based programs. Community-Based mentoring relationships involve one-on-one outings and activities, doing things the Big and Little enjoy together, like:
Taking a walk in the park
Going to a museum
Attending an event hosted by BBBSSCO
Going on a hike
Hanging out and talking
Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekends. Others get together with their Littles on weekday evenings. Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them.
Studies show that children who have role models are more likely to improve in school and in their relationships with family and friends, and less likely to skip school or use illegal drugs or alcohol. Students who are successful in school are less likely to drop out, abuse drugs, or commit crimes.
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW DO I BEGIN THE PROCESS OF BECOMING A BIG BROTHER/BIG SISTER?
What is the minimum/maximum age for someone to volunteer?
Community Based Volunteers must be at least 21 years old, while anyone 18 years and older can Volunteer as a Big for a Day. Our agency does not have a maximum age limit.
How long does the screening process take in order to become a Big Brother/Big Sister?
This typically is a six-week process, but can happen sooner. This process is dependent upon the time in which an individual inquires about our program and is actually matched with a little brother/little sister. This also depends on how long it takes for a criminal background check to be performed.
Do all volunteers get accepted?
No. Volunteers are enrolled at the discretion of the Agency's Screening Committee.
Why is THERE so much paperwork when enrolling in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program?
This abundance of paperwork is necessary to protect children and volunteers and to gather information for making a healthy match.
What is the age range of the children in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program?
The children are eligible for enrollment from the age of 7 – 14, and may remain in our program until they are 18 years old and graduate from High School.
How often each week should I see my Little Brother/Little Sister?
We recommend spending time with, or reaching out to your little at least once every couple of weeks. This contact is very flexible and can be made just by calling one another or participating in activities together.
How much money should I expect to spend?
This is at the volunteer’s discretion, but the spending of money is not expected. Please do not purchase expensive gifts for your little brother/little sister unless first approved by either agency staff, or the parent/guardian.
What are the benefits for both children and adults participating in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program?
Each develops a long lasting friendship. Children involved within this program know they have someone who’s going to be there for them. This is a rewarding experience for both parties.
How often should I CONTACT my Match Support Specialist?
You match support specialist will check in with you at least once a month during the first year of the match. If you require any additional guidance, advice or support, you can contact us at any time.
Does your agency provide someone with whom I could speak with if the match isn’t going well?
Please contact the agency Match Support Specialist if this occurs.
Are there any restrictions that your agency places on the activities I do with my Little Brother/Little Sister?
This is up to the discretion of the parents. The only rule that our agency has is that there are no overnight visits.
Are there any suggested activities that I should do with my Little Brother/Little Sister?
Our agency suggests participating in activities in which the little brother/little sister has interests. It’s helpful to plan activities together in order to fulfill these interests. We also recommend activities that both the volunteer and little brother/little sister can participate. The agency offers activities throughout the year and we recommend the matches attend.
If a problem occurs with the family, what should I do?
Please contact your Match Support Specialist or call the agency office immediately. As a volunteer, it is not recommended that you take on family responsibilities.
Should I help my Little Brother/Little Sister with their homework?
Yes, because this allows for one on one time for the volunteer and the child to interact with each other.
Should I educate my Little Brother/Little Sister on certain topics such as drugs and alcohol?
The parent will discuss with you what topics you can discuss with their child.