What We Do
Big Brothers Big Sisters partners with individual donors, foundations, corporations, governments, and others to build the critical network of support that funds and enables the work of carefully matching children with caring adult mentors and provides ongoing support to the child, volunteer mentor, and child’s family.
Professionally trained Big Brothers Big Sisters staff members work with our partners in the education and juvenile justice communities to find children facing adversity and assess how our programs can have the greatest impact. Big Brothers Big Sisters targets the children who need us most, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty, and coping with parental incarceration.
How a Big Becomes a Big and a Little Becomes a Little
Before we make a match, we do our homework. After someone expresses an interest in becoming a Big, they go through a 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, impactful friendships. The entire matching process is made possible through donations — we can’t do what we do best without them!
What Do a Big and Little Do Together?
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.
- Playing catch.
- Reading books.
- Going fishing.
- Provide advice and inspiration.
Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekends. Others get together with their Littles in the evenings. And some meet with their Little at school or a specific site. Each match develops a schedule that works for them.