Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie Niagara and the Southern Tier - BS Shandra

Volunteer to Be a Big!

Big Brothers and Big Sisters are caring individuals from every background, race, religion, and ethnicity that are willing to spend a few hours each month with a child.

Contact us to take the first step to becoming a Big. We also host weekly volunteer information sessions for anyone who is interested in learning more about our agency and the volunteer opportunities we offer.

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Join Dion Dawkins in Supporting BBBS!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie, Niagara and the Southern Tier is proud to team up with Buffalo Bills Pro Bowl Offensive Lineman Dion Dawkins and his Dion’s Dreamers Foundation to launch this year’s Touchdowns for Dreamers campaign to match more children with a mentor.

Dion has pledged to donate $100 for every touchdown the Buffalo Bills score this season. YOU can join Dion by making a donation with the link below!
Follow @BBBSENST to stay connected throughout the season.

A BIG Thank You to our Corporate Partners
West Herr New York and Sinatra & Company
for generously supporting Dion’s Touchdowns for Dreamers campaign.

Together, we can GIVE Big and WIN Big this season! #GoBills

Important Message from Big Brothers Big Sisters

We pray for the victims, as well as the families and friends of those impacted by the mass shooting on May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, NY.

We will continue to provide support and mentoring to our community, as always, during this difficult time.

The Resource Council of WNY is in need of volunteers for their food distribution effort. They have transitioned to 3 days a week (M-W-F) from 2pm–7pm through July 8th. Here is a link to their volunteer registration form.

We, at Big Brothers Big Sisters, believe in the power of young people and invite you to join us in empowering their potential.

This holiday season, we invite you to join our village. No matter the amount, your donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters can make a big difference for the Littles we serve.

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Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

We live in a country where race and ethnicity have created systemic obstacles for people of color.

Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks to remove obstacles and overcome barriers to achievement for all young people by connecting them with a mentor, a caring adult, who can be in their corner.

Our Commitment to DEI - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie Niagara and the Southern Tier
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Empowering Potential

We believe that in every child, there is incredible potential.

Big Brothers Big Sisters creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships between volunteer mentors (Bigs) and children ages 5 through young adulthood (Littles) in Erie County, Niagara County, and the Southern Tier of New York State.

Our Latest News & Stories

Check back here for the latest on what’s happening here with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie, Niagara & The Southern Tier.

Celebrating Hazel’s Story
March 7, 2022
Celebrating Hazel’s Story
Once a Little Sister, Hazel's experience with her Big Sister inspired her to give back and become a Big Sister herself.
Sponsor the 2021 Annual Gala!
June 26, 2021
Sponsor the 2021 Annual Gala!
There's still time to sponsor this year's 50th Anniversary Celebration—our Annual Gala re-imagined for 2021! Find out how.
Sponsor the 2021 Fore the Children Golf Tournament!
June 26, 2021
Sponsor the 2021 Fore the Children Golf Tournament!
There's still time to sponsor this year's big summer event—our 15th Annual FORE The Children Golf Tournament! Find out how.
Celebrating 50 Years of Mentoring
February 19, 2021
Celebrating 50 Years of Mentoring
In 2021, BBBS will celebrate 50 years of providing one-to-one mentoring to a total of over 12,500 children facing adversity in the community.
Statement of Guiding Principles to Advance Racial Equity and Justice
September 10, 2020
Statement of Guiding Principles to Advance Racial Equity and Justice
As leaders who are committed to equity and justice, as mission-focused organizations who are stewards of the public trust, and as a nonprofit sector with far-reaching impact on the national economy, the undersigned are committed to advancing racial justice and equity in all areas of civic and community life.