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.

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How to Become a Big

To provide a mentoring relationship that will be beneficial to the well-being and personal growth of our Littles, becoming a Big requires a minimum of a 1-year commitment from the date you are matched.

Bigs and Littles are encouraged to share simple, everyday activities that focus on building a friendship and having fun while developing interests, skills and feelings of self-accomplishment for the Little. Big Brothers Big Sisters also offers a number of group activities and freebies, like tickets to local events provided by generous donors, for you and your Little to enjoy!

You and your Little set your own schedule, however, we ask that you commit to consistently seeing your Little at least 2-3 times per month, for a few hours each time. This could be an afternoon or evening during the week or on the weekend. You and your Little decide. An agency staff member will makes the initial introductions and continue to provide support to you and your Little for as long as you are matched.

Although age does not matter (our oldest Big is 85!), you must be at least 18 years old to participate in the Community Based Mentoring Program. Additionally, volunteers in this program must have reliable transportation to take themselves and their Little to and from activities.

Sign Up to Learn More!

Stand with us today! We need mentors now more than ever.

Sign up for a call with a BBBS Staff member to give you a chance to learn more about our agency and the volunteer opportunities we offer. Find out how you or someone you know can be a Mentor, a Big Brother or Big Sister, to a child that needs you.

To register for an info call, please click here or contact:

Elizabeth Friol
Inquiry Coordinator
Phone: (716) 873-5833 ext. 240

How It Works

We create a mentoring relationship between a Big and a Little based on shared interests, preferences and expectations.

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Steps to Becoming a Big

Here are the steps we’ll walk you through.

1. Apply Now Online

Apply to be a Big through our online form and a member of our staff will reach out to you to discuss your application and the next steps.

2. Volunteer Interview

When our staff member contacts you, they will answer any questions you might have and discuss our volunteer opportunities. If you are ready to take the next step, we will schedule you for a volunteer training and interview to start the screening process.

3. Meet Your Little!

Creating mentoring relationships is important to our mission. We create mentoring relationships based on interests, preferences and expectations of the Big and Little. A member of our professional staff will introduce you to your Little!

Community Based Mentoring

You can make a BIG difference by sharing time with a child doing things together in our community.

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Our Community Based Mentoring Program is our most popular program and is flexible to allow you and your Little to set your own schedule. Learn more about our other mentoring programs and see all of the other ways you may be able to help ignite the potential of children in your community.

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