So many ways to get started

Looking to get involved? Whether you’re interested in donating, volunteering or enrolling your child, Big Brothers Big Sisters offers several types of programs in communities across the country.

Start a College Grad

67% of former Littles surveyed agree that their Big played a role in their decision to attend college.

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See how we forge strong, long-lasting relationships.
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Start Something Today

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Big meets Little.

Thousands of children in our area face challenges every day. Those who have positive role models in addition to their families are more likely to succeed than those who do not. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ one-to-one mentoring programs are proven to help children overcome adversity and beat the odds. Big Brothers Big Sisters programs are designed to match children age 6 and older with mentors in professionally supported one-to-one friendships.

Core Programs
  • Community-Based Mentoring
  • Site-Based Mentoring
  Special Programs
  • Bigs in Business
  • Bigs in Schools
  • Big Couple
  • Big Family 

How a Big becomes a Big—and a Little, a Little.

Before we make a match, we do our homework. After someone expresses an interest in becoming a Big, they go through an extensive background check and careful interview process. Then, Bigs and Littles are matched based on location, personalities and preferences. And full support is provided to the Big, Little, and their family from the start, so matches can grow into lasting, impactful friendships.

What’s a Big and Little to do?

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. For example:
  • Playing catch
  • Reading books
  • Getting ice cream
  • Going to a museum
  • Providing advice and inspiration

For more information about all of our programs, contact Customer Relations at or 269-382-6800 x108.

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