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.

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Big meets Little.

Big Brothers Big Sisters programs are designed to matches children ages 5 through 17 with mentors in professionally supported one-to-one relationships. Knowing that some truly cares about the decision that make is a gift that more than 1,800 children are receiving through our programs across southwest Michigan. We have programs in Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, and Van Buren counties. The mentoring programs and services to kids, parents and mentors are flexible and can happen in community, in schools, at businesses, in churches, in community centers or within other organizations.

Core Programs
  • Community-Based Mentoring
  • School-Based Mentoring
  Special Programs
  • African-American Mentoring
  • Bigs in Business
  • Lunch Buddies
  • Faith-Based Mentoring
  • 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 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, fruitful friendships. It’s also important to note that the entire matching process is made possible through donations—we can’t do what we do best without them!

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 customerrelations@bbbsmi.org or 269-382-6800 x108.

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