Become A Big - Volunteer Application

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Big!

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Big Brothers Big Sisters focuses on one-to-one mentoring relationships which help youth in the program build their self-esteem, foster stronger relationships, have higher aspirations, and set and achieve goals.  

What does it take to be a Big? Ask yourself if you can... 
  • Meet consistently with your Little for at least an hour twice a month.
  • Commit to being a Big to your Little for at least 12 months. The greatest impacts are made when a child has been matched with their mentor for at least a year.
  • Dedicate the time you carve out of your schedule for outings to be just for you and your Little. One-on-one time is essential to helping your Little achieve their full potential!!
  • Maintain contact with BBBS each month. We will be there to support your match relationship to answer your questions, offer advice, to help you and your Little have a safe and fun relationship, and to share match activity ideas.
  • Have your own reliable transportation for meeting with your Little.
The youth and volunteer generally see each other 2-4 times each month for 1-5 hours. Bigs and the Little’s caregiver work together to schedule a good time for outings. If Bigs are volunteering for the site-based program, BBBS can help coordinate a consistent schedule for match meetings with the youth's school or after school program. 
Community-Based matches do ordinary, everyday things! Bigs and Littles may have interests in common, such as fishing, cooking, baking, a love of arts and crafts, or maybe the Big has a special talent that the Little would like to learn about! They may try new things together, attend special events, or even volunteer together. A Community-Based Big can pick their Little up just to hang out, run errands, grab a bite to eat, or go for yummy ice cream treat! Site-Based matches usually play board games, do homework, make art together or just hang out, talk and get to know each other. The ideas are endless! The agency also offers occasional group activities, such as ice skating, picnics, roller skating, and more! As a Big, you are volunteering your time to be a friend to a child. Just by consistently showing up, you make a huge impact on your Little!  

Overall, the agency is funded by private donations, grants and fundraising activities. The agency is a not-for-profit organization and contributions are tax deductible. Participants are encouraged to help with fundraising and promotional activities. 

Click next and fill out the application and initial paperwork. BBBS will call you to schedule an Information Session where you can ask any questions you may have and have a deeper discussion about the next steps! 

Have a picture of your driver's license and proof of insurance handy. You'll need to upload that for the application. 

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*Please use St. Joe for Indiana and St. Joseph for Michigan.

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Please provide at least three references. A reference from a Spouse/Spousal Equivalent or Significant Other is required. Substitute a family member if no Spouse/Spousal Equivalent or Significant Other. Please only list references that you have known for at least one year.
Familial/Spouse Reference

Professional Reference

Personal Reference

Volunteer Experience

Weapons & Firearms Policy

Video/Photography & Social Media Release

Social Media Policy

Confidentiality Agreement

Participation Agreement

Social Security Agreement