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How to become a Big

WE’RE SO GLAD YOU’RE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A BIG BROTHER, BIG SISTER OR BIG COUPLE. IT’S TRULY A FUN, LIFE-CHANGING VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE THAT GIVES THE INVALUABLE GIFT OF YOUR FRIENDSHIP. HERE ARE THE BASIC STEPS WE NEED EACH OF OUR VOLUNTEER APPLICANTS TO COMPLETE.

Step 1 – Talk to BBBS staff – Learn more about the commitment and if it’s right for you.

Step 2 – Attend an info session – Come to a group info session to learn the next steps, and if you are ready to go, you will leave with your paperwork in hand.

Step 3 – Fill out a Volunteer Application – This can be done online by clicking this link or through printing and filling out a paper copy

Step 4 – Volunteer Interview – The written interview helps us learn all about you and who would make a good Little for you. (see word doc – Volunteer preference sheet)

Step 5 – Home Visit – Meet your case manager and complete your home visit with your case manager.

Step 6 – Choose and meet your Little – We will present you with potential Littles, once you pick him/ her it’s time to meet your Little.

 

 

Common Q & A

Q. How much time does it take to be a Big?

A. Being a Big means that you will spend between 2-4 hours per week with your Little for a minimum of one year.

Q. Does it cost money to be a Big?

A. No; you do not have to spend money on your Little and BBBS works hard to inform our Bigs of free or low cost entertainment options in our area.

Q. When do I pick up my Little and what do I do with them?

A. The awesome thing about our program is you get to decide what time works best for your schedule and your Little’s schedule for your weekly time commitment. “What you do” with your Little is as easy as finding common interests. Ask your Little what they like to do for fun and go do it. We find that a lot of our Littles just enjoy spending time with you.

 

 

Resources for Bigs

Resource Videos



BBBS St. Joe would like to thank Mosaic Life Care for making it possible to provide ongoing training and free resources for our Bigs. Click this link to visit our Vimeo account

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater St. Joseph

With a Big, Littles are 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs