The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Want to make a new friend and experience fun and new activities? Being a Big Brother or a Big Sister is a way to do that and one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do. As a Big, you have the power to make an impact on a child in the community and above all, just be there for a kid who needs a friend.
For just a few hours a couple of times a month, you can help a child succeed. Big Brothers Big Sisters is different from other mentoring organizations in that we seek volunteers who are committed and consistent, willing to serve at least a year, but we hope until a child graduates high school. It’s what makes our programs successful, helping kids who face adversity beat the odds. Professional staff are there to work with you, the child and the family throughout the course of the mentoring relationship to provide necessary training and support. Funding allows us to carefully make and support more matches. Sometimes, the supply of volunteers and kids is greater than the necessary agency funding. We are grateful for your willingness to be involved and while it is certainly not a requirement, we welcome you to also become a donor - as you volunteer or wait to be matched.
You and your Little can do things you already enjoy doing, just do them together! Like:
- playing a sport outdoors - learning a new skill together - like cooking - going hiking - playing video games - seeing a movie - just talking and hanging out
Requirements for being a Big in one of our programs are:
Be willing to spend time with a child at least two hours a week Be at least 18 years-old, (however we have no age limit for Bigs!) As you can see it doesn’t take much, so think about volunteering today!
Community Based Mentoring - matches Littles in one-to-one relationships with volunteer mentors, "Bigs." Matches meet on their own for 2-4 hours each week and participate in various community activities of their choice.
School Based Mentoring - matches 1-5th grade Littles at six Flagstaff elementary schools and one Williams elementary school in one-to-one relationships with Bigs. Matches meet during the school year in a facilitated after school group setting where they participate in competence, competence, and caring-building activities. BBBSF also runs a Lunch Buddies School Based Mentoring program where matches meet weekly over the Little’s lunch hour.
Step Up Mentoring - is a collaborative effort between BBBSF and Coconino County Juvenile Court Services to bring group and individual mentoring into the lives of court-involved teens. Groups meet weekly and participate in various activities that promote positive community connections.