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.
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides opportunities for volunteers 18 and over to be mentoring friends to children who need extra time and attention to succeed in school and improve self-esteem and relationships with family and peers. Volunteers are needed to be mentors to children 7-17 to to do everyday fun activities in the community as you build your friendship and make an impact. Volunteers enroll through Big Brothers Big Sisters and following an interview, references and a background check, are introduced to a little brother or little sister by BBBS staff. Regular support is available to assure that the relationship builds over time, and any logistical problems are resolved. Teachers report that children with Bigs have an improved attitude about school, better relationships with peer and adults, and improved academic performance. BBBS staff will introduce you to your Little and provide advice and support to ensure that the relationship takes off. Ongoing staff support will be available and you will have an opportunity to meet other like-minded individuals for peer interaction and support. Mentoring in Santa Maria, Lompoc and Santa Barbara/
Terms: Car Required - Must Provide Own Transportation; one year commitment