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.
The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midland Texas is to provide children facing adversity with professionally-supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better forever. Our vision is that all children will succeed in life.
We unite children, "Littles", with volunteer mentors, "Bigs". We refer to these one-to-one pairings as "matches" and encourage them to spend time together rediscovering the joy, excitement and mystery of the world in which we live.
"Bigs" are matched with "Littles" in either our traditional Community-Based Mentoring Program (where they spend their time out in the community) or in our School-Based Mentoring Program (where they meet at the child's school campus). Depending on the program, they spend as much as eight hours per month or one hour a week together. There is also an opportunity for older high school students to serve as mentors in both of these programs, and an important component of our service is the training, skill development and opportunities provided for these future community leaders. All BBBS volunteers make an initial one-year commitment to spend time developing a "match" relationship with a child; however, many "matches" choose to remain active for several years. Parents/guardians (who voluntarily bring their children to us for service) can be assured of the highest level possible of risk management and child safety.