Big Pals - Little Pals of Greater Columbus

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy


3020 18 Street #10Columbus, NE 68601 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Big Pals-Little Pals is a mentoring organization that matches kids ("Little Pals") with inspiring adult mentors ("Big Pals"). We are a community-based program that allows our Big and Little Pals to share activities on their own schedule. Matches typically meet up on weekends or evenings for a couple of hours each week. We encourage free or low-cost activities like bike riding, board games, baking or just taking a walk around the park. Besides sharing a lot of fun activities, Big and Little Pals benefit from enjoying each other's friendship. Volunteering to be a Big Pal can be fun and rewarding. A few hours each week can change the life of both the Big and Little Pal for the better.

One of the most important pieces of the Big Pals-Little Pals program is that Big Pals are able to provide their Little Pals with a chance to be inspired and try something new. Little Pals are able to explore new environments and learn skills that they may not have otherwise had an opportunity to experience.

We serve the greater Columbus, Nebraska area.


Big Pals are carefully screened volunteers at least 19 years or older, who can spend a couple hours a week with their Little Pals. Big Pals are people of good character who are willing to be a positive role model and invest their time and interests in a child. A Big Pal provides emotional support, guidance, friendship, and understanding to a child.

An application form, background checks and home visits are required of each Big Pal. We ask that a Big Pal make a moral commitment to serve in the program for at least one year.


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