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.
Provide Children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers ("Bigs") and children ("Littles") ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community, we are accountable for each child in our program acheiving: higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships; avoidance of risky behaviors; educational success.
National research has shown that positive relationships between Littles and their Bigs have a direct and measurable impact on children's lives. By participating in our programs, Littles Brothers and Sisters are more confident in the schoolwork performance, able to get along better with their families, 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27% less likely to begin using alcohol, and 52% less likely to skip school.