Volunteer to Start Something

What if every child fulfilled their potential? Think how amazing that would be. Now, you can start more Littles on the path to big things. Volunteer today!

Volunteering is fun, big time.

Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do. Not to mention, one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering them to achieve. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do.

Play sports together. Go on a hike. Read books. Eat a pizza with extra anchovies. Or just give some advice and inspiration. Whatever it is you enjoy, odds are you’ll enjoy them even more with your Little—and you’ll be making a life-changing impact.

Volunteering just a few hours a month with a child can start something amazing. So why not apply to be a Big today. There are kids out there ready to get started. Are you?

Community-Based Mentoring

Meet up with a child in your community three – four times per month to do things you both enjoy on days and times that are convenient for your schedule. Go to the park, watch a sporting event, grab a pizza, do homework or just give some advice and inspiration - you choose the activity and days! 

School-Based Mentoring

Meet with your Little Brother or Little Sister at their elementary school for about 45 minutes per week (or at least twice a month) during the child's lunch break and recess time. Youth and mentors spend time playing games, participating in structured activities, working on homework and hanging out on the playground together. Currently, we offer school-based programs in the Everett, Edmonds, and Mukilteo School Districts.

Kids Book Club(s)

Is a type of School-based mentoring program where struggling readers work in a group setting on literacy skills, including reading comprehension, discussion skills, and writing responses to age-appropriate literature.  Our Kids Book Club(s) usually meet once a week during the lunch time with 2 adult mentors and a group of 4 – 6 children.

Form a Company-Based Mentoring Program

We can work with you to customize a program where your company employees meet with children in a local school during their lunch time. Be part of something Big.

How do I become a Big?

All volunteer Bigs go through a screening process to help create meaningful, lasting mentoring relationships. The application and enrollment process usually takes 4-8 weeks to complete. Volunteers are matched based on preferences and mutual interests. Once matched, you will have ongoing support throughout your mentoring relationship.

Step 2: Pre-match Training

You will attend a pre-match training, which will provide you with an overview of the services offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters and a session on child safety and healthy youth/mentor relationships.

Step 3: Volunteer Interview

Once all applications materials have been received, a volunteer interview will be scheduled with our agency. This interview is to get to know you better, so that Big Brothers Big Sisters can help make a match that takes into account your interests, background, and personality. After a final decision on acceptance in the program is reached, we will use the information you provided to find a “Little” who would be a good match for you. You will be contacted and presented with a “Little” profile to determine if this is a potential match.

Step 4: Match Meeting

A match meeting will be scheduled with your Case Manager, your Little, and with the parent/guardian. This is a chance for you to start getting to know each other in a supported environment. Your Case Manager will help you introduce yourselves, go over ground rules and policies, and help you talk through what your first meeting together might be.

Step 5: Ongoing Support

Once the match is underway, you will be free to make plans to meet with your Little in the community with approval by their parent/guardian. Your Case Manager will support you throughout your match relationship, through regular contact. These contacts are made mostly by phone or in person, and they give you an opportunity to celebrate your successes and voice any concerns you may have with someone who cares and is dedicated to making your match a lasting and fun mentor relationship.