Be a Big Brother or Big Sister

Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things you can do. Help to shape a child’s future through empowering him or her to achieve their goals and have a lot of fun in the process. 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 it even more with your Little—and you’ll be making a life-changing impact.

Community-Based Mentoring

Relationships that involve one-to-one outings and activities, doing things the Big and Little enjoy together.

Site/School-Based Mentoring

One-to-one mentoring takes place at a school or a designated site.

M-3 Program

A drug prevention and character-building mentoring program for elementary school students

Bigs in Blue

A one-to-one mentoring program that matches youth with police/public safety officials to bridge the gap between law enforcement and our community

Beyond School Walls

Addresses the gap in workforce readiness programming by engaging youth, grades 6-12, in an office setting for regular, one-to-one meetings with a professional mentor with a partner company.

Program of Interest*
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(We serve Lucas, Wood and parts of Ottawa County)
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Steps to Become a Big

  1. Inquiry
  2. Information Session
  3. Return application
  4. Background checks
  5. Volunteer training
  6. Home interview
  7. Waiting list
  8. Pre-match
  9. Match
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Match Supervision

  • The caseworker will contact the parent/guardian, child and volunteer monthly for the first year of the match.
  • The client, parent and volunteer will contact their caseworker on a monthly basis to keep them Informed.
  • All parties will meet to conduct an Annual Match Evaluation at the year anniversary date.
  • All parties will meet to officially close the match and a letter will be forwarded to confirm

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Be a positive role model for the child
  • Follow all safety regulations and update driving information annually
  • Participate in developing goals for the match
  • Maintain consistent contact with the parent, child and caseworker.

Parent/Child Responsibilities

  • Child will ready and dressed appropriately for planned activities
  • Participate in developing goals and activities for the match
  • Restricted contact with the volunteer should not be used as a form of discipline
  • Maintain contact with the volunteer and caseworker
  • Parent will be supportive of the match relationship
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