Big Brothers Big Sisters serves the children who need us the most, including those living in single-parent homes, growing up in poverty, and coping with parental incarceration, though there is no standard reason for becoming a Little. Our professional staff interviews and accesses each child on a case-by-case basis.
Be a Big
Making the best possible match between Little and Big is critical to the growth and development of a child. But before we begin the matching process, we start by thoroughly screening potential Bigs.
Big Brother/ Sisters/Couples do something withe their littles about once a week for a full-year. When spending time together, we stress that they do low-cost-no-cost activities, which is a lot more fun, easier, and better for our littles. Here are some examples:
- Throwing a ball
- Playing video games
- Hanging out
- [The Bigs and Littles hobby here]
- [Yes, it really is that simple]
Our standards require each volunteer to complete an extensive screening process that includes:
- Written application
- Background and reference checks
- In-person interview
- Orientation and training process
Big Brothers Big Sisters also provides child safety tips to you and your child, and we welcome your questions and feedback. Throughout the life of the match, our professional staff will be in ongoing communication with you, your child, and your child's Big. After we accept Bigs, we find the Littles that would benefit the most from being matched with them (based on location, need, time spent on the waiting list, personality, scheduling, preferences, etc).
Please use the Contact Us form to start the process or if you have any questions.
Lunch Buddies is the easiest program and lowest level of commitment we offer to families with children attending one of our 16 parenting Springfield Elementary schools. Matches only meet during the child's scheduled lunch period on school grounds. The same process and criteria must be met as listed above in Be a Big category.
- 30 minutes once a week
- one full-year of commitment
Please use the button below to see the location of schools who are participating in this program:
Use the Contact Us form to start the process or if you have any questions.
Parents and Guardians
Parents and guardians are not just part of the process, they’re part of the success.
When it comes to the future of our children and the well-being of our communities, we’re all in this together. So it should come as no surprise that we need the parents and guardians of Littles to be involved every step of the way, starting with the initial match. Not only will you provide information about your child’s strengths and needs, but you’ll also approve the selection of the Big Brother or Big Sister.
Once the match is made, you remain closely involved in many ways, including:
- Approving activities and outings for your child and their Big
- Asking your child questions about those outings, and sharing what you learn with the agency staff
- Reporting your child’s progress and milestones to the agency on a regular basis (Big Brothers Big Sisters will contact you, but we welcome your feedback any time)
- Participating in training on child safety offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, and communicating with your child about the training he or she receives.