Volunteer FAQ

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How do I become involved?

A: GETTING STARTED IS EASY!  Here’s how…

First, Apply.  
Please read this page before completing the simple «online application.  Your application will be reviewed by a member of our staff, and if it matches the needs of one of the children currently awaiting a Big Brother or Big Sister, you will be contacted and provided further instructions on the next steps.

Second, Get trained.
Complete online training and decide whether mentoring with Big Brothers Big Sisters is a good fit for you. Before sending you out with your Little, all volunteers will be asked to attend mandatory training where you’ll learn about the typical match life cycle as well as how to handle scenarios that may arise during your match.

Third, Get screened.
Because you’ll be working with children in a one-to-one setting, it’s very important to create a safe environment for both you and the child. Our screening process is very thorough and includes an interview that will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and allows us to learn more about you as well as which children will best match up with your personality. The Littles and their families go through the same process. Please be prepared to provide a valid government issued photo ID at the time of your interview. Also, at the time of your interview, you will be asked to fill out paperwork to begin your background check. We will contact three references that you provide on the application.

Fourth, Get matched.
You will then be matched to a child who will best fit your preferences and personality. Your initial meeting with the child is called a Match Meeting where you’ll have the opportunity to meet with your Little, his or her Parent/Guardian, and your Case Manager. During this time you’ll have the opportunity to discuss the guidelines for the match and plan your first outing together. After the Match Meeting you are officially matched and ready for fun! If you have any concerns along the way, your Case Manager will be happy to help you with advice. To ensure that you develop a strong relationship with your Case Manager, we ask that you check-in at least once per month to let him or her know how your match is going.

Additional trainings will also be offered after your match has started. You will be assigned to a Case Manager upon being matched who will keep you up to date on all scheduled trainings.
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