Why Become a Big?

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.

  • BE A BIG SISTER

    BE A BIG SISTER

    This is your chance to start something big. As a Big Sister, you can help impact the life of a child for the better. Great things can happen, no matter how little they start.
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  • BE A BIG BROTHER

    BE A BIG BROTHER

    You have a big opportunity in front of you—to not only impact a child’s life today, but to transform their potential for tomorrow.
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ARE YOU READY TO BE A BIG?

Ready to be a Big Brother or Big Sister? Just fill out our simple online application. After you complete it, a Big Brothers Big Sisters staff member will contact you shortly. You’ll have to:

  • provide references
  • participate in an in-person interview at your home
  • go through an extensive background check

Each step of the volunteer selection process is to ensure the safety of each Little in our program.

Get Started

Step 1

TALK TO BBBS STAFF

Let our staff know you are interested by submitting an online inquiry form or call the office for information.


Step 2

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

Fill out the (volunteer application forms). You will need to provide your driver’s license, automobile insurance and the names and phone numbers of four references.


Step 3

FINGER PRINTING

Make an appointment at one of the police departments that we are contracted with to get fingerprinted at no cost to you.


Step 4

INTERVIEW A BBBS

Staff member will interview you at your home to learn more about you and your interests to better match you with a Little. Staff will also walk around your home for a home assessment.


Step 5

TRAINING

You must attend a group training session at the BBBS office to learn about policies/procedures, requirements/responsibilities, developing and maintaining a successful relationship and child abuse/neglect education.

Step 6

SCREENING COMMITTEE

Once all of the background forms are complete and the above steps are completed, a screening committee will review all of your information you provided and that was gathered during the enrollment process, for final acceptance or non-acceptance.

Step 7

NOTIFICATION

You will be notified via phone and letter of acceptance or non-acceptance


For more information about being a Big, please contact us at office@bbbsmchenry.org or
815-385-3855.