FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who are Big Brother and Big Sister Mentors?
Big Brothers and Big Sisters come from all walks of life. They are committed to being positive role models and mentors to children.
They realize the importance of being open, honest and reliable.
How are volunteers screened for safety?
Big Brothers Big Sisters welcome sincere, caring volunteers and strive to ensure they are of good character. Prior to being matched with a child, legal and driver’s license checks are conducted.
Prospective volunteers must attend an orientation, provide character references, and be interviewed by a trained, professional program coordinator.
What happens after a match is made?
Once a volunteer is matched with a Little, a program coordinator provides support to the match with regular contacts to the volunteer, parent and Little.
Program Coordinator provide guidance, ideas for activities, and feedback on how the volunteer is making a difference.
How long does it take to match a volunteer once application has been made?
On average it takes 4-6 weeks to match a new volunteer. During this time, the following components are completed before the Match Introduction.
- Legal check
- Reference check
- Personal interview
- Match selection
What factors are considered when matching a child with a volunteer?
Matches are made based on: personality, similar interests, strength of the volunteer and needs of the child, personal preferences of all parties involved, age, race, and religion.
Are there fees for the families of Littles and/or the volunteers?
Services are free of charge for both Bigs and Littles.
Volunteers incur some costs associated with activities they choose to engage in with their Littles. Matches are encouraged to focus on spending time together, sharing simple day-to-day experiences.
How is the operating budget raised?
Funding for the Big Brothers Big Sisters is made possible through the generosity of the community via fundraising activities, the United Way, various philanthropic sources such as foundations and trusts, grant allocations and contributions from individual donors, special clubs and organizations.