In the Community-Based program, we match adult volunteers with children in the community. In this program, the match can go out into the community, participate in activities and can freely plan their match activities to their discretion. Community-based volunteers are adults 18 or older, and have available transportation. As a community-based “Big,” you are matched one-to-one with a child age 6-14, and you are able to set your own flexible schedule. Enrollment is easy and can be completed within weeks.
Parents, enrollment of your child is quite easy, however we do have a waiting list for this program. Waiting list times can range from 2 weeks to up to one year, all depending on the match criteria from both you and the volunteer.
Volunteers are asked to spend time with their “Little” for a minimum of a couple of hours (2-4) each week. Going to the library, watching movies, working on a school project, or going to a sporting event are some of the ways “Bigs” spend time with their “Littles”.
Looking to do something rewarding during your lunch hour or after work once a week? Join our Site-Based program which includes over 22 elementary and middle schools and after-school programs where you can visit your Little to talk, have lunch, work on homework, or play.
The goal is the same as with community-based volunteers: to have fun, engage the child, be a role model, offer encouragements and broaden horizons. You and your Little will usually meet once a week at a designated site. Intake can be completed in one hour and we can come to your home or your place of employment.
Many Site-Based volunteers are local college and high school students and are mostly made at the beginning of the school year, to ensure a school year-long match.
The High School Bigs Program is very similar to the Site-Based program, however it is designed specifically to match students in their Junior year of high school to stay matched with a child through their Senior year for a 2-year commitment. Instead of matching with a child at a local elementary school, high school bigs are matched with a child in a local community center/afterschool program. This is a great way to obtain community service hours and being a mentor looks great on college applications! To find out if your high school particpates in the High School Bigs Program, contact Linda Bailey Blount at (434) 528-0400.
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