Let's Start Something Together
Big Brothers Big Sisters is not your typical organization. We help children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities. And we couldn’t do any of it without you.
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VOLUNTEER: We need Bigs, now more than ever, to support our local kids as they navigate this new landscape. We have over 80 youth in the Capital Region who are ready to be matched. If you have a few hours a month and a heart for youth, our team is happy to get you started! Please click HERE to submit a Volunteer Inquiry Form. If you have any questions about being a Big or the enrollment process, please feel free to contact us via phone or email!
Email: [email protected]
GIVE: Your generous support helps us navigate through these uncertain times, and ensure that our Bigs, Littles, and families continue to receive necessary support. If you feel so moved to contribute to our agency's work, please click HERE to make a gift. All funds stay in the Mid-Michigan community, helping facilitate and support one-to-one mentoring relationships.
SHARE AND SUPPORT: Your support means the world to us! Follow us on social media (@bbbsmcr), hang a flyer in your workplace breakroom, or host a virtual Lunch and Learn for your coworkers or friends!
Our staff works a hybrid schedule, and is in the office at varied times. However, we are always available by email or phone for any inquiries or questions you may have. If you need to reach someone specific, please feel free to email the staff member directly. If you are unsure who to reach out to, please email [email protected], and we will route you accordingly.
How does Big Brothers Big Sisters help Kasaius?
When Big Brothers Big Sisters works to match a Little with a Big, we take into account the needs, personality, interests, and goals of both the child and the adult volunteer. We introduce the Little and his or her family to the Big slowly and make sure everyone is fully committed to the match before it is made official. Little Brother Kasaius is outgoing and up for anything, so he needed a Big who was creative and had a variety of interests.
Children like Kasaius get the most out of their one-to-one relationship with their Big when the Big, the parent or guardian, and the child talk openly with their Match Support Specialist. Working as part of the team helping the child succeed, the Match Support Specialist can help identify problems, brainstorm solutions, and connect the family with essential services.
When Kasaius’ Big Brother saw the email from BBBS saying that there were spots open in a free acting class, he jumped at the chance to take Kasaius. BBBS affiliates across the country provide activities for Bigs and Littles and also alert Bigs to opportunities in the community. This enables Bigs to get to know other Bigs, who might be experiencing similar things and who might have great suggestions for more new activities.
Screening and Training
Child safety is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ highest priority. To achieve the highest standards possible, we work constantly to review and strengthen our background check systems as new best practices in the industry emerge. We also make sure our Bigs and our staff have the training and resources they need to help Littles on their path to success.
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