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.
We are so grateful to each of you for your patience, understanding and support during this time. The health, safety and well-being of our staff, Bigs, Littles and their families are our top priority.
Even though we aren't in the office, we're still here for you! Our staff continues to work remotely, checking in with our Bigs and Littles on a regular basis and are providing support and resources on how they can stay connected and continue to build a trusting friendship during this time. We are also rallying behind the parents in our program as they face their own challenges as a result of this crisis. Our staff is still available for any inquiries or questions you may have. Please don't hesitate to reach out, and we'll make sure you get the answers and connections you need.
If you need to reach our Program staff with general questions, please call 517-899-9499 or 517-899-8670. If you are working with one of our Program staff members and have a specific question, please feel free to email the Program staff member directly.
If you need to reach our administrative or Leadership staff, 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 to the appropriate person.
Even though Big Brothers Big Sisters is operating virtually, there are still lots of ways to get involved!
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 your gift.
VOLUNTEER: We need Bigs, now more than ever, to support our local kids as they navigate this new landscape. We have over 90 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 Program staff is happy to get you started! Please email [email protected] for more information!
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!
Together, We Are Defenders of Potential.
More than 100 children are waiting.
When children and teens have the influence of a caring adult, they are more likely to avoid risky behaviors and to focus on academics. Today's youth face a variety of challenges, and being matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister can help them navigate these challenges and reach their potential.
Our volunteer application process can be completed from the comfort of your home or office with virtual interviews and virtual match meetings. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Big, please direct message us on Facebook or email us at [email protected]
Today is the day to make a difference in the life of a kid!
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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