BE A BIG


STEP 1
TALK TO
BBBS STAFF

Learn more about the commitment 
and if it is right for you

GET MORE INFO


STEP 2
VOLUNTEER
APPLICATION

The next step is to fill
out a full Volunteer Application online

APPLY NOW


STEP 3
VOLUNTEER
INTERVIEW

The interview will let
us learn more about
you and who would
be a good little
for you



STEP 4
HOME VISIT& TRAINING
Meet your case manager and complete
the training with our professional staff


STEP 5
CHOOSE YOUR LITTLE
We will present you
with potential littles.  
Once you choose
him/her, it's time
to meet your Little.

COMMUNITY BASED MENTORING PROGRAM

Bigs and Littles get together on their own to share fun activities they both enjoy. Matches typically meet for one hour a week.

Getting together is a great time for both the Big and the Little. It doesn't require a special occasion or expensive activities; just a few hours every month to share the simple things you already like to do.  FIND OUT MORE...


SITE BASED
MENTORING PROGRAM

Bigs and Littles meet for one-to-one mentoring in the classroom, school library, school computer room, neighborhood community center, or other set location. Bigs and Littles typically meet once a week to read together, play sports or computer games, or simply talk about life and personal issues just as friends do.
FIND OUT MORE...

REQUIREMENTS


OUR LITTLES DESERVE THE BEST

Bigs must be 16 years of age or older, have a valid driver’s license and be willing to commit to a long-term volunteer experience (minimum one-year, however, most friendships last much longer).

They must also do the following:

  • Participate in a Volunteer Information Session
  • Complete the Volunteer Acceptance Process
  • Work with a Case Manager to select a Little Brother or Little Sister
  • Initiate contact with your Little on a consistent basis to schedule activities
  • Meet consistently with your Little for at least 12 months
  • Maintain ongoing communication with the Big Brothers Big Sisters staff

BEING A BIG IS FUN!

Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable things you will ever do. It's easy, too. Your Little can join you for the kinds of activities you already like to do, such as:

  • Shooting hoops
  • Playing a board game
  • Sharing a pizza
  • Taking a walk in the park
  • Watching a movie on Netflix
  • Just hanging out and talking

Just 1 hour a week or 4 hours a month can change a young person's life.

Depending on the Big Brothers Big Sisters program you're in, you will meet your Little at his or her school or in the community.

Little Brothers and Little Sisters come from all kinds of backgrounds. Some are really little (as young as six) and some are teenagers. Some may live on your block and some a few miles away. What do they all have in common?

They need the friendship and guidance of someone like YOU.

"As a Big, you're simply a friend. Your friendship fits your lifestyle. Busy people of all ages can get involved-choose the program that works best for you!"   -Ron, age 54, Big Brother

How to apply: The easiest and fastest way to get started is to complete our convenient online inquiry form.  

After you complete a short form online, a Big Brothers Big Sisters staff member will contact you. You'll then need to:

    • Provide at least two references

    • Participate in an in-person interview

    • Have a background check performed.

Alternatively, you may call 517-784-7181 during regular business hours to volunteer.

We're here to help.
Have a question?  Don't worry. Our trained staff will be happy to guide you through the application process. And when it's time to make a match we'll help you meet a Little in your area who shares your interests - and we'll support you all the way. We'll even give you some great ideas for activities that other Bigs and Littles have enjoyed through the years! 

You've been thinking about getting involved. Now you know how easy it is and how much your help is needed. Why not apply to be a Big today?

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BIG MEMORIES EVERY DAY

WITH LITTLES AT EVERY AGE

Rob Albertson has a busy medical practice in Jackson but he wanted to find time in his schedule to share the benefits of the blessings he has experienced in life with a young person in Jackson County. In October, 2008, Rob was matched in the Site-Based Program at Arnold Elementary in Michigan Center with 2nd grader and Little Brother, Corey. Over the past three-plus years (a total of four school-years), the two of them have built an amazing and close relationship.   




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