2018 VOLUNTEER TRAINING DATES

PLEASE R.S.V.P. one week before your session

All Dates: 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Thursday, September 13
Wednesday, September 26
Tuesday, October 16
Thursday, November 15

PLEASE NOTE: You must be 18+ years of age to volunteer as a Mentor with our agency; please verify that you meet the minimum requirements for your program of choice. (See chart below)

ProgramRequires VehicleAvailabilityCommitment LengthSession Length
Big BrothersYesEvenings/WeekendsMinimum 1 ½ yearWeekly visits
Big SistersYesEvenings/WeekendsMinimum 1 ½ yearWeekly visits
Couple MatchYesEvenings/WeekendsMinimum 1 ½ yearWeekly visits
Big Bunch - GroupYesEvenings/WeekendsSept.-Dec. & Feb.-JuneMeet twice per month
In-School MentoringNoWeekdaysMinimum 1 semester (option to continue)1 hour/week
Bank BuddiesNoWeekdaysMinimum 1 semester (option to continue)1 hour/week
Game On! GroupNoWeekdays7 weeks – Fall and/or Winter Sessions1 hour/week
Go Girls!/Play On! GroupsNoWeekdays7 weeks – Fall and/or Winter Sessions1 hour/week

VOLUNTEER INQUIRY FORM

Please provide your basic information and we will forward it to the agency for follow up

How it Works

How The Volunteering Process Works

The order of the steps in the application and assessment process can vary from agency to agency, but the following is a general overview of the process. You, the volunteer applicant:

  • Completes an application with their local agency
  • Submits a vulnerable sector screen, criminal records check, and three or four references
  • Participates in a one-to-one interview with a staff member at the Big Brothers Big Sisters agency
  • Depending on the program, may be asked to participate in an assessment of their home environment
  • Successfully completes an orientation and child safety training
  • Is notified of their acceptance/non-acceptance
  • If accepted as a volunteer mentor, signs an agreement of confidentiality
The Matching Process

Similar to the application and assessment process, the matching process can vary from agency to agency and from program to program, but in general:

  • The caseworker, now familiar with the volunteer and the children and youth waiting to be matched, discusses a potential match with the volunteer, the child or youth, and, depending on the program, with the family
  • The caseworker arranges for a meeting between the child or youth, the volunteer mentor, and often the parent or guardian

If everyone agrees, the match can begin!