Volunteers (Bigs) provide Littles with one-to-one time and attention in their communities, typically one or two times a month. During these unstructured outings, Bigs provide opportunities for Littles to enjoy the companionship of a caring adult outside of the home and school in various sporting, cultural, educational and other activities.
These are one-to-one outings and activities,doing things they enjoy together, such as:
Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekends. Others get together with their Littles in the evenings. Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them.
Research shows that matches that last at least a year have significant impact on the child so we ask our volunteer Bigs to make a one year minimum commitment to their Little and our program.Â Many of our Bigs and Littles build relationships that last for years, long after the Little has “graduated” from our program at age 18.
This is just like a Community-Based Match except a child is matched with a husband and wife.
Role models make an impact
National and local studies show that children who have role models are more likely to improve in school and in their relationships with family and friends, and less likely to skip school or use illegal drugs or alcohol. Students who are successful in school are less likely to drop out, abuse drugs or commit crimes.