Thank you for taking the first steps toward mentoring a child in your community. Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is a magical experience.

It’s easy to understand if you try this simple exercise:

Think back to when you were younger. Other than your parents, who touched your life in some simple but special way? Who was that person you always remember with a smile? Maybe it was your aunt who taught you her “secret recipe” or your next door neighbor who let you help fix his car. Maybe it was someone who took you to a ball game or taught you how to play “chopsticks” or showed you how to catch fireflies in a jar.

It was probably someone who just included you in an everyday activity because it was fun—for you both. Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is about sharing simple, magical moments like these with a child. Each of us had a special person who opened doors and widened our horizons. By being a Big, you can do the same for a child, and you will both be forever changed.

Benefits to you as a volunteer:

  • Opportunities to impact a child
  • Flexibility of schedule
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Exposure to different cultures
  • Respect from peers, employment, etc.
  • Match support to help you along the way

Think about your commitment potential.  Consider the amount of time you have to dedicate to your Little. Are you going to be in Gainesville for less than a year? Is it easier for you to see your Little for an hour at a time during school hours, or do you prefer to spend weekends with your Little? These questions will help you decide if you are better for the Bigs Inspiring Scholastic Success ProgramBigs Inspiring Scholastic Success Program Plus,  or Community-Based Mentoring Program.

The relationship between a Big and Little is mutually beneficial. Both lives are touched and changed forever. A “match” is a powerful force in positively influencing children AND adults in our community.

We will do our best to ensure that the interview process is smooth and easy, and we hope to match you as soon as possible. Begin by letting us know you’re interested! Fill out the information in the “Become a Big” section, and we will contact you with more information on the application process.

If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us by phone at 352-375-2525. We look forward to hearing from you!