Volunteering is Fun, Big Time
Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do. Not to mention, one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering them to achieve. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do.
Life is busy. Commitment can be daunting. Big Brothers Big Sisters offers a program that is flexible and fulfilling at the same time.
Our one-to-one mentoring model asks for parents, children and volunteers to give a 12 month commitment to develop a life-changing mentor relationship. Each month we ask that our Bigs and Littles spend a minimum of 4 hours a month together. So let’s look at the break down:
– 12 months x 4 hours = 48 hours
– In the span of one full year we are asking for what equates to two days of quality time to change the life of a child for the better, forever.
Volunteering just a few hours a month with a child can start something amazing. So why not apply to be a Big today. There are kids out there ready to get started. Are you?
What Types of Things Can You do Together?
Play sports together. Go on a hike. Read books. Eat a pizza with extra anchovies. Or just give some advice and inspiration. Whatever it is you enjoy, odds are you’ll enjoy them even more with your Little—and you’ll be making a life-changing impact.
Did You Know?
People who volunteer tend to live longer!
Improvement of cardiovascular health:
Volunteering can lower your blood pressure and improve heart problems. Studies showed that volunteers with a history of heart problems had reduced chest pain and lower cholesterol levels compared with non-volunteers.
Better Mental Functioning
Concerned about preserving your brain power as you age? An increase in cognitive (mental) functioning is yet another potential benefit of volunteering.
Overall mind and body improvement.
Volunteers have been shown to have reduced anxiety and depression and an overall sense of well-being. Volunteers have also been found to recover more quickly from surgery, sleep better, and have healthier immune systems compared to people who do not volunteer.