Heart of Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Our Programs

Changing Lives for the Better, Forever

Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks to change the lives of children facing adversity for the better, forever. We operate in the Peoria, Knox, and Fulton Counties. Our mentors work with children in the community and in their schools.
Our unique brand of one-to-one mentoring has a Big impact all over the nation.

Community-Based

Our traditional mentoring program allows the Big and Little to spend time together at least twice a month for a few hours at a time. Community-Based matches engage in activities that they both enjoy, such as going out for ice cream, attending local sporting events, baking cookies, and going to the zoo.

Lunch Buddies

Our school-based mentoring program, also known as “Lunch Buddies” allows the Big and the Little to see each other during the child’s lunchtime. This is a very easy way for many volunteers to get their feet wet, as the time commitment is minimal (1/2 hour each week). Matches spend the time chatting, working on homework, or playing games.
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What do we achieve?

Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children achieve success in school, helps them avoid risky behaviors such as getting into fights and trying drugs and alcohol, and helps them improve their self-confidence. We hold ourselves accountable to our supporters by regularly measuring our impact.

Who do we serve?

Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks to change the lives of children facing adversity between 5 and 18 years of age. Our network of volunteers, donors and supporters comes from all walks of life, and all backgrounds.

What do we do?
Our unique brand of one-to-one mentoring, in which a child facing adversity is carefully matched with a caring adult mentor in a relationship supported by professional Big Brothers Big Sisters staff members, changes lives for the better forever.

How can you help?
Whether you get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a donor, potential Big Brother or Big Sister, partner, advocate, or family member, you have the power to Start Something for a child today.

You can mail your donation to:

Heart of Illinois
Big Brothers Big Sisters
3618 North Sterling Avenue
Peoria, IL 61604
(309) 637-1771

Make Checks Payable to:
Heart of Illinois
Big Brothers Big Sisters