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How you can help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois: Volunteer


Thank you for your interest in supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois! There are many ways that you can help. If you are interested in becoming a “Big,” we have several options that can be tailored to suit your schedule and interests. Our goal is to meet the varying needs of children from different populations. Click a program name for details.

  Champaign DeWitt Ford Livingston Macon McLean Piatt
Community-Based Mentoring Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Site-Based Mentoring Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mentor 2.0
Registered Student Organization Mentoring Yes        Yes  Yes  
Child Waiting List Activities Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Internship Program Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sponsor a Child Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

MENTORS needed!  Be a part of something Big!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois is placing a special emphasis on meeting the needs of our families by bringing in more men as volunteers. Only one out of ten new volunteers enrolling at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois is male, whereas a majority of our children applying are boys raised by a single female parent. Our boys need solid male role models to grow into responsible adults. These youngsters are ready and waiting for a few good men to step forward.  Being a “Big Brother” requires no special skills – just a desire to step in and make a difference.

Community-Based Mentoring

In the Community-Based program Bigs and Littles typically meet 2-3 times a month, for a minimum of one calendar year. We recommend that you keep a consistent schedule and that you see each other on a regular basis. Share an activity that gives you something in common to talk about. You want to select activities that give each of you a chance to learn more about one another. Buy a comic book to read to each other, play a board game, or take a ride in the car with the radio on and discuss the music! For children, playing can be learning.

Site-Based Mentoring

Our Site-Based program allows Bigs and Littles meet once a week in schools, and after school sites, to talk and have fun. Bigs and Littles typically meet 45 minutes to one hour a week, throughout the school year, to read together, play sports or computer games, or simply talk about life and personal issues – just as friends do!

Mentor 2.0 

Mentor2.0 matches high school students with college-educated mentors and provides them with the support and guidance they need to graduate high school and succeed in college and the workforce. Mentor/mentee matches get to know each other through an innovative combination of weekly messages (via a secure web-based platform) and monthly group events at the high school that mentor2.0 organizes and hosts.

Please tell a friend, brother, co-worker to contact us today!

Remember, it is all about those Little Moments that create Big Magic!