What is a Big Couple?

Did you know that Big Brothers Big Sisters offers a volunteer experience for couples? 

The Big Couple program is a traditional mentoring match with a twist. One couple and one child build a life-changing friendship. Together, they work together toward goals like high school graduation and beyond.

Barbra and Adam Marangell believe being Big Couple is a volunteer experience tailor-made for their busy schedules. After being introduced to 10-year-old Little Brother Manuel in April 2016, they both agree it’s helped infuse new excitement into their daily routines.

“We both work full-time and have a lot going on, so it’s really been fun to take time out on the weekends or night time as his schedule permits to go and do fun things together. I feel like it’s brought us closer together as a couple because we do so many fun things that on our own, we would never do.”

“Yeah, the beach especially!” Adam adds. “I mean, we obviously live in Southern California, but we would never go to the beach together. Once we got matched with Manuel, we’ve been there like five times.”

Big Couples are matched with a Little Brother, spending time with him together or on their own. It allows ultimate flexibility for couples juggling work and other commitments.

Similar to the traditional program, Big Couples spend time with their Little a few hours twice a month, for a minimum of one year.



*Must be at least 18 years of age

*Be married for one year OR in a relationship of at least 2 years

*Live in Orange, San Bernardino or Riverside counties

*Have a vehicle and proof of auto insurance


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