HOW IT WORKS
Fill out the inquiry form below and we’ll get you signed up for an orientation to learn more about the commitment.
Both volunteers will receive an application to complete and return to our enrollment team prior to their interview.
Volunteers are interviewed separately in-person at our office. The interview allows us to make thoughtful matches based on factors like personality, interests, schedule and geography.
After being accepted into the program and matched, volunteers will meet their new Little and the child’s family for the first time at our office.
Frequently Asked Questions
When can we see our Little?
As a match, you decide together what you want to do with your Little’s parental approval. We recommend that you keep a consistent schedule of outings and see each together on a regular basis. Your case manager can provide more guidance on this after you’re matched.
How much money should we spend?
The quality of time invested with your Little is more important than the amount of money you spend. That’s why we don’t encourage spending a lot of money on your outings. The goal of the relationship is to help them see the world through a different lens. If you are going to spend money, we encourage you to seek out low-cost activities, especially in the beginning. Shoot hoops at a local park, play a game together, or share that pizza that you were going to have for lunch anyway. Big Brothers Big Sisters also offers group activities throughout the year that are a great way to meet other matches. A e-newsletter on the first Thursday of every month from our community engagement coordinator will have match event opportunities and discounts for matches.
What are some good ideas for outings with our Little Brother?
Share an activity that gives you something in common to talk about. Buy a comic book to read together. Play a board game. Hit a bucket of golf balls at the local driving range. Take a ride in the car with the radio on and talk about the music you like. In addition, the agency hosts over 60 events annually that are free to attend and include everything from kayaking and kickboxing to beach days. You want to select activities that give each of you a chance to learn more about one another. For children, playing can be learning. Most important: Keep it simple and enjoy yourselves!
Do we see our Little Brother together or separately?
Big Couple volunteers may spend time with their Little Brother one-on-one or on their own to meet the two-outing-per-month minimum.
What kind of support can I expect from Big Brothers Big Sisters once we get matched?
Once you are matched with your Little, a match support specialist from the agency will be in regular contact with you to provide assistance and give feedback. Any time you are unsure about what to do or how to handle a situation, you’re invited to call, text or email your match support specialist for help. They’ll help you with ideas for activities, provide guidance for handling possible difficult situations and give feedback on how you are making a difference.
Big Couple Eligibility
+ Both adults must be age 18 and over
+ Be married or in a relationship for 2+ years
+ Must live in Orange County
+ Have a valid CA drivers license and auto insurance
+ Commit to at least one year in the program
GET STARTED HERE
Please fill out the inquiry form below and our volunteer enrollment team will be in touch shortly.