Big Brothers Big Sisters offers multiple Site-Based Programs.
The first program is Lunch Buddies. Volunteers are matched with a student to meet during the child's lunch/recess period at the child's school throughout the school year. These programs were designed to reach the child at school and with a relatively low hourly commitment for our volunteers. This volunteer opportunity is perfect for the busy business professional who may have a flexible work environment and does not want to commit to volunteering on weekends or evenings. This program also works well for college students, retirees, stay-at-home individuals or high school volunteers. The adult and youth in the Lunch Buddies program DO NOT have contact outside of the school environment. This program runs during the school year only.
The Lunch Buddies Program matches get together once a week at a school. For your convenience, you choose the school and day that works best with your schedule for volunteering. Once the day/time is selected it will remain the same throughout the school year. During the match's time together (.5 - 1 hour, depending on the site), the Lunch Buddies can eat lunch, do homework, play board games or just hang out. Big Brothers Big Sisters asks that all Lunch Buddies Bigs commit to spending one academic year in their matches.
The second Site Based Program is our Boys and Girls Club/Big Brothers Big Sisters partnership. This program matches a volunteer Big with a child in the Boys and Girls Club program and they meet at the BGC site one afternoon/early evening a week for an hour. The volunteer will pick the day (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) and their hour between the hours of 3:45 and 6:00 PM and meet with their Little that day/time every week. This program is great for the college student, the junior or senior in high school, the retired individual and the company employee wanting to volunteer in the community.
The third Site Based Program is our Foster Match. This unique program is currently offered in Jefferson County only. Foster Match is in cooperation with the Youth Advisory Council of the Jefferson County Foster System and matches a volunteer that has aged out of the Foster System with a child currently in the Foster System. They meet every other Wednesday at the Jefferson County Human Service Building for an hour. The volunteer in this program, by design, must come from the Foster System Alumni base. We are reaching out to all former Foster Youth currently.. This is a way for the Foster Match Big to share knowledge and experience and help a child going through the system now.
The fouth Site Based Program has been a pilot program working with youth and adult volunteers over 55 years of age. This is the Inter-generational Match program bringing two generations together to share and enjoy together. In this program the Big and the Little meet once a week. This program is still developing and is taking on various forms. It is going to be one of our great programs and our hope is to share this experience for both the child and the Senior in all of our service areas.
The Site Based Coordinator will contact both the Big and Little regularly to check in with how the match is going. They may stop by the match site, call or email. Though they will contact regularly they will always be available to answer questions, provide guidance, and offer new ideas to the Big, Little or parent at any time.
Site Based Mentoring Programs are available throughout Rock, Walworth & Jefferson Counties. Please contact the office for volunteer opportunities in your area.
We work with schools throughout Dodge, Jefferson, Rock, and Walworth counties.
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To find out more about being a Big Brother/Sister please submit the following information:
Our lunch buddies volunteer applications are available here