Volunteer opportunity description

The Big Brother or Sister provides support, friendship, leadership, and is a positive role model. The volunteer is not a peer or substitute parent; he or she is a responsible, mature person who cares for the child as one would for a close friend.

The volunteer becomes a role model. The first facet is for the Little Brother or Little Sister to develop a trust of the Big Brother or Big Sister through friendship and communication.

The second facet is consistency. The Big Brother or Big Sister must be consistent and reliable in this friendship.

The third facet is to encourage real communication. The Big Brother or Big Sister is not necessarily a problem solver, but a friend.

The fourth facet is to broaden horizons. The volunteer introduces the Little Brother or Little Sister to the world around them, to new places, new things and new skills. 

Little Brothers and Sisters gain a better understanding of their selves, gain confidence, often improve in school and are better prepared for their responsibilities as young adults.


The Big Brother or Big Sister is an adult who is able to comply with the following requirements and accept the following commitments before applying to become a volunteer:

  • Must be at least 18 years old. 
  • Must have access to an automobile and have a valid driver's license and car insurance or access to reliable public transportation (for community based).
  • Must be willing to make a commitment of self and time, which includes, completion of an application, interview, home assessment and training information.
  • Must not be involved, nor may any household member be involved, in any illegal activity, including drug use. 
  • Must be willing and able to volunteer for a minimum of one year.
  • Must be able to see the child four hours a month for the duration of the match relationship for community-based programs or one hour a week for school- site based mentoring programs.
  • Must be willing to meet and confer with supervising Mentor Managers who monitor according to the prearranged schedule.
  • Must be able to have fun and enjoy making a new friend.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties

Crystaliz Green
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