Become a Big Brother

Volunteer Application Form

You have a big opportunity in front of you—to not only impact a child’s life today, but to transform their potential for tomorrow…

Go BIG… give a Little something back

We’re always looking for people eager to positively impact a child and improve their community at the same time. And, right now is no different. Bigs are in high demand. So, Start Something.

For a few hours, a couple times a month, you can give a Little the invaluable gift of your friendship. By simply changing their perspective of what the world can offer, you can literally start changing their lives. And sometimes it’s as simple as playing video games, going to a museum, or just hanging out together.

Why do we need Big Brothers?
More than 70% of our children waiting for a Big are boys, but only 3 out of every 10 inquiries to volunteer come
from men. Research shows that having the positive influence of a Big Brother makes a real difference in a boy's
life. So join the hundreds of thousands of volunteers that give a young person someone to look up to. And learn why so many are now saying, “I get back so much more than I give.”

Ready to be a Big? Just fill out our simple online application. After you complete it, a Big Brothers Big Sisters staff member will contact you shortly.

Steps to become a Big 

  • Start the volunteer process by clicking on the application link above.
  • Provide a frequently used email address on your online application
  • Receive specific steps via email from a BBBSECO staff person
  • Provide additional information for a detailed background check and reference check
  • Attend a volunteer orientation
  • In-person interview
  • Receive notification of acceptance into the program

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio offers two types of Mentoring Programs that volunteers can consider. Please read the summary of those two programs below. Please note that each program has different volunteer requirements.

Community Based Mentoring: Volunteers are matched with a child between the ages of 7 and 14 to form a mentoring relationship. During outings, Bigs and Littles do every day activities that provide children with the opportunity to discover a world of possibilities for their life. The time commitment for this program is 2 to 4 outings per month, done on your own schedule, for a minimum of one year. Volunteers must be 18 years of age and posess a valid driver’s license.

Site Based Mentoring: Volunteers are matched with a child from a partner school to form a mentoring relationship. Bigs and Littles attend program meetings at the designated site. The children in the program range from 5 to 12 years of age. Matches engage in individual match activities and group games and activities that support a child’s confidence, competence, and caring. The time commitment for this program is typically one time per week for 1hour per outing, for a minimum of a school year. A Big Brothers Big Sisters staff person is always there to facilitate the Site Based sessions.

For more information about being a Big Brother or Big Sister:
Contact the BBBSECO Staff at 330-339-6916
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