What does Big Brothers Big Sisters Do?
As the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters creates positive matches between adult volunteers ('Bigs') and children ('Littles'), in communities across the country. Locally, we serve Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and Perry counties.
These relationships have the potential to be lifelong! Professionally trained Big Brothers Big Sisters staff members work with our partners and professionals in the education and juvenile justice communities. The children in our programs face adversity in some way, shape or form. That means we serve children from all walks of life. We defend the potential of each child so they can achieve success.
How does Over the Edge help Big Brothers Big Sisters?
When you participate in Over the Edge, you have the power to ignite potential and change lives for the better, forever. We depend on the money raised from Over the Edge to carry out the work of carefully matching children with caring adult mentors and providing ongoing support to the child, volunteer mentor and child's family. Each participant is asked to raise $1,000 to support a child and their mentor for one year. Today you can Register or Donate to our efforts to change the life of a child forever!
How a Big becomes a Big—and a Little, a Little.
Before we make a match, we do our homework. After someone expresses an interest in becoming a Big, they go through a background check and careful interview process. Then we match Bigs and Littles based on location, personalities and preferences. And we provide full support from the start, so matches can grow into lasting, impactful friendships. The entire matching process is made possible through donations—we can't do what we do best without them!
What are a Big and Little to do?
Each match is unique. Getting together doesn't require a special occasion or expensive activity—just a few hours every month doing things the Little and Big already enjoy. For example: playing catch, reading books, going to a museum, providing advice and inspiration. Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekends. Others get together with their Littles in the evenings. Each match develops a schedule that works for them. Sometimes the best place for enjoying activities together is at the child's school. And, the best part is, it can be a great learning experience, in or out of the classroom. Find out about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister today by emailing [email protected]!