What is a Big?


Big Brother

Go big.
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. Big Brothers 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. 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.”

Big Sister

Bigs start something beautiful.
Doing good is a beautiful thing. As a Big Sister, you can give a girl an
opportunity to see beyond her everyday world and dream big. It’s
good for your Little, as well as your community. And it can start with
simply letting her enjoy the things you already love to do, but can
grow into something bigger.

For just 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. Play a board game. Make fun crafts. Hit the
playground together. Just as your options are unlimited, so is your
Little’s potential.

Ready to be a Big Sister? Just fill out our online application. After you complete
the application, a Big Brothers Big Sisters staff member will contact you shortly.
For more information about being a Big, please contact Diane Sczepaniak,
Customer Relations Specialist, at 402-505-3075 or dsczepaniak@bbbsomaha.org.

Big Couple

Couple Up.
There isn't a better way to volunteer than to do it with your
spouse. By being a Big Couple you can help impact a child's life
without sacrificing time with your spouse. There are over 100
Little Brothers waiting for a Big Brother or Big Couple, you can
make a difference, so start something today.

A Big Couple is a couple in a relationship for at least 3 years, who
commits to volunteer together and is matched to one waiting
Little Brother. Movies, sporting events and grilling out are all
great activities that a Big Couple can do with their Little while
getting to know them.

Why Big Couples?
More than 70% of our children waiting for a Big are boys. One
way to match these waiting boys is to match them with Big
Couple. It's good for the kid because they are able to experience
a healthy, loving relationship and it's good for the volunteers
because they don't have to give up time with each other in order
to volunteer.

Ready to be a Big Couple? Just fill out our online application. After you complete
the application, a Big Brothers Big Sisters staff member will contact you shortly.
For more information about being a Big, please contact Diane Sczepaniak,
Customer Relations Specialist, at 402-505-3075 or dsczepaniak@bbbsomaha.org.

Big Frequently Asked Questions

Q) What are the age requirements to become a Big?
A) 19 is the minimum, there is no maximum age. Our current Bigs range in age from 19 – 70 and above.

Q) How long will it take to get matched?
A) We do not operate on a first come first served basis. The waiting period varies for the different type of Big. At our agency, we typically have a list of close to 100 Little Brothers and Little Sisters waiting to be matched at any given time.

Q) Is there a cost involved with this program?
A) Your financial output should be very minimal. We encourage our matches to do low and no-cost activities. Your assigned Match Support Specialists can help you with activity ideas. Children are expected to pay their own way when activities involve a cost. We also have a list of participating businesses that give special discounts to our Big-Little matches.

Q) How much time will I be expected to spend with my Little?
A) Bigs will pick their Little up at their home and spend at least four hours a month total on two or more separate outings.

Q) May I choose the type of child I will be matched with?
A) Through the interview process, our Enrollment Coordinators will get to know you and will work with you to identify a child with whom you will be best matched, based upon age, background, interests and other factors.

Q) Can I bring my spouse/friend/family member on outings?
A) In the beginning, it’s important for you and your Little to get to know each other. This happens best on a one-to-one basis. Over time, it is also valuable for your Little to get to know the people who are important to you. But remember to keep it to a minimum; the main focus is the friendship you have with your Little.

Q) How long can a match last?
A) We ask for a minimum commitment of one year for each match we make. However, if both parties wish, matches may remain active until the Little turns 18 or graduates from high school.

Q) What happens if my match doesn’t work out well?
A) We do everything in our power to make a make a match we think will last; however, we realize that sometimes things happen in life. Bigs or Littles move, situations change or something doesn’t work out. We will attempt to mediate the situation, but if it doesn’t work out, we will end the match. If this happens, your Match Support Specialist will be there to support you every step of the way and handle it in the best way possible. A Big should never just drop out of a Little’s life without closure as this is very detrimental to the child.

*Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands reserves the right to accept/deny any volunteer or to close a match at any time.