For just a few hours a couple of times a month, you can help a child succeed. Big Brothers Big Sisters is different from other mentoring organizations in that we seek volunteers who are committed and consistent, willing to serve at least a year, but we hope until a child graduates high school. Studies show that by doing so, our mentoring services help kids stay in school, avoid risky behaviour, and experience first-hand the importance of helping others in their community.
Below you will see notes we’ve received from mentors as well as mentees and their parents about the impact our programs have.
“I have a bully at school, but when my mentor comes I feel a lot better, she is like my guardian and I feel really safe when I am with her.”
“I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for all the support Big Brothers and Big Sisters have given to Lions Oval P.S. I can’t tell you how much our students have benefited from meeting with their mentors each week. Some of our students have had mentors return for several years and have made special bonds that will last a lifetime. Our students look forward each week to their mentors coming and sharing time with them. Their dedication and responsibility, to our students, should be commended. Your volunteers go quietly about enriching so many young lives and I just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate all their support. When I see a student get so excited to show me what they did with their Big Brother or Big Sister, it just warms my heart. Your volunteers show our students that there are caring people in the world who value spending time with them. Thank you for changing the lives of so many students!”
– School liaison
“What most people don’t know is the impact that those relationships and this agency has on the broader family. As a result of this great work, I too received such a benefit from Big Brothers Big Sisters that I’m not only supporting the agency through my work and my donations, I’ve decided to invest my time as a volunteer Board member and as a Big Sister.”
– The parent of a little sister