You must be at least 18 years old and be in a position to commit to a minimum of one year in the program. You must be able to pass a background check.
We require that all volunteers meet with their Little for 1-2 hours per week for a minimum commitment of 4 hours per month. All matches must be active for at least one year, however most remain matched for much longer!
Our Littles range from ages 8-16 when they are initially matched.
Our Interview/Match Support Specialists match volunteers with youth based on factors such as shared interests, similar personality traits and location. For example, if you are passionate about sports and physical activity, we will do our best to match you with a child who also enjoys being active. We conduct in-depth interviews on youth, volunteers and parents to ensure the matching process is intentional and based on the preferences of all parties.
Your Interview/Match Support Specialist will make the first introduction between you, your Little, and in many cases, your Little's family. You will then begin regularly meetings with your Little and do a range of activities based on your interests. Some examples of match activities include reading together, visiting a museum, playing in a park, attending sporting events and much more. Your Interview/Match Support Specialist will keep track of your match's progress through periodic check-ins called Match Support. When your Interview/Match Support Specialist contacts you for Match Support, you must respond as soon as possible. This is our way of ensuring your match is safe, well-supported and making healthy progress together.
There are many ways to get involved with us! Consider joining our Board of Corporators or Board of Directors by emailing Lindsay McCarthy. You can also donate your time by doing special projects according to your skill-set. For example, if you are experienced in photography or graphic design, we may be able to use your services. For more information and more ways to volunteer your time with us, call the office at 508-752-7868.