Volunteer: Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I apply to be a Big?
A: Click HERE to fill out an online inquiry. Once your application is complete, our Community Relations Specialist will contact you within 2 weeks to set up and in-person interview.
Q: Who can apply to be a Big?
A: 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.
Q: What is the time commitment for volunteering as a Big?
A: 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!
Q: What ages are the Littles I might be matched with?
A: Our Littles range from ages 6-13 when they are initially matched.
Q: How are matches between Bigs and Littles made?
A: The Interview/ Match Support Specialist matches 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.
Q: Once I am matched with a Little, what happens?
A: 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 respong as soon as possible. This is our way of ensuring your match is safe, well-supported and making healthy progress together.
Q: I'm not sure this is a good time to commit to a long-term mentoring relationship. What are some other ways to volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/ Metrowest?
A: There are many ways to get involved with us! Consider joining our Board of Corporators or Board of Directors by emailing Jeff Chin. 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. Do you want to volunteer for a day? You could volunteer in our office for the day! For more information and more ways to volunteer your time with us, call the Worcester office at 508-752-7868.