Giving Back: Big Brothers Big Sisters Volunteer Opportunities

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Hundreds of children in central Illinois are in need of support. Kristian and Paula Hopkins joined us in Giving Back to let us know how we can get involved.

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to make a positive difference in the lives of at-risk youth through professionally-supported one-to-one mentoring relationships with caring adults in the local
community. Our research shows that when provided with a mentor, children are more likely to:
have higher aspirations, avoid risky behaviors, and achieve educational success.

Q: How can members of the community help Big Brothers Big Sisters?
A: There are many ways in which community members can help. Our biggest need is for people who are willing to dedicate their time as a Volunteer Big, working directly with a local child to help them succeed. You can also help with fundraising by participating in events such as Eats and Sweets or Bowl For Kids’ Sake, and by donating on our website. Another way you can help is by serving on your regional board. Our boards are comprised of local community and business leaders who meet monthly to discuss event planning and how to best provide our services.
Q: What communities does Big Brothers Big Sisters serve, and how does one sign up?
A: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois spans 9 counties and has offices in Decatur, Bloomington,
Clinton, Champaign, Rantoul, and Danville. If you go to our website and register yourself as a Big or your child as a Little, your file will be sent to one of our 6 offices based on your ZIP code. For
instance, if your ZIP code is 61866, your file would be sent to my office in Rantoul. You can also contact
your local office directly. The contact information for each office is available on our website.

Q: How much of a time commitment is being a Volunteer Big?
A: We have a couple options depending on your schedule. There are Site-Based volunteers, who visit the child in school during lunch and recess or special periods, usually once a week. There are also
Community-Based volunteers who can pick up their Littles at home and take them out to eat, to the
movies, to the park, etc. We also have an option called Mentor 2.0 which allows you to mentor a child
through weekly online communication and monthly in-person meetings.

Eats and Sweets Extravaganza – Thursday, October 4th 5:30-8:30pm at The Hilton Garden Inn in
Champaign, IL
– Enjoy food from over 25 local restaurants, wine from local vineyards, a huge silent auction inspiring messages from our BIGS and information about BBBS and our Big impact on our
community and the children we serve.
Bowl For Kids’ Sake – Several Dates in the Spring, depending on the County
– Bowl For Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ signature fundraiser. Each year half a million
people across America come together to have fun and raise money to support Big Brothers
Big Sisters as we change how children grow up! Bowl For Kids’ Sake is the perfect way for
individuals to make an impact on our community – it only takes a little bit of effort to raise the
money that is vital to our program’s success. Bowling skills are not required!
Volunteer Big – School-Based, Rantoul – Depends on Volunteers’ Schedule
– Our Rantoul/Ford Co. office is looking for Volunteers to mentor a child in Rantoul City
Schools. Dedicate one hour per week to help an at-risk child succeed. Volunteers are heavily
screened and closely monitored to ensure child safety.
How can we learn more about this event? Visit

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