Have Questions About Being a Big?

What is Big Brothers Big Sisters?

The Big Brothers Big Sisters concept is simple: match a child with a mature and responsible adult who can provide guidance, understanding, and encouragement and act as a positive role model.

Who do we serve?

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina and Stark Counties serves boys and girls ages 6-12 primarily from single-parent homes, who reside in Summit, Medina and Stark Counties. Once in the program, Little Brothers and Sisters may remain active until their 18th birthday or until they graduate from high school, whichever comes last.

How great is the need for volunteers?

With more volunteers we are able to serve more children in our community, so the need is always great!

What are the basic requirements for participation in the program?

  • Potential volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.
  • All volunteers must have transportation and be able to show proof of car insurance.
  • The volunteer must agree to spend the amount of time required to form and maintain a relationship with a child and is asked to make a minimum of a one-year commitment to the program.

What characteristics/attributes do we look for in a volunteer?

We look for maturity, stability, good character, interest and commitment. The volunteer need not have any particular level of education or prior experience working with children, though this can be helpful.

How do I become a Big?

  • Tell us about yourself-sign up online today or call our office, 330.376.6503.
  • Attend an orientation on being a "Big". These are held monthly or can be scheduled individually as needed.
  • Talk with us. We'll set up an interview so we can get to know you. This helps to ensure that you and your Little have the greatest potential for a rewarding friendship.

What is a Big Couple?

The same as a Big Brother or Big Sister match, but done as a couple.

What kinds of things do matches do?

Our matches enjoy myriad activities, from walks through the Metro Parks to attending sporting events! Simple activities can fill the bill. Raking leaves, visiting a museum, window shopping, sewing, fishing - these are all activities that give a child the opportunity he or she needs most; the opportunity to talk. The volunteer need not spend large amounts of money.
We also offer many agency-organized activities throughout the year, for reduced or 2-for-1 cost!