TWO WAYS TO SPEND TIME TOGETHER

COMMUNITY-BASED MATCHES

Meet 2 to 4 times per month.

Get out in the community doing low to no-cost activities (like bake cookies, shoot hoops, picnic in the park, cheer them on at their band concert, etc.)

We ask that you commit to a year to build a relationship with the hope your match will last longer.

We serve children in Benton and Washington Counties between the ages of 6-14.

This is a great opportunity to volunteer as a Big Brother, Big Sister, Big Couple or a Big Family.

SITE-BASED MATCHES

Meet the same day/time each week at the child’s school

Eat lunch, play games, go to the library, tutoring, etc.

We ask that you commit to a year to build a relationship, with the hope your match will last longer.

Bigs and Littles only meet at school and not over school breaks like Winter or Summer.

Site-based locations:

Fayetteville – Washington Elementary, Leverett Elementary, & Owl Creek

Siloam Springs– Southside Elementary & Intermediate School

Springdale – J.O. Kelley Middle School- Dream BIG Program

Rogers – Boys and Girls Club (between 3-7 PM)

What Steps Do I Take To Become A Big?

STEP ONE: Inquire/Apply

Check out Community-Based and Site-Based info above to see which is the right fit for you.

STEP TWO: Volunteer Orientation

Attend one of our volunteer orientations to learn more in-depth about the process and commitment of being a Big.

RSVP to enrollment@bbbsnwa.org. 

STEP THREE: Interview/Background Check

One of our Enrollment Specialists will contact you for an in-person interview as well as complete a background check. 

STEP FOUR: Meet your Little! 

Once we have matched you with your Little, we will introduce you, with one of their guardians as well as your new Match Support Specialist. 

FAQs & Requirements

How often do Bigs and Littles get together?

Bigs and Littles get together 2-3 times a month, and on average spend 3-4 hours together each time they meet up.

What support is provided to our match?

Each Match is regularly supported by a match support specialist on our team. Anytime you are unsure about what to do or how to handle a situation, your match support specialist is available to you. They’ll help you with ideas for activities, guidance for handling possible difficult situations, and feedback on how you are making a difference.

What do I do with my Little?

Anything you like! Activities are up to each Match. You don’t have to spend a lot of money; we want you to focus more on spending time with each other.

Common activities include going to get ice cream or going to a movie, going fishing, attending a sporting event or concert, making dinner together, or running errands.

Keep it simple and focus on getting to know each other. BBBSNWA also hosts great Match activities and parties that all Bigs/Littles are invited to.

Our Bigs are also occasionally given free tickets to events that match support specialists are able to distribute to Matches.

How long can a match last?

We ask for a minimum commitment of one year for each Match we make. That is often not the end, though — many of our friendships end up lasting a lifetime.

What is a Big Couple?

A Big Couple is a pair of Bigs who are in a long-term relationship and want to be matched together to the same Little Brother or Sister. Big Couples do not have to be married, but they must be in a long-term relationship for at least one year.

This a great option for couples that would prefer a shared experience as opposed to each of them having their own Little. We want our Bigs to integrate their Little into their lives and this often means your Little spending a lot of time with your family and friends.

The benefit of a Big Couple is now both Bigs have the option of going out one-on-one with their Little OR all three can go on outings together. Our Big Couples love the flexibility this gives their Match.

Requirements.

Our Littles deserve the best.

Bigs must be 21 years of age or older, have a valid driver’s license and be willing to commit to a long-term volunteer experience (minimum one-year, however, most friendships last much longer).

They must also do the following:

  • Participate in a Volunteer Information Session
  • Complete the Volunteer Acceptance Process
  • Work with a match support specialist to select a Little Brother or Little Sister
  • Initiate contact with your Little on a consistent basis to schedule activities
  • Meet consistently with your Little for at least 12 months
  • Maintain ongoing communication with the Big Brothers Big Sisters staff

We send out a monthly newsletter to our Bigs to: suggest free events you and your Little could attend, address topics such as mental health, and keep you in the know about activities that BBBS may host. We're glad to have you.