This is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship, where Bigs and Littles get together on their own to share in fun activities they both enjoy. Matches typically meet for two hours a week. Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekends. Others get together with their Littles in the evenings. Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them.
Getting together is a great time for both the Big and the Little. It doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activities; just a couple of hours a week to share the simple things you already like to do. Things like,
Playing in the park
Going to a museum
Planting a garden
Visiting a local orchard
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge has partnered with Madison House, an organization that connects UVA students with volunteer opportunities, to provide college Bigs (“Big Sibs”).
Madison House Big Sibs function very similarly as the Bigs in the Community-Based Program with a few differences. They don’t spend time with their Little at home and they typically leave town for a few months for winter and summer breaks.
Enrollment period for this program is typically Oct/Nov and April/May. If you are a student at the University of Virginia, can commit three consecutive semesters to volunteering, and are interested in enrolling as a Big Sib, please contact the Madison House Program Director for upcoming Enrollment dates.