Be a Big

Enroll today!

You’ve been thinking about getting involved. You know process is easy (trust us, it is!) and how much your help is needed. Why not apply to be a Big today? 

Hear from a few current Bigs themselves about why they made the first step - and see how much fun their Littles have, too! 

We’re always looking for people eager to positively impact a child and improve their community at the same time. And, right now is no different. Big Brothers and Big Sisters are in high demand. So, Start Something.

For a few hours, a couple times a month, you can give a Little the invaluable gift of your friendship. By simply changing their perspective of what the world can offer, you can literally start changing their lives. And sometimes it’s as simple as playing video games, going to a museum, or just hanging out together.

How to apply – There are a few ways to get started!

1. There are several mentoring options available to you depending on your interests and availability.  Take a look at our Community-based Program, Site-based Programs, and Special Programs to find the right fit.

2. Download and save to your computer, then complete and then return an application.  Return your completed application by email to or by mail to: Big Brothers Big Sisters, 1001 E. Market St., STE. 100, Charlottesville, VA 22902.

3. Call us. Give one of our Enrollment Specialists a call at 434.244.0882 during regular business hours. They’ll answer any questions you have as well as take your information in order to schedule an interview.

Have a question?

Don’t worry. Our trained staff will be happy to guide you through the application process. And when it’s time to make a match we’ll help you meet a Little in your area who shares your interests — and we’ll support you all the way. We’ll even give you some great ideas for activities that other Bigs and Littles have enjoyed through the years!

Looking for more information right away? Review answers to commonly asked questions in our FAQs.

A Special Need for Big Brothers

More than 60 percent of our children waiting for a Big are boys, but only 3 out of every 10 inquiries to volunteer come from men. Research shows that having the positive influence of a Big Brother makes a real difference in a boy’s life. And learn why so many are now saying, “I get back so much more than I give.”

A Call to Men of Color.

Disproportionately, the children we serve and those waiting to be matched, are African-American and Hispanic boys. Their parents seek our support, knowing a Big Brother can recognize their son’s potential and model positive choices that put him on the path for success in and out of school.

For more information about being a Big, please contact us at or 434.244.0882.