Be a Big

Check out this video and see first hand what some of our current Bigs are saying! 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. Attend a training. Check out our Calendar of Events to see upcoming dates and times.

2. Give one of our Enrollment Specialists a call at 434.244.0882. They’ll answer any questions you have as well as take your information to keep you posted on training dates and volunteer opportunities.

3. Request an application, then complete and return to

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.

Have a question?

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.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Board Members, and Agency Staff as Volunteer Bigs are not excluded on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or disability.