Sometimes it just takes a BIG — an adult mentor — to help defend that potential. All it takes is a couple hours a month.

Volunteering is Fun - Big Time.

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 are especially in high demand.

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. If you have questions, head over to our FAQs for more answers.

Ready to be a Big? Just fill out our simple online application.  After you complete it, a Big Brothers Big Sisters staff member will contact you shortly.

For more information about being a Big, please contact 618-398-3162.

Do Something Big

Research shows that mentoring works. Kids with a Big Brother or Big Sister show major gains in their personal and academic lives. They are more confident in their schoolwork, get along better with their families and peers and are more likely to make healthy decisions. Last year, this is how the Littles of southwestern Illinois changed for the better:

  • 47% of our Littles had improvement in their aspirations and believe that they will go on to attend and graduate college.
  • 71% of our Littles improved in their confidence regarding academic performance.
  • 71% of our Littles felt more socially accepted by their peers and 57% had improvements in the relationships with the adults in their lives.
  • 29% of our Littles reported avoidance of risk taking behaviors such as tobacco use, drug/alcohol use, violence, etc.
  • 47% of our Littles had an improvement in their grades.

Know someone who would make a great Big Brother?

More than 70% 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. So join the hundreds of thousands of volunteers that give a young person someone to look up to. And learn why so many are now saying, “I get back so much more than I give.”

Other Ways to Get Involved

Whether you get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a donor, potential Big Brother or Big Sister, partner, advocate, or family member, you have the power to change a child's future for the better.