Volunteer

There are several ways to volunteer your time and skills. We can accommodate individuals and groups who want to volunteer, as well as accommodate the amount of time one wants to give.

Become a Mentor!

Why you should give a small portion of your time and your life to become a Big Brother, Big Sister or Big Couple…

Impact

Less likely to use illegal drugs 47%
Less likely to use alcohol 36%
Less likely to skip school 47%
  • By dedicating as little as a couple of hours 2-3 times a month, you have the potential to not only change a child’s life today, but to transform their potential for tomorrow.
  • One-to-one mentoring creates happier, more stable adults, which helps build a more stable society.
  • The life you end up changing may be your own. You’ll learn a lot about yourself and have stories to last a lifetime.

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Be Someone Special…to Someone Special
Become a Big Brother or Big Sister Today!

Download an Application

Mail or fax your application to:

Jaime Cypher, Program Specialist
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County
339 N. Washington Street, Butler, PA  16001
Fax:  724.287.1007

Other Ways You Can Help

  • Join our Advisory Council
  • Participate in the Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake as a sponsor and/or bowler
  • Participate in the Annual Fore the Children Golf Classic
  • Like and Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
  • Offer our “Bigs” & “Littles” a discount at your business through the BBBS of Butler County Business Partners program

Donate to Support BBBS

  • Donate through Online Giving
  • Sponsor one of our activities by donating unused tickets to sporting events or other events or local attractions
  • Remember a loved one with a memorial gift that will be used to donate scholarships to children in our program
  • Support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County with your contribution to the United Way of Butler County. Enter the Donor Designation #60913 on your United Way pledge form!
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Frequently Asked Questions

Being a “Big” involves spending time with a young person and fostering a healthy, positive friendship. Through this mentoring program, a Big Brother or Big Sister can open a world of possibilities and opportunities for a “Little” simply by being a genuine friend. While we recommend that you see your “Little” 6-10 hours per month, we don’t like to focus on an exact number of hours. It may be more, it may be less, but we do want the child to see their “Big” each month. Many of these children lack stability in their lives, so this is of utmost importance.
There are no special qualifications or skills needed to become a “Big.” Being a “Big” is something anyone can do. The only requirements are the willingness to be a friend, to have fun, and to see the world (and yourself) through the eyes of a young person. During the intake process, we do conduct state and federal background checks, which we provide at no cost to you.
The enrollment and interview process helps us to get to know your preferences, as well as the situation best suited for you. It also helps you get to know us and the program expectations. We take into account your personality, likes, dislikes, age preferences, background, and location. But the final decision is yours
Children and parents may hear about BBBS from a teacher, a counselor, their church, a friend, commercials, etc. Our “Littles” are ages 6 to 17 years old, who reside in Butler County. All children and their parents choose to be in our program.
Our “Littles” come from many types of home environments, family structures, social-economic levels, ethnic backgrounds, neighborhoods and schools across all communities. Some may have one or both parents; some may live with grandparents or in foster homes. Regardless of these factors, their backgrounds and personalities are unique and they all have been identified as having a need for friendship with a caring adult.
We know that most volunteers are not trained in providing behavioral or emotional intervention. Some children in our program may have or had some emotional or behavioral issues in the past. During the child enrollment process, the Program Specialist screens the child and their family to make sure that there aren’t significant behaviors that a volunteer could not manage and that there aren’t any underlying mental health issues that would be better served with more complex intervention provided by mental health professionals.
Our “Bigs” and “Littles” decide together what they want to do and they get parent approval. We recommend that you keep a consistent schedule of outings and that you see each other on a regular basis. Frequency of activities with your “Little” depends on your schedule, as well as your “Little’s.” Until your relationship is established, the outings will also depend on the comfort level of your “Little’s” parent, your “Little”, and you. If your “Little” is younger, a shorter outing might be better.
We discourage you from spending a lot of money on your outings. The goal of the relationship is friendship. You should focus your time on getting to know each other. We encourage you to seek out free or low-cost activities, especially in the beginning. Our agency offers group activities that are a great way to meet other “Bigs” and “Littles!” These activities are held monthly. You may also receive notices for opportunities for free tickets for your match to attend a variety of cultural and sports activities in the area. We provide our matches with a complimentary YMCA membership which is valid only when the “Big” and “Little” are present together. This membership gives you access to both the Butler County Family YMCA in Butler, and the Rose E. Schneider YMCA in Cranberry, as well as ARMCO Park in Slippery Rock.
Share an activity that gives you something in common to talk about. Buy a comic book to read to each other, play a board game or take a ride in the car with the radio on while you discuss music! You want to select activities that give each of you a chance to learn more about one another. For children, playing can be learning. Most important: HAVE FUN!
Yes! If you are comfortable doing so! Many of the children involved in BBBS have significant barriers to academic success. While we do not expect you to be a tutor or a teacher, sitting down and assisting with homework may lead to better problem-solving skills, etc. and allows the volunteer and the child to interact with one another.
In the beginning it is important for you and your “Little” to get to know each other. This can happen best on a one-to-one basis. Over time it is also valuable for your “Little” to get to know the people who are important to you. Keep in mind that if you’re spending lots of time with others, your “Little” may begin to feel jealous or neglected. Remember that the main focus is the friendship YOU have with your “Little.
Please remember that the relationship exists between you and your “Little.” Children not enrolled in Big BBBS Butler County are prohibited from participating in activities with the Big Brother/Big Sister. This includes siblings, friends or other family members of the “Big” as well as the “Little.” We do not have releases and emergency/medical information for children who have not completed the BBBS intake process. Most importantly, by including siblings or friends in your activities, it detracts from the positive dynamic of the 1:1 relationship which is the sole purpose of our program.
Once you are matched with your “Little,” the Program Specialist will be in regular contact with you to provide assistance and give feedback. Anytime you are unsure about what to do or how to handle a situation, you can always ask the Program Specialist. You’ll receive ideas for activities, guidance for handling possible difficult situations, and feedback on how you are making a difference, just by showing up!
Yes. A “Big Couple” match provides a unique opportunity for married couples. They still meet with the child and spend time with him at events or activities in the community, but the program provides some flexibility to the spouses within the match. They can participate with the child together as a couple, or if one spouse is particularly busy one week, the other can participate with the child individually. The child not only benefits from the additional caring adult in his life, but he also gets to see first-hand how adults interact in a healthy, loving relationship. This type of match is great for any married couple, but particularly for the younger married couples or the “empty nesters.”
Yes, however we discourage this during the first year of the match. This is to protect your privacy. While you are allowed to have your “Little” over to your home to utilize resources for activities after the first year, BBBS Butler County will never give out your address to the “Little” or his/her family members. You are not required to ever have the child to your home, or to give out personal information other than what you deem necessary to arrange outings with your “Little.”

If you have other questions, or feel that you have the time and desire to become a Big Brother or Sister to a child in Butler County, please contact us.

Apply now to be a Big Brother or Big Sister!

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Did you know that you can support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County with your contribution to the United Way of Butler County? Just enter the Donor Designation #60913 on your United Way pledge form!

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