If you know how to be a friend, then you already know how to be a Big. On this page, you’ll find answers to the most commonly asked questions people have about becoming a Big.

What kinds of programs are available?
We make matches in three programs – Community-based, School-based, and Move BIG! Learn more about each program.

What are the requirements?
Community-based Bigs:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have a valid Virginia Drivers license.
  • Have had no DUI within the past 2 years.
  • Have not been convicted of a felony within the past 7 years.
  • Are not currently on probation with the law.
  • Can provide proof of car insurance.

School-based Bigs:

  • Have not been convicted of a felony within the past 7 years.
  • Are not currently on probation with the law.

How do I apply?
Submit the online inquiry and volunteer application to begin the application process.

When can I expect an interview?
After submitting your application, our staff will contact you within a few days to schedule an interview.

How long does it take to be matched?
Once you are accepted, we’ll look to see if we have any children waiting who we believe would make a good match for you. When we think we’ve found a good match, we’ll contact you and share the child’s profile to see what you think. If you agree with our suggestion, we’ll schedule a “Match Introduction” where you will be introduced to your new Little Brother or Little Sister.

Again, our emphasis is placed on finding the right match for you, so this process may take some time. If we don’t have a child on our waiting list that is an immediate match for you, we’ll place you on a waiting list, and will contact you as soon as we believe we have a match. We request that you stay in touch with us, and let us know if you move, change workplaces, or change phone numbers while we are looking for the right Little for you.

What kind of support will I get from BBBS of Danville Area once I’m matched?
Once you’ve been matched, you will be asked to attend an orientation and training session with your Little, called a BLT (Big Little Training). After that, your Match Coordinator 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 will have a Match Coordinator there to help.

We also provide activities for groups of Bigs and Littles to attend together to meet, talk, and get to know each other.

What do Bigs and Littles do together?
The program is flexible: you can make it fit your schedule. There are no mandatory activities: you can do what you and your Little enjoy:

  • Some Bigs take their Littles to cultural events, like plays, the opera, and the ballet.
  • Some Bigs take their Littles to see the Braves, to play catch in the park, or go bike riding.
  • Some Bigs take their Littles on errands – to pick up groceries and laundry.
  • Some Bigs and Littles cook, make crafts, or just hang out together.

Can I bring my partner/friend/family member on outings?
In the beginning it is important for you and your Little to get to know each other. This happens 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 that YOU have with your Little.

Are there any benefits for the Big?
For a few hours a month you get to be a kid again! Even better, you’ll make a BIG difference in your community and in the life of a kid. And most of our Bigs say that they get more than they give.

Who are the Little Brothers and Little Sisters?
Generally, our Little Brothers and Little Sisters are between 4 and 16 years old. Our Littles come from many types of home environments and family structures, social-economic situations, ethnic backgrounds, and neighborhoods and schools across all communities. Their backgrounds and personalities are unique, but they all have the need for a friendship with a caring adult.

How do children find out about the program?
Children and parents may hear about BBBS of Danville Area from a teacher, a counselor, their church, a friend, etc. All children and their parents choose to be in our program.

How do I know I’ll get along with this child?
We get to know you first, so we can find the best Little Brother or Little Sister for you. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area matches you with a child based on common interests, personality and geography.

I don’t know much about kids — is that okay?
You bet! Behind the scenes, you’ll have a team of experts — the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area Match Coordinator Team — cheering you on and giving helpful advice if you need it.

How much is this going to cost me?
Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is absolutely free (other than providing your enthusiasm and some of your spare time). 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. We offer group activities that are a great way to meet other Bigs and Littles. You will also receive notices for opportunities for free tickets for your match to attend a variety of cultural and sports activities.