Big Brothers Big Sisters improves children's lives through one-to-one mentoring supported by the individual attention of our volunteers, donors, and staff. Although the national efforts for Big Brothers Big Sisters took place in the early 20th century, the Lorain County chapter was introduced in 1994, thanks to the hard work and initiative assumed by the Leadership Lorain County Class of 1994. More than ten years later, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Lorain County has grown into an organization that successfully serves hundreds of children each year— 11 times as many children as they first matched with mentors in 1994.
Big Brothers Big Sisters continued impact on the youth of Lorain County is a testimony to the program’s mission that pledges to help children reach their full potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with measurable impact. Children seeking mentors have an option of two main programs offered through BBBS: community based and school based. The community based program follows the traditional model, which has been the anchor program for BBBS services all over the country. School based programs were developed ten years ago as a way to reach more children, as well as a way to manage risks by delivering services in a school or site -based setting while remaining true to the one-to-one focus.
Opportunities To Serve
Community-based Mentoring - Is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship. It’s all about one-on-one time spent with the volunteer and the young person doing things they enjoy — a few hours a couple times a month filled with shared interests and activities. The schedule can be flexible to meet the needs of mentors and young people in different kinds of situations. Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekend or in the evening.
After School Mentoring- Is not a classroom program, and it's not tutoring. School Based Mentoring is one-to-one mentoring that takes place in the schools. Of course, some students do talk with their mentors about class, or do homework, or read together, but it's really all about friendship and guidance. You can play or jump rope or shoot hoops -- whatever you and the student enjoy. You don't need any special training or certification. If you can spend an hour and a half a week, maybe this program is for you!
Lunch Buddy - Lunch Buddy volunteers are matched with a student at the elementary school level. You will meet once a week during that child’s lunch time to eat, talk, play games and form a one-on-one relationship. The only in-person contact takes place at school.
Big For a Day - Becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister for a Day, you provide a fun activity and an afternoon of friendship to a child currently on our waiting list to be matched with an adult mentor. The children on our waiting list are often so anxious to get started in the program that they can become discouraged with the long wait.
Preferred Method of Contact
For Long-Term Opportunities, please complete the online application, and a representative will respond directly to you.
For Short-Term Opportunities, please speak directly with the Contact Person below by phone or email.
Child Intake and Match Support
1917 North Ridge Road
Lorain, Ohio 44055