When we match a child with a mentor, we start something incredible – a life-changing relationship built on friendship, trust and empowerment. Make a “Big” difference by giving a “Little” time. Start volunteering today.
Upcoming Volunteer Orientation Sessions:
Everyone is welcome to attend. Registration is nice but not necessary. Please call 250-475-1117, ext. 40 for more details.
- Monday, November 27 – 6 to 8 pm at Uptown
- Friday, December 8 – 2 to 4 pm at Uptown
- Tuesday, December 19 – 6 to 8 pm at the BBBS Office
Orientation sessions are either held at the BBBS office at 230 Bay Street (next to Castle Building Supply in Vic West) or at our Go Girls! Lounge at Uptown Shopping Centre (next to Forever 21 on the Douglas Street side of the mall).
How it Works
How The Volunteering Process Works
The order of the steps in the application and assessment process can vary from agency to agency, but the following is a general overview of the process. You, the volunteer applicant:
- Completes an application with their local agency
- Submits a vulnerable sector screen, criminal records check, and three or four references
- Participates in a one-to-one interview with a staff member at the Big Brothers Big Sisters agency
- Depending on the program, may be asked to participate in an assessment of their home environment
- Successfully completes an orientation and child safety training
- Is notified of their acceptance/non-acceptance
- If accepted as a volunteer mentor, signs an agreement of confidentiality
The Matching Process
Similar to the application and assessment process, the matching process can vary from agency to agency and from program to program, but in general:
- The caseworker, now familiar with the volunteer and the children and youth waiting to be matched, discusses a potential match with the volunteer, the child or youth, and, depending on the program, with the family
- The caseworker arranges for a meeting between the child or youth, the volunteer mentor, and often the parent or guardian
If everyone agrees, the match can begin!