Changing Lives for the Better
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington is committed to igniting the potential of youth in our community. We pair a volunteer mentor one to one with a child and we call this a "match". Once matched, mentors, or "Bigs," develop friendships with their youth, "Littles." It’s that simple. We have many programs in which one-to-one mentoring can make a positive impact!
We serve families and mentors in Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Grays Harbor and Pacific counties in Washington state.
What do we achieve?
Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children achieve success in school, helps them avoid risky behaviors such as getting into fights and trying drugs and alcohol, and helps them improve their self-confidence. We hold ourselves accountable to our supporters by regularly measuring our impact.
What do we do?
In our unique brand of one-to-one mentoring a child is carefully matched with a caring adult mentor in a friendship supported by professional Big Brothers Big Sisters staff. These mentoring relationships ignite the power and promise of youth.
Whom do we serve?
Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks to change the lives of children facing adversity between 6 and 18 years of age. Our network of volunteers, donors and supporters comes from all walks of life, all backgrounds, all corners of the country.
Bigs and Littles meet 2 to 4 times a month and the time spent together is flexible to fit your busy schedule. Hang out in the community and go to museums, sports events, make crafts, and more. It’s up to you and your Little!
Special Programs: Military Mentoring
Youth with military-connected parents or guardians are matched with mentors in either the community- or site-based programs. Mentors do not need military experience—they will undergo additional training to provide support to military-connected youth.
Bigs meet their Little at a local community center, typically one hour a week after school. This allows matches to build a friendship within a structured setting with professional staff support nearby. The activities can include whatever appeals to the Big and Little – from shooting hoops and hanging out to reading a book together.