BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF CENTRAL IOWA matches adult volunteers with children who need a supportive adult in their life. The program recruits men and women who are willing to make a commitment to a child for at least one year. Volunteers spend 4 hours a month with a child, participating in activities of their choice throughout the community (going to the zoo, playing catch, or taking a walk). Staff members evaluate prospective volunteers for the qualities necessary to contribute to the healthy development of the child. A child is matched with a volunteer big brother, big sister, couple or family according to the child’s needs and the capabilities of the volunteer(s). Following the match, supervision is provided by the professional staff to assist the big brother, sister, couple or family in developing a strong positive relationship with the child.
SCHOOL BASED MENTORING offers adult volunteers the opportunity to meet with a child in their school for one hour a week during the school year. During that hour, the match spends time working on the child’s schoolwork, talking, and quite simply, building a friendship. Children are referred to this program by school personnel with parental approval.
SCHOOL BASED PLUS MENTORING is an extension of our School Based Mentoring. After three months in School Based Mentoring can join this program. School Based Plus allows Bigs and Littles the opportunity to meet once a month outside the school setting. They are able to enjoy activities such as picinic at the park, going to sporting events, the movies, or any other activities they might enjoy together.
COMMUNITY BASED MENTORING allows individuals who are 18 or older to visit with a child twice a month for a minimum of 4 hours. Bigs spend time with their Littles participating in activities throughout the community. Whether its going to the zoo, playing catch, or just taking a walk, its a great chance to form a bond. The possibilities are endless for the growth of a new friendship. Community Based Mentoring also allows for Big Duo (two friends, co-workers, a husband and wife, etc.) or a Family Matches. Children are referred to this program by their parent or guardian.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa
Main Phone: (515) 288-9025
Fax: (515) 288-6191
9051 Swanson Boulevard
Agency: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa
Languages Available: English
Intake: Visit our website at www.bbbsia.org, Call and fill out application, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Eligibility: One year minimum commitment
Documents Required: Call for details
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 am-5 pm
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