Volunteering is fun, big time.
Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do. Not to mention, one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering them to achieve their potential. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do.
Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center Mentoring Program in Blacksburg, Virginia
The VTCRC Mentoring program is a brand-new program modeled after the Big Brothers Big Sisters Beyond School Walls program, and it is designed to be a partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, and Montgomery County Public Schools. The purpose of this program is to promote STEM education through mentoring. Children in the program will be matched for a minimum of one school year in one-to-one mentoring relationships with employees working in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field at the VTCRC. During the school year, Bigs and Littles will create and foster their relationship, and Big Brothers Big Sisters will track the outcomes and impact made. The vision for the program is for middle school aged children to come to the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center one day per week from 3:30PM-5PM. During that time, the students will spend one hour with their Big either at BBBS’ facility or the Big’s workplace. Workplace mentoring programs are impactful because they give children access to a professional environment. The Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center is a unique facility in the children will be exposed to a variety of industries in the professional and academic spheres.
Oliver Hill Mentoring Program in Roanoke, Virginia
The Oliver Hill Mentoring Program is named in honor of Oliver W. Hill, a Roanoke native and civil rights attorney at the forefront of public school desegregation. His values of equality and education are the core principles of the Oliver Hill Mentoring Program. In this program, volunteers and children are matched in one-to-one relationships and visit with each other for one hour weekly at the Oliver Hill house, located at 401 Gilmer Ave in Roanoke. During this hour, the match activities might include playing board games, visiting the library, doing homework, taking part in special interest programs, or simply hanging out and talking. Matches can also participate in STEM activities in the STEM Lab. Visits are scheduled on a set day and time.
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with caring adult mentors in Roanoke, Salem, Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Shawsville, and Pulaski County. We consistently have a waitlist of about 100 children waiting for a mentor. You can volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters through our Community Based, School Based, Oliver Hill, and VTCRC Mentoring Programs.