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Volunteering is fun, big time.

Being a Big Brother, Big Sister, Big Couple or Big Family 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.  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.

Play sports together.  Go on a hike.  Read books.  Eat a pizza with extra anchovies.  Or just give some advice and inspiration.  Whatever it is you enjoy, odds are you’ll enjoy them even more with your Little—and you’ll be making a life-changing impact.

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Volunteering just a few hours a month with a child can start something amazing.  So why not apply to be a Big today.  There are kids out there ready to get started. Are you?

Volunteer Process
Interviews last about two hours and take place at the BBBS NWA office or designated location determined by the interviewer and applicant.  All applicants are required to attend a volunteer training session subsequent to their interviews.  During the interview, a staff member provides an orientation for the volunteer, explaining the program in greater detail, helping the volunteer to determine which program option is the best fit for them, and answering any questions the volunteer may have.

The next part of the interview consists of a questionnaire designed to help us get to know the volunteer better and to determine what type of "Little" would be the best fit for them. There is also a portion of the questionnaire devoted to assessing the volunteer's home environment.  At the interview, the volunteer also fills out several background check forms. The interview process may also include a follow-up interview and an in-person home visit.

BBBS staff members maintain regular contact with the parent, child, and volunteer involved in a match relationship.  This allows the participants to share their match experiences, and any concerns and questions they may have with a member of the agency.  It also allows for individualized volunteer training needs, addressing specific questions a volunteer may have about their mentoring experience.

Currently Accepting Applications For:
  • Washington and Benton County Big Brothers, Big Couples and Big Families for our Community-based Program
  • Big Sisters for Site-based Mentoring Program at Washington Elementary in Fayetteville - Creative Cats Girl Power Site-based Mentoring Program from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters for Site-based Mentoring Program at Washington Elementary in Fayetteville from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., depending on child's lunch schedule.
  • Big Brothers for Site-based Mentoring Program at Yvonne Richardson Center in Fayetteville from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays or Wednesdays
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters for Site-based Mentoring Program at Bayyari Elementary in Springdale from 7:30-8:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., depending on child's lunch schedule.  
  • Big Brothers or Big Sisters for Site-based Mentoring Program at Jones Elementary in Springdale from 7:30-8:30 a.m. or 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., depending on child's lunch schedule.
Community-based Mentoring
  • Be a Big Brother, Big Sister, Big Couple or Big Family!
  • Meet with a child 2-4 times a month for a couple of hours at a time.
  • Go to the mall, wash the car, shoot hoops, go to the park, watch a movie, play video games, do crafts or any other activity your match enjoys!

Site-based Mentoring

  • Be a Big Brother or Big Sister!
  • Meet with a child one hour a week at the child's school or site.
  • Play on the playground, work on school work, read together or play board games!
  • No contact outside of the site will be acceptable during the school year. 
  • During the summer months, you can participate in the Pen Pal program to keep in contact through letters. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters at the University of Arkansas
  • The University of Arkansas Big Brothers Big Sisters Registered Student Organization is dedicated to helping recruit volunteers for the Northwest Arkansas agency, by hosting recruitment events and activities on the UA campus. Any student at the U of A is welcome as a member.
  • Members help with events and assist with recruitment.
  • A number of the members themselves are Bigs.
  • Contact the Registered Student Organization at bbbs@uark.edu.

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