Become a Big

In order to be a big Brother or Big Sister in our program a volunteer must live in one of these towns:

Ansonia, Bethany, Bethel, Branford, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Derby, East Haven, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, Monroe, New Canaan, New Fairfield, New Haven, Newtown, North Branford, Northford, North Haven, Norwalk, Orange, Oxford, Redding, Ridgefield, Seymour, Shelton, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, West Haven, Weston, Westport, Wilton, Woodbridge

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have reliable transportation – preferably their own car
  • Be able to commit to being matched for 1 year, meeting twice per month for 3-8 hours each time
  • Live in Fairfield County, Greater New Haven, or parts of the Valley

Volunteer mentors must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a Volunteer Enrollment Application (link is below)
  • Submit a copy of your driver’s license and your auto insurance coverage for your file
  • Pass criminal background checks and motor vehicle checks using your social security (visa or naturalization) number and driver’s license information
  • Complete an in-home interview
  • Attend one mandatory one-time Volunteer Training session
  • Maintain Match Support contact requirements throughout the life of your match

Our Littles…

  • Come from a variety of different families and backgrounds. Littles may have different limitations, experiences, and challenges, but it’s important to remember that all of our Littles are facing some kind of adversity. They can benefit from having a caring, consistent adult friend in their lives
  • Are between ages of 6 and 15. Once matched, they can remain matched until they are 18 years old
  • And their legal guardians must WANT to participate in the program. This is not a mandated program that they are required to complete from some outside source
  • Are screened for eligibility. We do not accept children if they have a history of violence against others, do not have the ability to follow safety rules, or exhibit certain communication or behavioral challenges. This is assessed during their interview.

Background Checks

There is a cost of $40 to run each background check. You can choose to defray that cost by making an optional one-time donation via check, VISA, or MasterCard on the attached donation form. Your application process will not be hindered whether or not a donation is made.

The Process

Once our Intake Coordinator has received your completed Volunteer Enrollment Application, your background and motor vehicle checks and an online search will be performed. The Intake Coordinator will contact you to schedule your in-home interview with one of our professional Enrollment and Match Specialists. During the interview, you will discuss your family background, education, work history, interests, values, and preferences.  The Enrollment and Match Specialist will also answer any questions you might have about the process.

You must attend one Volunteer Training session. Dates will be provided to you by the Enrollment and Match Specialist. During the training, the professional staff will discuss the general rules and guidelines of the program, communication skills, and some potential scenarios with examples from real matches.

After these steps are completed, your file is submitted to the Program Director for approval into the program.  Your application is not complete and you are not on our wait list until you receive official notice from your Enrollment and Match Specialist via phone or email.

Please note that these steps are a tool for our professional staff to assess the appropriateness of applicants for the program. Completing an interview and volunteer training does not guarantee approval into the program.  All decisions are made with safety and compatibility in mind.

If this sounds like something you think you might be interested in, please fill out and return our volunteer application via...

mail: BBBS of SWCT, 2470 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605

e-mail: info@bbbsswct.org

fax: (203) 384-8861

 

Thank you and we hope to hear from you soon.