The Big Siblings program seeks to develop consistent, long-term, one-on-one relationships of friendship and trust between the volunteer and the child. It is a chance for a volunteer to have an impact on the life of a child who is in need of more positive relationships. During the two-hour a week year-long commitment the volunteer spends with a child, we hope that deep friendships are formed.
What will the volunteer do?
The volunteer serves primarily as a friend and role model to a young child from Charlottesville or Albemarle county. Big and Little Siblings spend an average of 2-3 hours per week together. Popular activities include attending UVA sporting events, watching movies, working on homework, visiting local tourist attractions, and outdoor recreation. The program demands a great deal of independence and initiative from the student volunteer as it is his/her responsibility to contact the child's parents and develop a trusting relationship with the Little Sibling.
Requirements of a volunteer
This is a year long commitment (fall & spring semesters). Volunteers are expected to meet every week with his or her Little Sibling for 2 hours but the day and time can vary. Children in the program are referred by the guidance counselors in the school systems for a number of different reasons. The age range of the children is 5 to 12 years old.