Be a Mentor through Big Siblings

One of the most beloved programs through Madison House is Big Siblings. Through the Big Siblings program, a U.Va. student is paired with a local child in need of a positive role model. Bigs and Littles meet once a week for a year for 2-3 hours. 

“Volunteering with the Big Siblings Program has made a hugely positive impact on my U.Va. experience," says Maria Mencini (Col '16), Program Director with Big Siblings. "Every week, I look forward to being a kid again with my Little Sib, whether we are seeing a movie, going bowling or making cupcakes.”

Popular activities include attending U.Va. sporting events, helping Littles with their homework, and visiting local tourist attractions. Big Siblings organizes several large events for all Bigs and Littles throughout the school year and there are opportunities for smaller groups to meet up as well. 

Due to the popularity of Big Siblings in the Charlottesville community, we have a wait-list of local children who are eager to be matched with a Big Sib. To meet this demand, we are extending recruitment so that even more U.Va. students will have the opportunity to register.

Questions? Email Head Program Director Caroline Vangsnes, call Madison House at (434) 977-7051, or stop by our office (located between Beta Bridge and Mad Bowl) during normal business hours.

Click HERE for more details about Big Siblings and to register.