About Our Organization

What does Big Brothers Big Sisters Do?

As the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between dedicated, caring volunteers (Bigs) and children (Littles), ages 6 through 18. Through intentional matching and ongoing professional support from our professional staff, Big/Little matches grow to be positive friendships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. Locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves Kalamazoo, Allegan, Calhoun, and Van Buren counties.


How does bowling help Big Brothers Big Sisters?

When you participate in Bowl for Kids' Sake, you have the power to ignite children's potential. We depend on the money raised through Bowl for Kids' Sake to carry out the work of carefully matching children with dedicated, caring  mentors and providing ongoing support to the child, volunteer mentor and child's family. Today you can Register or Donate to our efforts to change the life of a child forever!


How a Big becomes a Big—and a Little, a Little.

Before we make a match, we do our homework. After someone expresses an interest in becoming a Big, they go through an orientation, a background check and a careful interview process. Then we match Bigs and Littles based on location, personalities and preferences. And we provide full support from the start, so matches can grow into lasting, impactful friendships. The entire matching and match support process is made possible through donations—we can't do what we do best without you!


What are a Big and Little to do?

Each match is unique. Getting together doesn't require a special occasion or expensive activity—just at least two hours twice a month doing things the Little and Big already enjoy. For example: Playing catch... Reading books... Going to a museum... Providing advice and inspiration... Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekends. Others get together with their Littles in the evenings. Each match develops a schedule that works for them. Sometimes the best place for enjoying activities together is at the child's school. And, the best part is, it can be a great learning experience, in or out of the classroom.


Find out about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister by calling 269-382-6800 or visit our website.