What does BBBSCI Do?
As part of the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, BBBSCI makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers ('Bigs') and children ('Littles'), ages 8 through 18, throughout Marion, Johnson, and Hamilton counties. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. Professionally trained Big Brothers Big Sisters staff members work with our partners in the education and juvenile justice communities to find children facing adversity and assess how our programs can have the greatest impact. BBBSCI targets the children who need us most, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty and coping with parental incarceration.
How does bowling help BBBSCI?
When you participate in Bowl for Kids' Sake, you have the power to defend the potential of kids in your community! There is an ever expanding need for mentors in Central Indiana. We depend on the money raised from Bowl for Kids' Sake to carry out the work of carefully matching children with caring adult 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 interest in becoming a Big, they go through a background check and careful interview process. Then we match Bigs and Littles based on location, personalities and preferences. We provide full support from the start, so matches can grow into lasting, impactful friendships. The entire matching process is made possible through donations—we can't do what we do best without them!
How do matches spend their time?
Each match is unique. Getting together doesn't require a special occasion or expensive activity—just a few hours every month doing things the Little and Big already enjoy. For example: playing catch, reading books, going to a museum, or just 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. Find out about becoming a Big Brother, Big Sister, Big Couple or Big Friend here!