What does Big Brothers Big Sisters Do?
Since 1966, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in our Dane County community. Big Brothers Big Sisters aims to serve the children who need us most, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty and/or coping with parental incarceration. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
How does bowling help Big Brothers Big Sisters?
When you participate in Bowl for Kids' Sake, you have the power to change lives for the better, forever. 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. Here in Dane County, on average, it costs $1,463 to make and support a match for one year. This includes interviews, background checks, matching, and monthly ongoing professional support for the duration of the match. Today you can Register or Donate to our efforts to change the life of a child forever! Remember, it's not about how good of a bowler you are, it's about celebrating the impact the money your team collected will have on your community!
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 a background check and 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 process is made possible through donations—we can't do what we do best without them!
What are a Big and Little to do?
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, 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 on our website!