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What if every child fulfilled his or her potential? Think how amazing that would be. Now, you can start more Littles on the path to big things.

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Volunteering is fun, big time.
Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do. Not to mention, one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering him or her to achieve. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do.

Play sports together. Go on a hike. Read books. Eat a pizza with extra anchovies. Or just give some advice and inspiration. Whatever it is you enjoy, odds are you’ll enjoy it even more with your Little—and you’ll be making a life-changing impact.

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Volunteering just a few hours a month with a child can start something amazing. So why not apply to be a Big today. There are kids out there ready to get started. Are you?

There are currently around 150 children ready and waiting to be matched with a Big Brother Big Sister Mentor. They live in communities such as Altamont, Arcola, Arthur, Ashmore, Atwood, Beecher City, Charleston, Cowden, Dieterich, Edgewood, Effingham, Greenup, Hammond, Humboldt, Kansas, Lovington, Mason, Mattoon, Mode, Paris, Shelbyville, Sullivan, Teutopolis, Tower Hill, Watson, Westfield and Windsor. They attend schools such as Altamont Grade School, Arcola Elementary, Atwood-Hammond Elementary, Carl Sandburg Elementary (Charleston), Humboldt Treatment & Learning Center, Kansas Treatment & Learning Center, Mattoon Middle School, Riddle Elementary (Mattoon) and Williams Elementary (Mattoon).

Of those children who are waiting on a Big, approximately 100 are boys. You can make a difference in the life of a Little Brother or Little Sister in our community, you can be the friend they have been waiting for!

You can also make a donation to help fund the careful one-to-one matching and ongoing professional mentoring support unique to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Your gift will help match a child facing adversity with an adult mentor. The gift you make today will lead to successful outcomes for that child and for his or her community.

Whether you get involved as a volunteer or as a donor, we welcome and thank you for your support!