We are accountable for each child in our program achieving:

  • Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
  • Avoidance of risky behaviors
  • Educational success

Our Programs Start Something

Here’s the proof.  National research has shown that positive relationships between Littles and their Bigs have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives. Not only did this study, deemed foundational to the mentoring field, provide the evidence to support our mentoring model, but it also heightened the demand for Big Brothers and Big Sisters.  Learn more about mentoring a child in your community.
Changing perspectives. Changing lives.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge operates under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the area’s leading provider of evidence-based mentoring, our agency makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 16, in the Charlottesville and Albemarle communities.

Our vision: All children achieve success in life.

Mission: To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Meet this month's Supporter Spotlight: Montague Miller & Co.
Montague Miller & Co. has been a long-time supporter of local nonprofits. We are honored that Rives Bailey and his team of associates chose us as a charitable beneficiary. We sat down with Peter Primiani to discuss Montague Miller's charitable work in the community.

Tell me a bit about Montague Miller & Co.

Montague Miller was established in 1948 by Percy (Monte) Montague and Ben Miller. It is probably one of the oldest real estate companies here in Charlottesville today. The company has six locations including two offices in Charlottesville, an office in Culpeper, Madison, Orange and Amherst.
I originally joined the company in 1982, when we moved here from California and bought a small farm in Green Springs in Louisa County. I had been in real estate since 1970.  In 1987, I took a job in Richmond with Koger Equity, a national REIT, managing their office properties at one point totaling more than 1.5 m sf of office space. When the company was sold in 2007, I returned to Charlottesville and joined Stonehaus, a multi faceted real estate company, as their Director of Portfolio Management. In 2014, I returned to Montague Miller as an Associate Broker in their Property Management division. I currently manage both commercial and residential properties, but am also actively involved with both residential and commercial sales. One of the properties I manage is your office building here at 1102 Carlton Avenue.

Your company is very community minded. Please talk about your partnership with local charities.
Montague Miller takes great pride in giving back to the communities it serves. For each sale the company makes, a contribution is taken from the commission earned and pooled into a fund the company then uses to distribute to local charities at the end of the year. Some local charities include the Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Service Dogs of VA, ARC of the Piedmont, Ivy Creek School and Building Goodness, just to name a few.
Why was Big Brothers Big Sisters chosen?
The charities Montague Miller contributes to are those that help others. Some are youth related while others help adults. I suggested Big Brothers Big Sisters this year because of their outstanding mentoring program with youth. What I like most about the BBBS program is that the mentors are reliable, consistent role models and friends to the youth. My middle son, Matt, has been very active in mentoring young people. His dedication has led him to hike the Appalachian Trail and raise over $6,000 for a mentoring program (similar to BBBS’s Free Union Farm Footrace where participants fundraise in support of the program).
Have you personally had any mentors?
I probably have had many. Most of them have been older than me, in some ways like fatherly figures or persons I admired. Most of them were easy to talk to and were well respected in what they did. All of them cared about me and how I was doing. These would be the traits I would look for in any mentor.