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: Gordon Sutton
Tell me a bit about Tiger Fuel Company.

My Dad started Tiger Fuel Company in 1982. When he started the company it consisted of one truck and mainly heating oil distribution. Over the past 35 years the company has grown to 220 employees, 6 stores (soon to be 7), and we have over 30,000 home heat customers across our 4 bulk plants.

You are also very community minded.  Please talk about your partnership with local charities.

My Dad was very involved with Martha Jefferson Hospital. He was on their Board of Directors, and their efforts were very near and dear to his heart. More recently we have supported the Boy Scouts, Ashton’s Wish and currently we are focusing our efforts on Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge. We also support smaller charities and receive weekly requests for baskets and gift cards. We support the local schools, fire departments, police departments, etc.

Why have you chosen Big Brothers Big Sisters as a partner agency?

Mostly because of my involvement with the agency, and my passion for it. I’ve participated in mentoring programs in the past like Book Buddies, the Salvation Army and the Boys and Girls Club, but I’ve never felt as close to the organization as I do with BBBS. BBBS has been very organized and supportive, and I feel like I’m making a difference with my Little.

Gordon, I know that you have been a Big Brother for about 2.5 years now.  Tell us a bit about your relationship with Terrence.

My Little has been dealt a tough hand, so things were difficult at first. It feels good that I can be a helping hand for him. BBBS has been very supportive through the whole process. My Little is 10 years old now and is such a kind and sweet person. He’s appreciative of everything we do together and is a good athlete. He’s grown a lot. While I don’t think I can take credit for it, he now looks people in the eye, shakes hands, is polite, thoughtful, and is gracious in receiving direction from people. I look forward to our time together. When I think of it, if there are 200 other relationships like this (as there are in the BBBS program right now), that’s pretty awesome.

Littles learn a lot from their Bigs.  What have YOU learned from Terrence?

To not take for granted how fortunate I am. I know it sounds corny, but to be grateful every day for life’s blessings. When you see what others are up against, it makes you grateful for what you have. Terrence is a sweeter and more thoughtful person than I am, and he encourages me by leading by example.

January is National Mentoring Month.  It’s a time to acknowledge the important roles that people can play in your life.  Do you have any mentors that you’d like to acknowledge?  How have they influenced your life?

My Dad has been a mentor in my life. He taught me the golden rule which I’m appreciative of: treat people the way you’d have them treat you. It’s fundamental in how we do business, and reminds me to not get so wrapped up in work that I’m not helping out in other ways or spending time with my family.