Be a Big

Check out this video and see first hand what some of our current Bigs are saying!
We’re always looking for people eager to positively impact a child and improve
their community at the same time. And, right now is no different. Big Brothers
and Big Sisters are in high demand.

Start Something. For a couple of hours a week, you can give a Little the invaluable
gift of your friendship. By simply changing their perspective of what the world can
offer, you can literally start changing their life. It’s as simple as passing a football
at the park, going to a museum, or just hanging out together.

How to apply

 1. Fill out the Volunteer Application . The application can be submitted to us via email ( info@blueridgebigs.org ), fax (434-244-0885), mail (1102 Carlton Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22902), or dropped off. Please be sure to fill it out as completely as possible!
2. Join us for one of our next Volunteer Trainings. Trainings will take place at our office location – 1102 Carlton Avenue ( Directions).  Refreshments provided. You can always bring a friend. Please RSVP by clicking the button below or by giving us a call at 434-244-0882.

Upcoming Training Date:

October 23rd 12:00pm-1:00pm BBBS Office

November 13th 5:30pm-7pm @ BBBS Office

November 26th 12:00pm-1:00pm @ BBBS Office


3. Schedule an interview! Come into our office for a 60-75 minute interview to tell us about yourself, your interests, hobbies, and why you want to make a difference by being a Big!
*In the best interest of the child, BBBS reserves the right to accept or deny participants, or close a match at any time.

A Special Need for Big Brothers

More than 60 percent of our children waiting for a Big are boys, but only 3 out of every 10 inquiries to volunteer come from men. Research shows that having the positive influence of a Big Brother makes a real difference in a boy’s life. And learn why so many are now saying, “I get back so much more than I give.”

A Call to Men of Color

Disproportionately, the children we serve and those waiting to be matched are African-American and Hispanic boys. Their parents seek our support, knowing a Big Brother can recognize their son’s potential and model positive choices that put him on the path for success in and out of school.

Have a question?

Our trained staff will be happy to guide you through the application process. And when it’s time to make a match we’ll help you meet a Little in your area who shares your interests — and we’ll support you all the way. We’ll even give you some great ideas for activities that other Bigs and Littles have enjoyed through the years!

Looking for more information right away? Review answers to commonly asked questions on our  FAQs page.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Board Members, and Agency Staff as Volunteer Bigs are not excluded on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or disability.