You can support our agency and the children in our community by volunteering in a variety of ways. Serving Truckee Tahoe lizbeth@bigsofnc.org 775-219-0272 or Grass Valley/ Nevada City area suze@bigsofnc.org 530-265-2059 or programdevelopment@bigsofnc.org for Lindy Beatie for Western Nevada County events and Pal Program

BECOME A BIG BROTHER OR BIG SISTER

Our goal is to promote the positive development of at-risk children and youth, primarily from low-income, single-parent families, by matching them with mature, responsible, and productive individuals. These individuals offer support to the children’s growth and development through a nurturing relationship, leading to greater self-esteem.

Who and what is a Big?
Our agency matches children with carefully screened adult and older peer volunteers who serve as a Big Brother or Big Sister (“Big”). These Big Brothers and Big Sisters are stable and mature individuals who have demonstrated responsibility and dependability. In most cases, matches are paired according to the same-gender (i.e., men are matched with boys and women with girls). A Big Brother or Big Sister provides friendship, guidance, and support to a child (“Little”). They also provide individual attention and become a special friend, not mother or father substitutes.

Apply to be a Big

Take the Pre interview questionaire to see if you meet the requirements
Download the Volunteer Application to become a Big Brother or Big Sister:
Big Brother/Big Sister Volunteer Application and consent to get your enrollment process started

Services to Littles
Mentoring services are provided free of charge to children who live in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County Service Area and who are between the ages of six and eighteen. The child’s desire to participate is critical to a successful match. Children and the parent/guardian are interviewed to help the Case Management staff learn of the child’s needs and interests. When the Case Manager believes he or she has a potential Big for a child, the parents/guardians will be contacted to discuss the Big. At this point the parents/guardians may choose to meet the Big to determine compatibility, or they may feel comfortable with making a match based on the Case Manager’s information. At the time of the match meeting, and after all parties have agreed to participate, personal information such as address and phone numbers are exchanged and the match can begin.

Local agencies and schools can refer a child ages 6-16. Referral form or download our Client application and consent form or our Spanish version of the Application and Consent form to get the child’s enrollment process started

Support
Throughout the mentoring relationship, a supportive Case Manager will provide guidance and help in making the match a success. Every month for the first year of a match, a Case Manager will be in contact with the child and parent/guardian, as well as the Big Brother or Big Sister, to find out how the match is progressing and if there are any problems or concerns. The Case Manager, however, is available to the participating children, families, and Bigs at any time during the match and they are strongly encouraged to call and seek assistance concerning the match.

PROGRAMS

Community-Based Mentoring – The matched Big and Little usually see each other 3 to 4 times a month for at least one year. These matches can last officially in the agency until the Little Brothers or Little Sisters reach eighteen. Bigs and Littles spend quality time together doing common interest activities that are of low- to no-cost. The focus is not on spending money, but on spending time together. A Big and Little might play soccer, start a collection, build a model, plant a garden, go fishing, make a meal, explore the community, etc. The unique one-to-one relationship grows during the match and helps the Little become more and more confident and secure.

Site-Based Mentoring – The matched Big and Little usually see each for one hour each week at the child’s school or other designated site for at least one year. These matches can last officially in the agency until the Little Brothers or Little Sisters graduate high school. Bigs and Littles spend quality time together doing common interest activities at the school or other site. The focus is on spending time together. Big and Littles might play sports, play board games, write poems, read together, start a collection, do activities on the computer, or do art projects together, etc. Like in the community-based program, the unique one-to-one relationship grows during the match and helps the Little become more and more confident and secure.

High Lights

Bigs in Blue

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Police officers who wish to participate in the program meet with their Littles one hour a week while on duty and do various fun activities of their choosing in the community. 

Chief of Police Adam McGill said “Truckee Police Department partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters fulfills a missing link between the police department and the community we serve by providing reliable role models for deserving youth in our community.  This initiative is one of the many examples of our commitment to prevent crime and foster a high quality of life in Truckee.”

The staff at BBBSNC will manage the matches. Police officers who indicate an interest in becoming a mentor will apply, be interviewed and then teamed with a Little, just like any other volunteer who comes through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Once a match is made, Big Brothers Big Sisters will continue to offer support, providing a professional staff member who will help the Big and the Little grow together in friendship.

Site Based Program @ Boys & Girls Club

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Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters to match high school volunteers from Squaw Valley Academy to be mentors to individual Club members.  Mentor matches meet weekly at the Club with their mentee one-on-one for 60 minutes on a weekday afternoon for a year.  Mentors and members engage in a variety of activities in group settings, such as playing games and sports, doing homework and art projects,  and sharing general life experiences.. Download a high school application here or email mentorprogram141@gmail.com 

Apply to be a Big
Download the Volunteer Application to become a Big Brother or Big Sister:
Big Brother/Big Sister Volunteer Application

OTHER WAYS TO HELP

Volunteer on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors
The Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County meets one night a month. Additional meetings are required for committees. The responsibility of the Board of Directors is to oversee the operations of the agency. This involves setting policy and fundraising. Advocating for the agency is also a part of the Board’s responsibilities.

To learn more about the Board of Directors, we invite you to join one of our meetings. Contact Peggy at 530-587-7717 or director@bigsofnc.org to find out when our next meeting is.

Truckee/North lake Tahoe Area– Serve on our Community Engagement Council.  We are looking for leaders that want to help spread the word about BBBBS, help with events, outreach and marketing but not have to serve on the board.  It’s a great way to get involved!  Call Peggy at 530-587-7717

Help us at one of our events
We have several fundraising events throughout the year and can always use help with the logistics – whether it be help coordinating the event, getting the word out about the event, or being at the event to give a helping hand. Click on “Events” tab for details on upcoming events and to see if you would like to help out with any of them.

Help us in the office
Additional office help is always welcome! We often need help with mailings that need to be folded and labels attached, or with data entry and other computer-based tasks.