Be a Big.
Give a Little something back.

You have a big opportunity in front of you—
to not only impact a child’s life today, but to
transform their potential for tomorrow.

Volunteering is fun, big time.

Being a Big Brother or Big Sister mentor 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 them 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 them even more with your Little—and you’ll be making a life-changing impact.

For a few hours, a couple times a month, 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. Play a board game. Make fun crafts. Hit the playground together. Just as your options are unlimited, so is your Little’s potential.

The first step to becoming a Big is to complete the online inquiry form. A Big Brothers Big Sisters staff member will contact you to explain the application and interview process. We will check your references and provide training about being a Big Brother/Big Sister mentor. We will consider how well your skills and interests align with youth on our waiting list. After discussing a potential friendship with you and the family, we set a date for you and the youth to meet. Our professionally trained staff will be there to support you every step of the way.

We’re always looking for people eager to positively impact a child and improve their community at the same time. There are kids out there ready to get started. Are you?

Community Mentoring

For Community Mentoring, volunteers and children are matched in a one-to-one relationship and see each other at least every other week for an outing in the community. The time, place, and activity are mutually agreed upon between the volunteer and the family. The activities might include going to the park, playing basketball, visiting the library, baking cookies, or just spending time talking together. The volunteer is responsible for transporting the child to and from the child’s home for the outing.

School Mentoring

For School Mentoring (Bigs in Schools), volunteers and children are matched in one-to-one relationships and visit with each other at a local elementary school during the academic year. Visits are scheduled on a set day/time for an hour each week. Match activities might include eating lunch together, playing games, reading together, playing outside, doing homework, or hanging out and talking.



as the 2018-19 Virginia Big Sister of the Year

Fredericksburg native Lindsay Whalen has been selected as the 2018–19 Virginia Big Sister of the Year. Whalen is a volunteer mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters Greater Fredericksburg and is being honored for her dedication and commitment to the organization’s one-to-one mentoring program.

“Lindsay’s experience as a mentor shows that by making a meaningful connection, a mentor can have a positive impact in a child’s life” says Michelle Hedrich, BBBS executive director. “As a Big Sister, Lindsay has empowered the potential of her mentee, Amari, to achieve her biggest possible future.” 


Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor selected as the 2018-19 Virginia Big Sister of the Year