It starts with a Little

Since 1977, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, NY has been changing children's lives by matching them with caring adults to guide them on a path to success.

It starts with a Little

Since 1977, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, NY has been changing children's lives by matching them with caring adults to guide them on a path to success.

Millions of children need a caring adult role model.

When children and teens have the influence of a caring adult, they are more likely to avoid risky behaviors and to focus on academics. Today's youth face a variety of challenges, and being matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister can help them navigate these challenges and reach their potential.


How does Big Brothers Big Sisters help Kasaius?

Matching

When Big Brothers Big Sisters works to match a Little with a Big, we take into account the needs, personality, interests, and goals of both the child and the adult volunteer. We introduce the Little and his or her family to the Big slowly and make sure everyone is fully committed to the match before it is made official. Little Brother Kasaius is outgoing and up for anything, so he needed a Big who was creative and had a variety of interests.

Relationship Management

Children like Kasaius get the most out of their one-to-one relationship with their Big when the Big, the parent or guardian, and the child talk openly with their Match Support Specialist. Working as part of the team helping the child succeed, the Match Support Specialist can help identify problems, brainstorm solutions, and connect the family with essential services.

Activities

When Kasaius’ Big Brother saw the email from BBBS saying that there were spots open in a free acting class, he jumped at the chance to take Kasaius. BBBS affiliates across the country provide activities for Bigs and Littles and also alert Bigs to opportunities in the community. This enables Bigs to get to know other Bigs, who might be experiencing similar things and who might have great suggestions for more new activities.

Screening and Training

Child safety is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ highest priority. To achieve the highest standards possible, we work constantly to review and strengthen our background check systems as new best practices in the industry emerge. We also make sure our Bigs and our staff have the training and resources they need to help Littles on their path to success.

We Have a New Location!

Our new physical address is 871 Blooming Grove Turnpike, New Windsor, NY. Mail should continue to be sent to PO Box 426, Vails Gate, NY 12584.   

 

Upcoming Events!

What's New from Big Brothers Big Sisters

Calling Parents/Guardians of Little!

Calling all parents/guardians! Please join us for a wonderful opportunity to share your thoughts, ideas and insights on how your child's mentoring relationship is growing and ways to work with their Big. Call us at 845-562-5900 or email to info@bbbsocny.org to RSVP!

 

Check out the Winter edition of our newsletter!

Matchmaker News_Winter 2018

 

 

            Why I like my Big!

Do Good Donate Clothing Program

Schedule a free pick-up, or drop clothes off at a local bin.  Host a clothing Drive to fund-raise for YOUR organization, and both of us benefit from the proceeds!  Call (877) 399-2570, to schedule pick-up and for more information.