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Programs

So Many Ways to Get Started

Looking to get involved? Whether you’re interested in enrolling your child, donating, or stepping up as a Big, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio offers several types of programs. 

Changing Lives for the Better, Forever

Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks to change the lives of children for the better, forever. We operate in both urban and rural communities. Our mentors work with children in the community, in their schools, and many places in between.

Our unique brand of one-to-one mentoring has a Big Impact

What do we acheive?

Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children achieve success in school, helps them avoid risky behaviors such as getting into fights and trying drugs and alcohol, and helps them improve their self-confidence

Who do we serve?

Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks to change the lives of youth ages 5-21. Our network of volunteers, donors and supporters come from all walks of live, all backgrounds and all corners of the area. 

What do we do?

Our unique brand of one-to-one mentoring, in which a child is carefully matched with a caring adult mentor in a relationship supported by professional Big Brothers Big Sisters staff members, helps kids reach their biggest possible futures.

Planned Giving

Making a planned gift in support of big brothers big sisters of Central Ohio reflects your commitment to defending the potential of the youth we serve by creating strong, enduring relationships

A gift for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio in your will or by beneficiary designation will carry on your passion for ensuring the continuation of our landmark mentoring programs and creates your own legacy of support. Planned giving also offers significant advantages, including tax breaks and a potential income increase

Have Questions?

I’m Here to help.
Tel: 614.839.2447 x121
Email: rlove@bbbscentralohio.org

Monthly Giving

Invest Monthly in Defending Potential

Ready to be a part of something bigger than yourself?
Match Makers is a monthly giving program with 100% of every dollar going directly toward defending the potential of a child.
You’re making a difference, every single month.

Make a one-time donation in support of local youth and their families.

Your Monthly Gift Empowers Resilience

Thousands of young people find knowledge, support, and community through Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Each month, your investment drives initiatives like: 

Professionally Supported Programs

A professional staff member who offers a variety of relationship building activities is there to answer questions for program participants every step of the way.

Digital Resources

We provide Bigs and Littles with on demand tools that help them build a strong one-to-one relationship that improves educational involvement, enhances social-emotional learning, and helps kids thrive.

Community Support

Through our partners, we connect families with the resources they need to feel supported and manage the ups and downs of everyday life.

Why Give Monthly

Whatever your monthly gift, it accumulates to equip more kids with a caring adult role model in their corner.

Sustained donations enable us to strategically engage and innovate.

Your commitment brings you closer to our work through exclusive updates on our progress and your impact

A child’s life situation can change, but month after month, your gift can provide them resources when and where they need them.

Become a monthly donor today

Gifts that Pay You Income

Gifts that Pay you Income

You can ignite and defend the potential of the youth of Central Ohio while creating reliable retirement income by establishing a charitable gift annuity to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio.

If you’re considering this kind of gift, we recomment you consult with your financial advisor. 

  • Charitable Gift Annuities
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts

You can ensure our landmark mentoring programs will continue while creating reliable retirement income by establishing a charitable gift annuity to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio.

How it works
  • You make a gift of at least $20,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio.
  • You receive fixed payments for life, at an attractive payment rate.
  • Your gift benefits you now and carries on your passion for defending potential for years to come.
How you Benefit
  • Your payment will never change, and payment rates can go as high as 9%, depending on your age (must be 55 or older).
  • Gift annuities are an ideal way to provide financial security for you and a loved one.
  • You may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize.
  • You may avoid some capital gains tax when you use appreciated stock to fund your gift annuity.
  • You can convert a low yielding asset (like bank deposits, securities, etc.) into reliable payments at a more attractive rate.
    • Example

You can earn income for yourself or a loved one while supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio's mission to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. 

You can realize a significant benefit by transferring property to a trust that will eventually be a charitable gift to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. 

Benefits include:

  • A gift that is made during your lifetime or created through your will. 
  • Tax savings realized with a charitable gift receipt.
  • Gifting over time when permissable.
  • Ensures your assets are distributed as you intended
  • Potential for favorable tax treatment of certain capital gains property.

Volunteer

MAKE A BIG IMPACT!

IMPACTFUL and convenient

As a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, you’ll make an impact that will last a lifetime. 100% of Little’s in our community-based and school-based programs improved or maintained in at least two of seven outcome areas, which includes academic performance, sense of social acceptance, educational expectations and more! To see the full impact our Bigs have, view our Annual Impact Report.

Our match support specialists work to match you with your perfect Little and will guide you through every step of your match relationship. With their support, flexible scheduling and a multitude of program options, you’ll be able to make an impact that fits your lifestyle.

Ready to take the first step and make A Big Impact? Send us an inquiry.

Give a Little Something Back

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

Go Big

We’re always looking for people eager to positively impact a child and improve their community at the same time.

Big Brothers especially are in high demand. 

As a Big you can give a Little the invaluable gift of your time. By simply changing their perspective of what the world can offer, you can literally start changing their life. Play a board game. Make a craft. Hit the playground together. Just as your options are unlimited, so is your Little’s potential. But don’t just take it from us. Check out our Big Impact page for stories of what it means to be a role model from our Bigs & Littles. 

Ready to be a Big? Fill out our simple online inquiry form. After you complete it, a Big Brothers Big Sisters staff member will contact you within 72 hours. So many of our Bigs tell us that becoming a Big was the best decision they ever made.

What are you waiting for?

Learn More about the Enrollment Process

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What's it Like to be a Big?

We asked a few volunteers to share their experience

Interested in Volunteering?

Know Someone Who Would Make a Great Big Brother?

At Big Brothers Big Sisters we are always looking for more men to be mentors. We have boys ready and waiting to be matched with a role model. So tell the guys you know to sign up to become Bigs. They can do all the things they love to do already, like see movies, play video games, and go hiking. Only now, they’d get to enjoy it with a child who can truly benefit from it. 

More than 70% 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. So join the thousands of volunteers who give a young person someone to look up to. Refer your friend to become a Big here.

Refer a Friend

Refer a Friend

At a time when not much seems certain about the world, having a Big can make all the difference for local youth.
Right now, we have hundreds of Littles waiting for a Big like you to help them navigate their new normal.

Research shows that volunteers who were referred to our program
by their friends are more likely to have long, impactful matches.
Help us get the word out about our need for Bigs by referring your friends to volunteer.

Here's How You Can Help

Follow us on Facebook

  • One of my favorite activities each week is volunteering one hour with @BBBSCentralOH. Working with my brilliant and fun Little never fails to brighten my day. I encourage everyone to join me!
  • Volunteering with @BBBSCentralOH has been a transformative experience. I invite all of my friends and family to step up and defend the potential of a local child.
  • Today (Little’s first name) and I went to the Columbus Zoo! (Share a funny quote, memory, etc.). Thanks (tag) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio for the free tickets!
  • As many of you know, I’ve been a Big Brother/Sister for the past ___ months/years. If anyone has ever thought about it, please let me know. It’s been a great experience so far and I’d love to help more Littles like __________ get a Big.
  • Are you interested in becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister? Let me know! They are always looking for Bigs and I’d love to help another kid like my Little Brother/Sister _________, reach their biggest possible future.
  • With the right mentor, Littles discover new hobbies and passions. Join me in defending potential. Become a mentor today at bit.ly/defendpotentialtoday.
  • Did you know you can defend potential right from home? My Little and I had a meaningful conversation without leaving our couches. Become a Big today at bit.ly/defendpotentialtoday
  • Post stories of your experiences so all your friends can see in real-time what it’s like to be a Big. Share a video of what you’re doing

Follow us on Twitter

  • The hour I get to interact with my Little is the highlight of my week. Make time in your schedule to be a Big. https://bit.ly/defendpotentialtoday
  • More than 200 students across 23 schools are empowered by the @BBBSCentralOH School-based mentoring program. I volunteer because ………. Join me
  • Had an awesome time with my @BBBSCentralOH Little Brother/Sister _________ today. We got to go to his/her first play together!
  • Had a great time with _________ today. Do you have time in your day to defend the potential of a local youth?
  • Being a @BBBSCentralOH Big has been (share your experience). You could make a difference too.

Follow us on Instagram

  • Today (Little’s first name) and I went to the Columbus Zoo! (Share a funny quote, memory, etc.). Thanks (tag) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio for the free tickets!
  • As many of you know, I’ve been a Big Brother/Sister for the past ___ months/years. If anyone has ever thought about it, please let me know. It’s been a great experience so far and I’d love to help more Littles like __________ get a Big.
  • Are you interested in becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister? Let me know! They are always looking for Bigs and I’d love to help another kid like my Little Brother/Sister _________, reach their biggest possible future.
  • Defender of potential. Giver of good advice, Friend. You’re all these things to me which is why I think you’d be a great Big. ( Tag a friend you think would make a great Big)
  • Post stories of your experiences so all your friends can see in real-time what it’s like to be a Big. Share a video of what you’re doing

Hi _________,

Just wanted to follow up with you on our previous conversation about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. I really think you’d have a lot of fun and you’d be a great fit. Let me know if you want more info and I can get you in touch with the right people.

-Your Name

 

Hey _________,

As you know, I’ve been a Big Brother/Sister for [insert length of time] now, and they are looking for more Bigs to volunteer. I really think you’d have a lot of fun. [Insert Info about your Little and how you have liked the program so far].

Let me know if you want any more info about it or have any questions. Their website has a lot of good info too. Check it out https://www.bbbscentralohio.org/volunteer/

Sincerely,

-Your Name

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Big Futures

What is Big Futures?

In Big Futures, we provide support and resources to high school aged Littles as they work towards graduation. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio partners with community businesses and organizations to promote career and college readiness for Littles and their families as they explore post-graduation opportunities.

2020-2021 Big Futures Program Opportunities

  • ‘Welcome to Big Futures’ annual August orientation event for incoming 9th grade matches and families
  • Quarterly Mentor Cafes
  • Big/Little Camp Weekends
  • Access to week-long Life Skills Summer Camp
  • College campus visits
  • Annual combined military information night
  • Laptops and Tech Training
  • OnTrack program access
  • Expanding Visions Foundation Career Institutes
  • Paid Summer Internship opportunities
  • Ohio Workforce Readiness Seal
  • ‘Bridging to the Future’ annual end of the year celebration for Senior students, Bigs and families
  • Intentional, increased communication and guidance for matches working toward individualized goals and plans. 

Help Empower Big Futures

Interested in sponsoring or partnering with Big Futures?

Contact Ryan Love, Vice President of Resource Development at rlove@bbbscentralohio.org to learn more about available opportunities.

Thank You to Our Big Futures Sponsors & Partners

Ways to Give

Ways to Give

When you donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters, you invest in a child’s future by ensuring they are matched with a caring adult mentor who will help them reach their biggest possible future.
Your gift will have a lasting impact for generations to come.

Give today in one of the following ways:

Make a One-Time Gift

Your gift defends the potential inherent in each child.

Monthly Giving

When you join our program, you increase your impact through ongoing monthly support.

Plan Your Legacy

Extend your legacy by making a planned gift to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Your gift ensures the continuation of our landmark mentoring programs and creates your own legacy of support. Planned giving also offers significant advantages, including tax breaks and a potential income increase.

If you’re considering making Big Brothers Big Sisters part of your trust, bequest, or endowment,
please contact Ryan Love at rlove@bbbscentralohio.org or 614-839-2447 ext. 121

Legal Notice:  This information is not intended as tax or legal advice. For more information about estate planning and making a planned gift to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, we encourage you to consult with your legal and financial advisors. Laws and regulations governing all gifts and availability of certain life income gifts vary by state.

Community Based

Community-Based Match Update

While we strongly encourage matches to continue meeting virtually, beginning July 1st Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio is once again permitting in-person visits between Bigs and Littles under specific guidelines. All Bigs, Littles, and Parents/Guardians will receive a copy of the guidelines and are required to sign off on them prior to any in-person match activities.

You can find and sign a copy of the guidelines online at https://bit.ly/inpersonguidelines. You can also download a copy here  (Spanish version) or request a printed copy to sign and return from your Match Support Specialist.

If you are uncomfortable with meeting in-person, you can continue to visit our activity toolkit for suggestions on fun and creative ways to connect.

Job Opportunities

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio helps children realize their potential and build their futures.
We nurture children and strengthen communities. And we couldn’t do any of it without you.
As a part of a team that is 100 + strong, you can have an impact on the lives of youth across central Ohio.

Here are our available Opportunities

                                                                        Enrollment Specialist                                                                 Match Support Specialist

                                                                        Executive Assistant to the President & CEO                        Grant Manager 

                                                                        Manager of Outreach and Engagement                                 Resource and Program Support Specialist

Check back soon for new opportunities