Becoming a Big

Volunteer Application/Enrollment Process

The process of becoming a Big involves several steps that are important in both ensuring the suitability of potential volunteers and providing BBBS staff with the information needed so that the best possible match can be made with a child in the community.

The enrollment process includes the following steps:

  • Complete online application, providing us with references
  • Complete BBBS training
  • Complete in-person interview/home assessment
  • Driving record and criminal background check

Contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at (320) 253-1616 to make the first step toward enriching your life and the life of a child or email Rachel at:

Program Options

Community-Based Program: Community-Based Bigs spend a couple of hours with their Little, 3-4 times a month, doing activities in the community. A few activities that Community-Based matches enjoy are: going to movies, grabbing a bite to eat, and going to the park.


School-Based Program: School-Based Bigs spend about one hour per week with their Littles at the child's school. School-Based Bigs stay in contact with their Littles via phone or mail over the summer months. A few activities that School-Based matches enjoy are: playing board games, arts & crafts, and playing on the school playground. School districts currently served include: Big Lake, Foley, Sartell, Sauk Rapids and St. Cloud.


Site-Based Program: Site-Based Bigs spend about one hour per week with their Little at a designated site in the community. A few activities that Site-Based matches enjoy are: playing board games, arts & crafts, and playing sports. 


*All volunteers are required to commit for a minimum of 1 year

You never know when someone
May catch a dream from you
You never know when a little word
Or something you may do
May open up the windows
Of a mind that seeks the light
The way you love, may not matter at all
But you never know it might.

And just in case it could be
That another's life, through you
Might possibly change for the better
With a broader and brighter view
It seems it might be worth a try
At pointing the way to the right
Of course it may not matter at all,
But then again…it might

-Helen L. Marshall

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota Phone: (320) 253-1616
203 Cooper Ave N, Suite 162, Saint Cloud, MN 56303 Toll Free: 1-888-600-1616