Become a Big


"Spending time with my Little Sister is easy.  Stuff I’d do anyway is more fun with her."

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Be A Big!

Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable things you will ever do.

It's easy, too. Your Little can join you for the kinds of activities you already enjoy:

  • Shooting hoops
  • Playing a board game
  • Sharing a pizza
  • Taking a walk in the park
  • Or just hanging out and talking.

Just 4 hours a month can change a young person's life.

Depending on the Big Brothers Big Sisters program you're in, you will meet your Little at his or her school or in the community. Learn more about our programs.

Little Brothers and Little Sisters come from all kinds of backgrounds. Some are really little (as young as six) and some are teenagers. Some may live on your block and some a few miles away. What do they all have in common?

They need the friendship and guidance of someone like YOU.

"As a Big, you're simply a friend. Your friendship fits your lifestyle. Busy people of all ages can get involved-choose the program that works best for you!"
-Ron, age 54, Big Brother

How to apply: The easiest and fastest way to get started is to complete our convenient online application.  After you complete a short form online, a Big Brothers Big Sisters staff member will contact you. You'll need to:

  • Provide three references
  • Participate in an in-person interview
  • Have a background check performed.

Alternatively, you may call 518-798-1010, x302 or x300 during regular business hours to volunteer.

We're here to help.

Have a question?  Don't worry. Our trained staff will be happy to guide you through the application process. And when it's time to make a match we'll help you meet a Little in your area who shares your interests - and we'll support you all the way. We'll even give you some great ideas for activities that other Bigs and Littles have enjoyed through the years! 

Looking for more information right away? Review answers to commonly asked questions in our FAQs.

You've been thinking about getting involved. Now you know how easy it is and how much your help is needed. Why not apply to be a Big today?

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