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Looking to get involved? Whether you’re interested in donating, volunteering or enrolling your child, Big Brothers Big Sisters offers several types of programs in communities across the country.

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Sponsor change in your community.

Big meets Little.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area targets the children who need us most, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty and coping with parental incarceration. Starting something begins with finding a great match between a Big and a Little. Making these matches, and performing all the background work involved with them, is possible because of donations from people like you. It's also why we're able to offer such a wide variety of programs that pair children, ages 6 through 18, with role models in one-to-one relationships.

Who We Serve

We serve children between the ages of 6 – 18 who live in nine Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma. The children we serve are a diverse group, representative of the Bay Area as a whole. However, most are from single-parent homes or live with a non-parent caregiver. Many live below the poverty level. Their parents/caregivers are often torn between being an active presence in their child’s life and the need to provide financial necessities for their family. As a result, kids end up lacking positive adult role models and are often at a higher risk for being drawn into gang activity, substance abuse and crime which is often prevalent in low income areas.

Most of the children that we serve are from these at-risk families. They have the potential for greatness, but need a special role model and friend they can trust and look up to. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area can be a lifeline for these kids, by matching them with that special person.

Thanks to the generous financial support of thousands of Bay Area donors, foundations and corporate partners, our services are always provided at no charge to enrolled participants. Together We Have The Power To Change Lives!

How a Big becomes a Big—and a Little, a Little.

Before we make a match, we do our homework. After someone expresses an interest in becoming a Big, they go through an extensive background check and careful interview process. Then we match Bigs and Littles based on location, personalities and preferences. And we provide full support from the start, so matches can grow into lasting, fruitful relationships. It’s also important to note that the entire matching process is made possible through donations—we can’t do what we do best without them!

What’s a Big and Little to do?

Each match is unique. Getting together doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activity—just a few hours every month doing things the Little and Big already enjoy. For example:
  • Playing catch
  • Reading books
  • Getting ice cream
  • Going to a museum
  • Providing advice and inspiration

For more information about all of our programs, contact us at info@bbbsba.org or 415-503-4050.

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