We believe that in each child there is a special spark that, when provided with inspiration and encouragement, will lead them to become a positive, productive citizen of our community and the world.
With just a few hours each month as a volunteer Big Brother or Big Sister, you’ll become a role model and a friend and provide your Little with the support they need to reach their full potential.
And … it’s rewarding and fun!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC has three main programs to fit different needs and schedules.
You’ll be matched with a child from a single-parent family who shares your interests. From cooking, gardening, reading, hiking, fishing or basketball—you’ll schedule simple, fun activities with your Little at least two times each month that meet your individual interests: the adventure is up to you!
You’ll be matched with an elementary age youth for fun activities one hour each week at the child’s school throughout the school year. Activities include assisting your Little with his/her academic assignments as well as opportunities for a variety of other relationship-building activities such as board games or arts and crafts.
You’ll offer consistency, role-modeling and encouragement for your Little for one hour each week throughout the school year at his/her after-school program site. Activities can include assistance with homework, field games, basketball, tennis cooking, board games, music, and much more.
How It Works
You can submit an application online or print and mail one directly to our office. Prospective volunteers are screened and background checked to ensure the safety of our Littles.
You’ll be contacted to schedule an interview with our professional match specialist who will learn more about your personality and interests to ensure the best possible match.
You’ll attend an educational volunteer training where you’ll learn what to expect in your match, how to utilize our ongoing support services and other important information.
You’ll be matched with your Little based on multiple variables the the goal of creating a long-term friendship.
Volunteers will be supported monthly by trained BBBS volunteer support specialists.
What People Say
"What I like about being a Big Brother is that it forces me to get out of my rut and try new things. For example, we have taken archery lessons, trampoline jumping and modern arts and crafts lessons together. I doubt I would have had those experiences on my own."-Mark, Big Brother
"She enriches my life. She is part of my family and part of my network of people who help make me who I am. So, what you get out of this relationship is: someone who feeds you, who is part of what makes you happy and feel fulfilled."-Laura, Big Sister
"In these times, when so much could divide us, being a big to Isiah has allowed me a diversity in life that I cherish to be a part of. "-William, Big Brother
"As wonderful and beautiful as Asheville is, there is still so much segregation and so many relationships that are not able to be fostered. Being a Big lets me build connections and relationships that I might not otherwise develop...and this is such an opportunity for me to grow. "-Elizabeth, Big Sister
"I've seen her learn to swim, we've seen he Lion King together...and now I'm going to get to see her graduate from high school and I couldn't be more grateful and proud. "-Nikki, Big Sister