The Steps to Become a Big
Step 1: Complete an online application. The application will ask for your basic information and automatically enters you into our database. After you submit this application, someone from our office will contact you shortly to walk you through the rest of the process.
Step 2: Attend an informational session. An informational session and orientation will answer your questions and help prepare you to get the most from your volunteer experience. You can choose to attend a group meeting at the BBBS Lincoln office or meet with our Enrollment Coordinator one-on-one. Give us a call at 402-464-2227 and talk to one of our staff to sign up for a training.
See below for a list of upcoming informational sessions!
Step 3: Submit background check paperwork, provide references and complete your interview questionnaire. Potential Bigs will need to pass background checks and have a good driving record. Our staff will also ask you to provide contact information for three personal references and an employer reference (if you’re employed). You will also have the opportunity to fill out a questionnaire before your interview so we can get an idea of your background, interests and what you are looking for in a match.
Step 4: Meet for an interview. You will need to complete an in-person interview so we can get to know you and what you'd like to gain from your match.
Step 5: Make a Match. After you’ve been approved in our system, our Enrollment Coordinator will begin searching prospective Littles for you. Many things determine a good match and Program Specialists do an excellent job of selecting Littles based on common interests, personalities, and other measures that are important to a successful friendship.
Step 6: Meet your Little. Once both you and your Little agree to the match, it's time to meet up! Most volunteers say this is an exciting moment and some tell us they feel a little nervous. That’s natural! The Littles are excited too, and your Match Support Specialist will be with you to make introductions, go over some ground rules, and help “break the ice.” After introductions and a little final paperwork, you and your Little can take off for your first outing, which is usually a short activity to help begin your friendship. Your Program Specialist will help with ideas if you need them.
Step 7: You are matched. Once you are matched, you and your Little will choose how you’ll spend your time together. Remember – our program is based on the sharing of simple, everyday moments. You don’t have to invent elaborate or expensive outings. Simply spend time with your Little on a regular basis and watch your friendship grow. Your Match Support Specialist will be in contact with you throughout the life of your match and will help ensure you and your Little are enjoying your friendship. They will also inform you about free tickets, special events and other BBBS activities.
Step 8: Have fun! This program is flexible and allows you and your Little to grow your own unique friendship. Sharing a little of yourself with youth is one of the most rewarding things you can do. Be proud of yourself for making this commitment! Enjoy how good it feels to be Big!