Whether you encountered a member of our Young Professionals Community at a volunteer fair, had a great conversation with a current Big Brother or Sister about their experiences here, happened upon our website purely by chance or were referred to us from another Big Brother Big Sister affiliate, you’re interested in taking that next step, exploring Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters’ volunteer opportunities in earnest! Now what?
Step 1: The Application.
Complete our short Volunteer Application Form. It takes about five minutes. After that, a member of the JBBBS Outreach team will be in touch via e-mail – in most cases within two business days – to schedule a call.
Step 2: The Call.
Outreach staff are poised to answer prospective volunteers’ questions, to ascertain whether prospective volunteers meet basic requirements to be considered and, if so, to advise around next steps. Calls are brief – typically lasting about five minutes.
Step 3: The Interview.
The prospective volunteer meets, in person, with a member of JBBBS’ Programs team to explore, on a more personal level, his or her qualifications and motivation to volunteer. At the same time, the prospective volunteer will be asked to submit references and consent to multiple legal background and driving record checks. This meeting typically lasts about an hour and can be arranged at the prospective volunteer’s convenience including in the morning or during evening hours.
Step 4: The Decision.
Taking into account a prospective volunteer’s personality, motivation, hobbies, interests and schedule, as well as the results of reference, background and driving record checks, the Programs team renders a case-by-case decision about whether a volunteer is a right fit, right now, for any of the children on our Little Brother/Little Sister roster. The prospective volunteer is notified one way or another either by phone or e-mail.
Step 5: Match Meeting.
Once a volunteer is qualified and a Little Brother or Sister is identified for the volunteer, JBBBS staff present the volunteer with a basic profile of the waiting Little Brother or Sister. The volunteer can then decide whether to move forward with a match meeting (or not). The meeting brings together the would-be Big Brother or Sister, the Little Brother or Sister, his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) and JBBBS staff. If all parties are in agreement, the match relationship commences with guidance from the JBBBS social worker.