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Give a Little (Time) and Go Big!

There’s a need for mentors right here in Door County

52 icons of children to represent 52 "Littles" in need of a match with a "Big" mentor

 

Why Volunteer?

Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling things you’ll ever do. You can help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering them to achieve. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do. 

Interested in learning about becoming a big?

 

Take the first step towards becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister by completing the Mentor Inquiry Form.

We’ll work with your schedule.

Once the form is submitted we’ll contact you to set up an information session (virtual or in-person) that works with your schedule.

 

 

 

 

Interested in making a BIG Impact in our Door County community?

Give a little and go BIG!

While there’s always been a need for Big Brothers and Big Sisters in our community, the past two years have certainly accelerated that need. The good news is it’s very easy to become a mentor (aka, a BIG!), and make a lasting impact on children right here in our community. With very little time (<2 hours/month) needed and a variety of virtual and in-person activity ideas (all free) to choose from, you can easily Give a Little time and go BIG!

Being a mentor means you can help shape a child’s future and empower them to achieve
by simply being a consistent presence in their lives.

Let’s Talk about BIG Benefits! 

Phot of a Big Sister (or mentor)with her Little SisterWhen we say your time makes a lasting impact, we mean it! By volunteering as a mentor, you are helping youth grow, develop and excel, and you also can expect some fun benefits when you become a BIG.

When was the last time you got to be a kid? To play games again? To lose track of time and just “be?”

That’s all it takes.

Provide a “Little” in Door County with much-needed time and attention, and you’ll give yourself a reason to bring back some of your favorite childhood activities in your life. 

 

What Does it Take to Be a BIG? 

Photo of a man with young boy sitting on a rock and smilingNot a lot! You don’t have to be a superhero (though we know it’s inside you if you’ve made it here and are reading this!).

To be a mentor, you’ll need to be 18 years or older, have an interest in doing something good for your community and have a couple hours of time to give each month for a year (12 months). That’s it!* 

*All BIGS will need to pass a background check. 

 

Will it Cost me Money?

No, most activity recommendations are all free. There’s no expectation from our Door County Littles that you’ll take them on big excursions that cost money, though you are welcome to take them out to ice cream or buy ingredients to cook together if you choose to do so.

 

What Kinds of Activities Would I Do with a Little?

Some of the simpler experiences lend themselves well to learning, growing, talking and listening so we encourage activities like going for a walk together, playing in the park, playing catch, fishing off the water’s edge (with a Personal Flotation Device of course!), cooking together (in person or virtually), teaching a simple skill (knitting, carving, etc.) or playing any kind of card, board or outdoor game. Check out more mentor resources here, or view activity ideas below.

A few places to consider going with your Little include:

  • Peninsula State Park
  • Crossroads at Big Creek
  • YMCA Sturgeon Bay
  • Apple Valley Lanes
  • The Salty Seagull Miniature Golf
  • Golf N More in Door
  • Clay on Steele Pottery Studio
  • Hands On Art Gallery

Discounts may be available for Bigs and Littles

Want more information so you can Give a Little and Go Big?

We’re sure you have questions and we want to answer them so we can get our Littles the support they need to thrive in life.

Attend a 1-hour, virtual information session so we can show you even more about what a Big/Little relationship looks like and you can ask any questions you might have. Each presentation hosts up to 10 potential Bigs at a time so you can join other fellow Door County community members in evaluating if volunteering is right for you.