Op4G Partner Profile: Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

big brothers big sistersOp4G has long been a supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBS). In fact, as of May 2013, Op4G is partnered with 16 Big Brothers Big Sisters chapters across the US—from Maine to Texas to Puget Sound!

Founded in 1904 by a court clerk troubled by the number of juvenile offenders, Big Brothers Big Sisters aims to help children in adversity reach their full potential. To achieve this mission, the organization pairs boys and girls (“Littles”) with caring and professionally-supported volunteer mentors (“Bigs”).

According to national research, “Littles” and “Bigs” meet 3 times monthly, on average. The relationship that develops leads to “direct and measurable impacts on children’s lives”. For example, Little Brothers and Sisters are 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27% less likely to begin using alcohol, and 52% less likely to skip school. They are also more confident in school and get along better with family members.

So how can you help Big Brothers Big Sisters of America? If you have a few hours of free time each month, consider volunteering to be a “Big”. Simply fill out an online application (at www.bbbs.org) and a BBBS staff member will contact you shortly. We also encourage you to complete Op4G surveys on behalf of our BBBS partners (Op4G Non Profit Partners). If your local BBBS chapter is not on our list, please refer them by completing our non-profit sign up form.