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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Wabash Valley

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Creating a positive difference in the lives of children, one volunteer and one child at a time.

Big Brothers Big Sisters changes lives for the better, forever. BBBS provides children in the Wabash Valley with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships. The program is free, generational changing, and provides significant impact and enrichment for Bigs and Littles alike. 

Be a BIG

Volunteering is fun, big time. Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do; not to mention, one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering them to achieve. 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. Believe it or not, simple activities have the power to make a life-changing impact on your Little, and on yourself! Bigs in the community must be 18 or older, pass a background check, provide three references, complete a volunteer interview, and undergo our volunteer training session. (Upon application you must provide a valid driver’s license, proof of current car insurance, and $25 for your background check.) Bigs in the after-school programs must be in Ninth through Twelfth Grade, provide teacher/coach referrals, complete a volunteer interview, undergo our volunteer training session, and attend every after-school meeting. High schools currently involved in the program are Terre Haute North, Terre Haute South, West Vigo, and Northview. Volunteer commitment requirements: 1 year, 4 hours per month

Be a Little

As a parent, you recognize the potential of your child better than anyone. By giving them the opportunity to be part of Big Brothers Big Sisters, you’re starting them down a path to an even brighter, more promising future. Bigs meet with their Littles a few times per month and spend time doing things they both enjoy. From our gathered data, it is proven that our Bigs help Littles with confidence levels, avoidance of drugs/alcohol, doing better in school, social skills, and feeling better about themselves. Littles must be ages 6-14. Parent/guardian and child must complete an application and an in-home interview. Criteria for Littles: Must be age 6-14…the only criteria.

For more information or to enroll your child, visit www.bbbs.org or contact BBBS Coordinator Emily Freeman by email (efreeman@casyonline.org) or phone (812-232-3952, ext. 52).

Our vision is to build professionally supported, dynamic relationships, which unite children with committed volunteers, transforming their lives and enriching families and communities. Our work is as elementary as putting a friend in a child’s life and as essential as putting hope into a child’s future.

Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth, primarily through a professionally supported one-to-one relationship with a caring adult. The goal is to assist children in achieving their highest potential as they grow to become confident, competent, and caring individuals, by providing committed volunteers, local and national leadership, and standards of excellence.

National studies show the positive impact between mentoring and youth development. Of youth who are involved in a professionally supported one-to-one relationship with a caring adult:

  • 46% are less likely to begin using drugs
  • 27% are less likely to begin using alcohol
  • 33% are less likely to bully or hit someone
  • 52% are less likely to skip school
  • 37% are less likely to skip a class

Bowl For Kids’ Sake 

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Wabash Valley’s signature fundraiser. Each year hundreds of supporters come together to have fun and raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters as we change how children grow up! Bowl for Kids’ Sake is the perfect way for individuals to make an impact on our community – it only takes a little bit of effort to raise the money that is vital to our program’s success.
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Our Services

We're dedicated to helping parents, teachers, child care providers, and our entire community build brighter futures for children.
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For Families

Get free help to find quality child care and learn how to apply for financial assistance.

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For Early Care and Education

Assure quality child care, apply for grant assistance and get help with nutritious meals.

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For the Community

Serving hundreds of local children takes a lot of local support! Learn how you can help.

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