Our Programs - Lunch Buddies


Being a volunteer Big is a rewarding, meaningful, and fun experience! Mentoring relationships have a huge impact; helping to increase a child’s educational expectations, attitudes towards risky behavior, and social skills.

School-based Bigs (called Lunch Buddies) meet with a child or “Little” at their elementary school during their lunch hour. The match meets weekly, during the school year for at least two semesters.  Matches only meet on school grounds and spend their time playing games, talking, enjoying sports or crafts 1:1 or occasionally, work on homework.

Each match is supported by Big Brothers Big Sisters’ professional staff to ensure child safety, coach mentoring matches through difficult situations, and monitor progress toward goals.

Bigs and Littles are matched based on similar interests, personalities, and experiences.  To be a Big, you must be age 16 or older.

  • A Big Brother is matched with a Little Brother, Kindergarten (age 5) through 5th grade.
  • A Big Sister can be matched with either a Little Brother or Sister, Kindergarten (age 5) through 5th grade.

Are you ready to do something Big today?  Download the application to get started.