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Volunteer (Big) Requirements

Big Brothers Big Sisters offers 2 programs: Community and School Based (Big Buddies)

Information on both is listed below as well as how to start the process to become a mentor today!


  • Application
  • Reference Check
  • Criminal Background Check
  • In Home Interview (For Community) or Office Interview (For Big Buddies)
  • Time to commit to a child in need
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • One Year Commitment

Community Program (Located in Dodge County and Watertown Community)

Matches spend time together doing activities in the community or in the volunteer’s home.  Ideal volunteers participate in activities and have interests that complement those of the child.  Matches spend time together weekly or Bi weekly  – (or at least talk on the phone or via e-mail when a visit is not possible)  Matches are paired for a minimum of one calendar year.


The match or friendship is carefully screened, orientated, and introduced through the skill of the Big Brothers Big Sisters staff.


  • The matches are encouraged to do every day activities
  • The volunteer and the child are informed that it is about spending quality time together not spending a lot of money.
  • Include the child in your own family activities.
  • The Big Brothers Big Sisters organization also plans activities; bowling, picnic, swim parties, and much more. 

Community Mentor (Big) Application

School Based (Big Buddies) Program (Located in Horicon, Mayville, and Watertown Community)

Matches spend about 1 hour a week with each other during lunch time at the child’s school.  Ideal mentors will spend time with the child doing various activities: such as coloring, reading, talking, or going outside.   Sometimes mentors will help the child work on homework.  Children in this program generally range from K-5th grade, though some mentors stay with their child into Middle School and even High School.   Mentors in this program do not see their child outside of school.

School Based (Big Buddies) Mentor Application

If you have additional questions please fill out the contact form below or call us at 920-261-2315:

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