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Imagine who they will be when they grow up - thanks to you!

The world's oldest and largest mentoring organization for children invites you to make a significant change in a child's life trajectory. You have the opportunity to volunteer as a “Big Brother or Sister” to a child in crisis, in need of support - for a variety of reasons and circumstances (parental dysfunction, divorce, illness, various disabilities).
These causes lead to anger, sadness, confusion and loneliness - just some of the emotions that accompany the children and affect their mental well-being now and in the future.
In a weekly meeting that provides an emotional, social and personal response and support, you can change a child's life path, and the future of Israeli society.
Full training and professional mentorship is provided for volunteers.

To apply

Once you fill out and submit the form, our staff will contact you with more information
You can also reach us by e-mail at volunteer@bbbs.org.il or via telephone at 03-7448744

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Mary & Shahar

Meet Little Sister Mary and her Big Sister Shahar. Their special relationship has been established for six months during which they have accumulated many experiences. Shahar, is a pastry chef who knows a thing or two about desserts, provided us with recipes throughout the year and bakes quite a bit with her sister, Mary.

Ephraim & Bena

During the year, Bena taught Ephraim how to play the guitar, until one of the session, he surprised him with a guitar so he could always play. Because the tune of a Big Brother is eternal. And this tune will never stop.

Josiah & Daniel

Josiah and Daniel love to take pictures. As they film, they record their experiences in life. They make sure they have enough experiences to have something to photograph as well.

Bar & Or

Dor & Gal

Yaana & Tal

Twice a week, a lifetime - Dalit Peretz's moving story

FAQs

  • Is the “Big Brothers and Sisters” role one that is analogous to adoption?

    No. The “Big Brothers and Sisters” have no legal responsibility for the “Littles” they are paired with. The relationship is based on personal, two-hour weekly sessions.

  • How do you ensure that the relationship between the volunteer and the participant is strong enough to last long term?

    We do many things in order to create a framework for long lasting relationships:

    Volunteer selection and matching processes are carried out by a team of experienced professionals. Throughout the volunteer period, social workers frequently check in with the volunteers and provide them with professional support, both individually and collectively.
    Volunteer coordinators maintain personal relationships with volunteers, “Littles” and their families, conduct training sessions and professional workshops, and are available to anyone involved in the program, at all times.

  • How many “Big and Little” pairs are there today in Israel?

    As of 2014, the organization was providing support for 430 children at risk. The pairs are usually one on one, so there is a comparable amount of “big sibling” volunteers.

  • Are the “Big Brothers and Sisters” paid for their work?

    No. All of the “Bigs” volunteer their time for the good of the “Littles.”

  • Do the “Big Brother or Sister” replace the missing parent?

    No. Nobody can take the place of a parent. That being said, a continual relationship with a caring and responsible adult figure can tremendously help decrease feelings of loneliness, and boost the child’s self-confidence and self-esteem.

  • What do the “Bigs” and “Littles” do during meetings?

    Enjoy themselves, create personal connections, and spend quality time together. Volunteers and participants work to find a common interest, and then base their weekly meet-ups around that activity.
    Often, thanks to the generosity of our partners and supporters, volunteers and participants are given free or discounted tickets to a variety of shows, sports games and other events.
    In addition, a number of fun days are held each year, during which volunteers and participants from all over the country get together. The association’s annual fundraising event is also an opportunity to meet all the pairs, their families and those who support the organization.

  • Can I be a “Big” to more than one child?

    To ensure that the child receives proper time and attention, volunteers to child ratio is 1:1.
    In situations where the child does not need as much from the volunteer, it is possible for another child to be introduced to the “family.”

  • How much does joining the program cost?

    There is no charge for joining the program. In addition, we help both “Little Brothers” and “Big Brothers” find leisure and enrichment activities free of charge or at discounted prices. In many cities in Israel, registration for the program is carried out with the professional bodies in each authority.

  • How old are the “Little Brothers and Sisters”?

    Our program is for children ages 6-18, from single parent families, who are in need of support. Children who do not meet these criteria will be accepted on the basis of a professional recommendation.

  • What is the minimum time commitment of a “Big?”

    Two hours a week for a year, in order to allow for the growth of a solid and long-lasting relationship between each pair.

  • What special skills should “Big Brothers and Sisters” have?

    In order to apply to volunteer for the program you must be 18 years old, capable of giving attention and support to the children, and have a willingness to devote two hours a week, over the course of a year. Once you are accepted, we will provide you with the professional tools necessary, and accompany you throughout the mentoring period.

  • How long does it take to be matched with a “Big Brother or Sister”?

    We do our best to respond to all relevant inquiries, but since the process of matching the “Bigs” is based on professional considerations aimed at ensuring maximum compliance and prompt response to urgent cases, we cannot make any time commitment.

  • What is the goal of “Big Brothers Big Sisters of Israel"?

    The organization was established for the welfare of children from single-parent homes. The goal is to create a meaningful personal relationship between “Bigs” and “Littles,” and provide a framework for them to spend quality time together.

  • Why is this a long term program?

    There are many projects in Israel which provide short-term mentoring. Although they are successful, for many children, parting after a short period is a painful repetition of past separations. In light of more than a century of experience from the American branch of the organization, Israel decided that its program would be long term. Tens of thousands of programs in the world, based on this approach, prove to be a solid foundation for empowering the children involved.

  • How do you know that the program has such a positive influence on the participants?

    A long-term relationship between a responsible adult and a child who needs it can make a huge difference in the child’s life, and positively affect his or her development. The association’s practices are based on a corporate methodology that has been operating in the United States for over a century and whose effectiveness is being tested as part of the routine. In 2014, the association was tested by the “Midot” organization – and met the effectiveness criteria. Effectiveness indicators show that the association is committed to focusing on results, continuous improvement, and social impact. The analysis examined, among other things, planning, execution, learning, leadership media, finance, ethics, transparency, control and social influence. As mentioned, the association regularly performs self-reviews. Surveys have proved that there is a positive impact on the child’s life because of the influence of their “big sibling.”
    For a document on the Quality of Life Survey findings, click here

  • How can a “Little” join the program?

    A parent, legal guardian, child social worker or school counselor can enroll a child for the program.
    The relevant branch manager must be contacted through the ‘Contact Us’ form on the website
    How much does it cost to join the program?
    The program is free of charge. In addition, we try to help all participants find leisure and enrichment activities for free or at discounted rates. In many cities in Israel, registration for the program is carried out by professional bodies in each authority.

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