Frequently Asked Questions

Program

What is Big Brothers Big Sisters?
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a 501C3 non-profit agency that matches children with adults who assist the child by simply being a special friend, mentor.  They form lasting relationships that influence the lives of the child, volunteer and family.
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What is a 'Big'?
A ‘Big’ is a volunteer mentor who is matched in a one-to-one relationship with a child (‘Little’) in our program. A mentor is a friend, a supporter, a positive and consistent addition to the life of a Little. A Big Brother or Big Sister isnot a replacement parent, a babysitter or a therapist. Rather someone to help share a different perspective on life and help their Little to realize their endless potential.
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What is a 'Little'?
A 'Little' is a child in our program between the ages of 5 and 15.  Our Littles come from various backgrounds, neighborhoods and schools.  Their backgrounds and personalities are unique, but they all have a need for friendship with a caring adult.
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What is the benefit of BBBSGC?
Researchers found that after 18 months of spending time with their Bigs, the Little Brothers and Little Sisters, compared to those children not in our program, were:

  • 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
  • 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
  • 52% less likely to skip school
  • 37% less likely to skip a class
  • 33% less likely to hit someone
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How can I donate a product or service to benefit BBBSGC?
We rely on the support of the Gallatin community and businesses to help keep our costs down, so more of our funds can go directly to supporting our mentoring program.  Call our office at 406.587.1216 for more information.
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What other volunteer opportunities are there?
There are many volunteer opportunities to joining a committee, becoming part of our board, or just volunteering at one of our special events.  Please fill out this form to let us know what you are interested in.  
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How is my donation used?
Your dollars help to create meaningful matches between children 'Littles' and volunteer mentors 'Bigs' here in Gallatin County.  Our staff provides ongoing support for for the lifetime of the match, with all parties involved, and ensure that the match provides a successful and beneficial outcome for the child.  
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Volunteer

How do I become a 'Big'?
Visit our Volunteer, Become a Big, page to find out more and fill out our online application.  
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What are the requirements to become a 'Big'?
Accepted volunteer mentors are 18 or older.  You must complete an in-depth interview with one of our program staff and sign off on a background and DMV check.
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Why am I on the waitlist?
There are several reasons you may be on our waitlist after either inquiring to become a mentor or after you have been accepted as a mentor in our program.  Some reasons could be: historically, we have received a greater number of potential Big Sister inquiries than Big Brother inquiries, and we have a greater need for Big Brothers, so Big Sisters may have to wait a bit longer to be interviewed or matched.  We may be waiting for your background check or DMV check or referals to return our calls.  We may not have a child ready to be matched within the parameters in which you were looking for or location you were looking for.  We do appreciate your patience and know that someone will get back to you soon.
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What support does a mentor receive from BBBSGC?
Once a Big and a Little are matched, they are assigned a Case Manager who will oversee and monitor the match for its duration.  Our staff is available for answers to any questions, to guide and assist with any issues or difficulties, and to ensure that all parties are benefiting from the relationship.  
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What types of activities does a 'Big' and 'Little' do together?
Most matches do simple, everyday activities and often begin their match with outings conducive to talking.  Bigs and Littles have lots to learn about each other.  We stress 'no to low cost' activities that strengthen the relationship while building confidence and exposing the Little to new things.  We offer "Two-for-One" cards from area businesses that offer discounts to matches.  Many matches do community service activities together or play catch in the park, bake cookies, go bowling, take bike rides or walks, or just hang out.  We do receive limited amounts of donated tickets throughout the year, which we offer to all of our matches on a first come, first serve basis.  
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Enroll a Child

How do I enroll my child?
Fill out the online form or contact our office at 406.587.1216.
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What are the requirements?
Children who are ages 5-15 years old may be accepted to be matched with a volunteer mentor or 'Big'.  The child must be willing to be matched in order to be accepted into the program, as we feel they will receive the most benefit if they have a genuine desire to be matched with a Big Brother or Sister or Couple.  
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Why am I on the waitlist?
There are several reasons you may be on our waitlist after either inquiring to be a 'Little' or after you have been accepted.  We receive a greater number of potential Big Sister inquiries than Big Brother inquiries, and so Little Brothers may wait a bit longer to be interviewed or matched.  We may not have a Big ready to be matched within proximity to where you are located or with the same interests.
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What support does a parent/guardian and child receive from BBBSGC?
Once a Big and Little are matched, they are assigned a Case Manager who will oversee and monitor the match for its duration.  Our staff is available during the week for answers to any questions, to guide and assist with any issues or difficulties, and to ensure that all parties are benefiting from the relationship.  
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Contact Us


Main Office

15 South 8th Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: 406.587.1216

Big Sky Branch

PO Box 160084
Big Sky, MT 59716
Phone: 406.855.6544

Ennis Branch

PO Box 57
Ennis, MT 59729
Phone: 406.682.5681