Our Big Volunteers are role models who have successfully completed our application and training process. They are at least 18 years old, have a valid driver's license, and proof of liability insurance coverage. Bigs are willing to make a commitment to spending time with a child 2-4 times per month for at least a year. Bigs are also invited to participate in ongoing monthly activities and occasional seminars.
Littles are children between the ages of 5 and 17 primarily from single parent homes in Ocean County.They are referred to the program by a parent, school, juvenile justice system or some other social service agency.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County provides the following Services for "at risk" children in the community:
Is provided to children 5-17 years old that primarily come from single parent homes. The children are matched with a caring adult that provides support, friendship and guides them down the road to a happy and successful future.
Workplace Mentoring Program
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County has partnered with employees of New Jersey Natural Gas to provide onsite mentoring services. This program provides students with "hands on" learning experiences in a corporate environment.
High School "Bigs" Mentoring Program
Our first High School "Bigs" program started with the Juniors and Seniors at Monsignor Donovan High School. This program promotes leadership and volunteerism with the high school students while matching the students with children in our School-Based programs. We currently provide after school mentoring programs in the following school districts: Seaside Heights, Central Regional and Toms River. Mentors visit the children in school and provide them with help and support.
"Waiting Littles" Program
Monthly activities are provided for the community-based children that are waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister. Activities are planned that provide children with new experiences and opportunities as well as meeting new friends.
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