About Us

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a life changing preventive program that ultimately reduces the need for possible future juvenile justice and school disciplinary intervention when the child is older and/or becomes an adult. There will always be a need for mentoring services as the number of single parents continues to grow within the county however, for those Littles that participate in the program the need for future intervention is greatly reduced.

Our Staff


Madalaine Rice - Executive Director

Patti Trustan - Executive Assistant

Naama Amit - Community Based Enrollment Specialist
Amanda Brunas - School Based Coordinator
Marty Cinquemane - Volunteer Coordinator
Ryan Connors - Match Support Specialist


Our Board of Directors (view)


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County was founded in 1997 by a group of community volunteers concerned about at-risk youth in Ocean County. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County is a not-for-profit youth agency, an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and a certified United Way Agency. The agency is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of volunteers committed to the vision of mission of the agency.

In the history of BBBSOC, all of the Littles in our program have finished high school and continued their educations in college or trade school, often despite considerable odds. Our program is making a difference in Ocean County.


Our vision is that all children achieve success in life.


Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.


We partner with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving:

  • Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships

  • Avoidance of risky behaviors

  • Educational success

Our Services

We mentor children, ages 5 to 17, throughout Ocean County. We provide Community-Based and School-Based Mentoring Programs.

  • Community-based Mentoring helps build a cultivating relationship with a child by providing them with skills to manage every day challenges. Through simple friendships, children discover a world of possibilities and opportunities.
  • School-based Mentoring focuses on creating an inviting environment in the child´s school. As the High School Bigs and their Littles´ friendship evolves, they both discover ways to make school and learning fun.
  • Workplace-based Mentoring


To learn more about BBBSOC, please call us at 732-505-3400 or click here to send us an email message.
To donate online to support our programs, please use the Donate button below.





Who are the Bigs?

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.

Who are the Littles?

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.

What services does BBBSOC provide?

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County provides the following Services for "at risk" children in the community:

Community-Based Mentoring

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.

How Can I Become a Big Brother or Big Sister?

All of the information you need to get started is here.

What is the Bigs in Blue Program?

It is a national program of Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County (BBBSOC) is the first agency in New Jersey to develop the program. Currently it is a partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County and the Toms River Police Department. BBBSOC is looking to expand the program into other communities in Ocean County. It is a one-to-one mentoring program that connects youth with police. The interactions build strong bonds between law enforcement and the families they serve. Reaching children at a young age through positive role models will build trust in the police department and greatly enhance the children's chances of success.

How Can I Help BBBSOC?

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To learn more about BBBSOC, please call us at 732-505-3400 or click here to send us an email message.
To donate online to support our programs, please use the Donate button below.