how it works

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert's program is designed to build a match based on shared interests, personality and your volunteer preferences.

Two Programs to Serve Children

1. Community-based matches
This is our traditional mentoring relationship, where a caring adult is matched in a one-to-one relationship with a child. Bigs and Littles get together at a time and place that's convenient to both schedules several times a month. While throwing a ball, reading a book, shooting hoops or just picking up the laundry, Bigs and Littles develop a special relationship with lasting impact. This program is more flexible and will fit your busy schedule!

2. Site-based Mentoring Programs
This is an excellent option for volunteers who want a more structured volunteer experience or for children that, due to their home location, may not be eligible for other programs. Site-based matches meet at the Boys &; Girls Club (Coachella, Indio, La Quinta, or Desert Hot Springs) or the Salvation Army in Cathedral City for just one hour each week during the day. They do projects together, read in the library, make crafts, shoot hoops and more.

becoming a big -

Adult Volunteers may choose from the Community-based or the Site-based mentoring programs. If you are at least 18 years old and want to bring magic into the life of a child, here is all you have to do:

  • Call Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert at (760) 568-3977 or email at us at and schedule an appointment.
  • Apply. Make arrangements to visit our office to fill out an application.
  • Interview. An Enrollment Specialist will interview you in person.
  • Background Check. Child safety is our priority, so we'll review your records to ensure you'll be a good fit for our program.
  • References. You'll need to provide at least three references of people we can talk to about your ability to be a mentor.
  • Matching. We will review the kids in your area who need a Big Brother or Big Sister and find the best fit for you. Depending on your gender and the kind of child you'd like to work with, matching may go very quickly or take some time. Making the right match is important to our commitment to form lasting relationships.

becoming a High School Big
Big Brother and Big Sister volunteers are matched to children at one of our site-based mentoring programs and meet for 60 minutes a week to share new experiences and have fun!

Our High School Bigs enjoy spending time with the children they are matched to and do things such as playing board games, helping them with homework, working on school projects and of course, laughing and talking and just being their friend.

Community Service Hour Requirements
Volunteering to become a Big Brother or Big Sister can fulfill your community service requirements at school. Plus, you can include your volunteer work on resumes, college applications and job applications.

Being a Big Brother or Big Sister volunteer will help build leadership and communication skills, develop a sense of responsibility and provide guidance to a child who is looking for special attention.

And best of all - it's fun!

Volunteer Opportunities
If you are in High School and can spend 60 minutes a week in the afternoon at one of our site-based mentoring programs, then you can become a High School Big!

We have site-based mentoring programs at the following Boys & Girls Clubs:

  • La Quinta Boys & Girls Club
  • Indio Boys & Girls Club
  • Coachella Boys & Girls Club
  • Boys & Girls Club of Desert Hot Springs
  • Salvation Army, Cathedral City TEAM program

Program hours are Monday through Friday from 2:00-5:30 p.m. during the school year. Program summer hours run from 9:00 - 5:00 p.m. at most of the Boys & Girls Club site-based programs. Our Site-based Program staff can provide complete details of summer hours at the various site programs.

spending time with your little
Once matched, Big Brothers and Big Sisters develop friendships with their Little Brothers and Little Sisters. Whether playing a computer game or simply hanging out - you bring magic into the life of a child. It's that simple.

supporting you
Each match is supported by professional staff at your local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency. Match support specialists regularly check in with volunteers, children, and parents, and are always available to answer questions.

Regular events are held in your community, giving you an opportunity to meet other Bigs and Littles in your area. Plus, through the generosity of our partners and individuals in your community, there are often free tickets to ball games, the theater, and more!


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