Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Erie County

Big Brothers/Big Sisters provides adult role models to children 6 to 13 years old from single parent families. The volunteer initiates consistent contact three to six hours a week, one-to-one with a child for a minimum of one year. The Volunteer provides positive social, recreational, cultural and interpersonal activities for the child. A case manager provides supervision of the match in order to ensure that the children’s needs are being met.

Client Eligibility Criteria

  • Resident of Erie County.
  • Between 6 and 13 years of age at time of inquiry.
  • Children residing in one-parent families are primary recipients of the service.
  • Program designed to service vulnerable children and their families in need of social support.

Volunteer Eligibility Criteria

  • Resident of Erie County.
  • At least 19 years of age.
  • Have a valid driver’s license and proof of car insurance.
  • Complete application, assessment, and training process.
  • Be able to commit as a volunteer for one (1) year.
  • Receive Act 33/34 clearance.

The primary funding for Big Brothers/Big Sisters comes from an annual fund raiser, Bowl For Kids’ Sake, the United Way of Erie County, and Erie County Office of Children & Youth.