Volunteer with your partner or spouse and be matched to a Little Brother or Little Sister. This is a great way for both of you to give the gift of friendship to a child.
In today's fast paced world we have a program where you and your partner can volunteer together! This program offers a great opportunity for a couple, who have been together for at least 2 years, to be matched with a child for a unique two-to-one friendship. Spend time with your partner and bring some magic into the life of a child at the same time.
What is the basic commitment of a Couples Match?
Each couple is asked to make a commitment for a minimum of one year. Developing a friendship with a child and creating a positive influence takes time. We strongly believe that the success of the friendship between our volunteers and a Little Brother or Little Sister depends more on regular and consistent contact and the enjoyment of the activities together, than on the length of each visit. While any amount of time that a volunteer contributes to a child's life is beneficial, we encourage a minimum of 2 outings per month and regular phone contact.
How do we apply to become a Caring Couple?
There are several ways to apply to become a Caring Couple:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 705-673-6161 to request an application package be mailed to you
Drop by our office and pick up an application package
Is there an age limit for a Couples Match?
Both partners must be at least 20 years of age and in a committed, healthy relationship for a minimum of 2 years. There is no maximum age limit, as long as the volunteers are in good general health and are physically active.
Do you need to own a car?
No, some of our Bigs and Littles rely on public transit. We’ll try to match a particular Couple to a child on an easy bus route.
Who are the Little Brothers and Little Sisters?
Children in our programs range in age from 5 - 16 years. Each child is unique, responsive, and has a need for a consistent, positive role model. As we are a volunteer service, our program is friendship based and is not designed as a form of intervention for serious individual or family problems.
Are we expected to help with family issues?
Our volunteers’ primary responsibility is to spend time with their Little Brother or Sister, and they are discouraged from getting involved in family dynamics. Agency support ensures that clear boundaries are maintained.
Is there a cost involved in being a Couples Match?
Some incidental costs may be incurred while on outings with your "Little"; however, we encourage all participants to be creative about finding low or no cost activities to do together. We plan some special events for our volunteers and Littles that everyone is encouraged to attend at little or no cost to them. These events may include holiday parties, picnics, sporting events, etc.
What do the kids like to do?
While interests vary, most kids like to participate in out-door activities, like swimming, mountain biking, and roller blading. They also enjoy movies, crafts, cooking and going to Sudbury Wolves hockey games. Many of our Little Brothers and Sisters enjoy team sports while others prefer art, working on building models, Lego, music, and computers.
The focus of the program is to spend quality time together. It’s not always necessary to do exciting activities, or spend money.
Does the agency stay involved once the match is made?
Yes. We provide ongoing support and monitoring. Our caseworkers are available to deal with any questions or concerns that come up. Regular phone contact with all parties is an expectation of the program as are regularly scheduled meetings to discuss the progress of the match.
We also provide agency sponsored activities so that the volunteers and Littles can meet each other. We match a couple with a Little Brother or Sister taking care to ensure they have similar interests. Matches spend one-to-one time together doing things that friends do… like talking, playing ball in the park, watching a movie or just hanging out. You don’t have to change your life to become a Couples Match… having a Little just means you have someone else to share your life.
It's easy to get involved
email@example.com to find out more about volunteering as a Couple