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WHAT WE DO

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio is all about mentoring! We match caring volunteers with kids facing adversity to provide professionally-supported, structured mentoring relationships that have a measurable positive impact on our youth, our mentors and our community. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities that fit every schedule: community-based mentoring and school-based mentoring, including PROJECT MENTOR.

Our Ohio Footprint

Our network of affiliated offices serves kids in 14 Ohio counties! Last year, including our affiliated agencies, we served more than 7,900 Ohio kids in one-to-one mentoring relationships and at our Camp Oty’Okwa. In addition, our Mentoring Center of Central Ohio is increasing the quality and quantity of mentoring in Ohio. Our main office is in Columbus, and our family of affiliates includes:

What Does It Take To Be A Mentor?

It doesn't take any special skills or education to mentor in our community-based or school-based (including PROJECT MENTOR) programs, just a desire to help a child succeed. It is about developing a friendship and empowering a child. It will be one of the most fulfilling things you do, and you will be a force for change in our community.

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How Do Bigs And Littles Get Matched?

Common Interests

We spend time getting to know volunteers and kids to make a good match and lasting friendship. Do you both like sports, music or reading? We look for things you have in common so you will have a good basis to develop a friendship.

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How Do I Become A Mentor?

Community

There are many ways to get involved with us! Here are a few: Follow us on social media, advocate for us through your networks, make a donation or provide in-kind support, help beautify Camp Oty'Okwa to prepare for campers, or sponsor a school supply drive or third party event.

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Still Have Some Questions?

Please get in touch if you want more information. We want to talk to you!

From Our Community

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Big Brother Andrew Wehr and Little Brother Kion have been matched for 8 years, and they have both benefited from the mentoring relationship. To support matches like Kion and Andrew - or to volunteer - message us or visit ow.ly/oGJp30hG7qQ. #OurBigStories #BBBSCentralOH ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Big Brothers Big Sisters hopes that MLK's life inspires you to make a difference. Today is the perfect day to make the decision to mentor a child. Just message us or visit: ow.ly/6t9D30hyNYJ
#BBBSCentralOH #BecomeABig
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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Big Brothers Big Sisters hopes that MLKs life inspires you to make a difference. Today is the perfect day to make the decision to mentor a child. Just message us or visit: http://ow.ly/6t9D30hyNYJ 
#BBBSCentralOH #BecomeABig

Check this out! City Barbecue is ALL about FUNdraising! If you visit the Westerville location with this flyer on your phone or in your hand, 25% of proceeds will go to helping our mission! So head to City Barbecue Monday, January 15th and enjoy some barbecue! #BBBSCentralOH ... See MoreSee Less

Check this out! City Barbecue is ALL about FUNdraising! If you visit the Westerville location with this flyer on your phone or in your hand, 25% of proceeds will go to helping our mission! So head to City Barbecue Monday, January 15th and enjoy some barbecue! #BBBSCentralOH

Helping Bigs & Littles develop strong relationships is the life work of Program Coordinator Ida Williams, who has been a BBBS staff member for over 25 years and helped countless kids succeed! Message us or visit ow.ly/Qo4530hyKmT to volunteer. #OurBigStories #BBBSCentralOH ... See MoreSee Less

Alumni Littles like Jimmy Galvan attribute much of their success to their participation in Big Brothers Big Sisters. You, too, can give back by becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister. Message us or visit ow.ly/w2wX30hlWok. And please help us spread the word! #OurBIGStories #BBBSCentralOH ... See MoreSee Less

#ThrowbackThursday at Camp Oty'Okwa! Here are 2 pictures of campers over 50 years apart! Big Brothers Big Sisters' Camp Oty'Okwa has been a second home for thousands of kids over the years, and we are so happy to continue to serve through the camp's opportunities. #BBBSCentralOH ... See MoreSee Less

#ThrowbackThursday at Camp OtyOkwa! Here are 2 pictures of campers over 50 years apart! Big Brothers Big Sisters Camp OtyOkwa has been a second home for thousands of kids over the years, and we are so happy to continue to serve through the camps opportunities. #BBBSCentralOH