FAQ's

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Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if I can’t commit to every scheduled outing?
What are examples of typical match outings?
What are the ways I can refer family and friends to become Bigs?
Other ways to get involved?
What programs do you offer and what are the time commitments?
Any resources for Bigs?
What resources to Bigs have access to?
Me? A Big?
What’s in it for me?
Who are the Little Brothers and Little Sisters?
How do I know I’ll get along with this child?
Can I really do this?
I don’t know much about kids — is that OK?
How much is this going to cost me?
I don’t have a car. Is that OK?
Is it useful if I speak a foreign language?
Where can I volunteer?
How far will I have to travel?
When do I meet with my Little?
What if I’m a college student?
Does BBBSEM work with members of the LGBTQ+ community?
Do you make cross-gender matches, for example matching boys with women volunteers?
Am I able to ask for a match with a child of any specific ethnicity, language or national origin?
What sort of background checks do you do?
Can I volunteer even if I have a criminal record?