Programs & Services

Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County

Big Brothers Big Sisters recruits volunteers (Bigs) to be matched with children (Littles) in one-to-one mentoring relationships. The relationships are fun for both Bigs and Littles; fulfilling for the Bigs; and make a life-changing impact in the lives of the Littles. Bigs and Littles share activities that both enjoy – playing sports, going on a hike, visiting the library, cooking dinner. Or sometimes a Big just shares some advice and inspiration.

There is no cost to participate and no income guidelines. Children must be 6 – 17 years old and live in Portage County. Volunteers must be at least 18 and able to make a one year commitment for 12 hours per month.

An online Harris Interactive survey of alumni Little Brothers and Little Sisters founds that:

  • 77% reported doing better in school because of their Big.
  • 65% agreed their Big helped them reach a higher level of education than they thought possible.
  • 52% agreed their Big kept them from dropping out of high school.

*There is no cost for our program and there are no income guidelines for participation



  • Bowl for Kids’ Sake – fundraiser held annually, usually in December
  • Golf Outing – fundraiser held annually, the 4th Wednesday in July
  • Volunteer Appreciation/holiday dinner – event for matches held the first weekend of December
  • Various smaller fundraisers and match activities held throughout the year


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Parent Inquiry Form

Please fill out the form below to receive information about signing your child up as a Little Brother or Little Sister.

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Volunteer Inquiry form

Please fill out the form below to receive information about volunteering as a Big Brother or Big Sister.

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705 Oakwood St., suite 115
Ravenna, OH 44266
P: 330.296.6655


M-F 9:00 – 3:00*
*evenings by appointment


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