​As National Volunteer Month comes to a close, it is important that we continue to celebrate the work of local volunteers and promote the importance of volunteer service in our communities throughout the year.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties is a volunteer-driven organization with over 700 mentors dedicating themselves as role models to children in our program. Our volunteer mentors, also known as “Bigs”, encourage children to thrive and succeed in their everyday lives by providing individualized attention and guidance that every child needs. BBBSMMC would not be where it is today without our volunteers and I thank them for their commitment.

BBBSMMC provides 1-to-1 mentoring for youth ages 6-18, also known as “Littles” in the program, through our Community, School, and Beyond School Walls Programs. By placing children in a quality mentoring relationship, we provide them with the tools they need to be competent, confident, and caring members of their community. Each time we pair a child with a Big Brother or Big Sister, a new relationship is formed that will be built on trust and a new friendship will blossom into a future of unlimited potential.

Currently, we have over 60 children who are waiting to be matched with their own Big Brother or Big Sister. In as little as 4-6 hours per month, you can mentor a child and empower them to become a strong young adult capable of reaching their life’s goals. Our Littles often continue on to become leaders in their own right, elevating other individuals around them.

While the BBBS mentorship program does not last forever, the relationship you foster with your Little can last a lifetime. Giving these children good role models teaches them to explore beyond their comfort zone while knowing that there will always be someone there to support them.

National Volunteer Month does not have to be limited to April alone. You can live the ideals and values that this month carries by becoming a Big for BBBSMMC. Being a mentor is an enriching experience that touches many lives beyond your own. Give your time and apply to be a Big by at bbbsmmc.org/apply-now. The life you change just might be your own.


William Salcedo
Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties

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