Volunteer Application | COMMUNITY PROGRAM

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Non-Discrimination Policy

Our participants come to us with a wide range of personal characteristics. We believe that participant eligibility shall be determined without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, immigration status, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or disability. 

Program Information
Welcome to the "BIG" online application!

As a Big in the Community Program, you will be matched with a child aged 8 to 16 years old who shares similar interests and is located nearby.

Your role as a Big is to be a friend, coach, and caring adult. We recommend meeting with your Little 1-4 times a month, spending at least 4 hours together.

We encourage Bigs and Littles to commit to a year-long relationship, but many matches choose to continue for several years with our support.

We offer structured/sponsored events and encourage free-to-low cost activities. While we provide ideas through our social media and monthly newsletter, the activities you do with your Little require prior approval from the Parent/Guardian.

All Matches are supported by a team of BBBS Staff, providing you with a specialist to answer questions, assist with goal setting, offer advice, and suggest meaningful activities for your mentoring relationship.

As a caring and careful organization, we have administrative requirements, including background checks, motor vehicle records, and proof of auto insurance.

The application process takes around 20 minutes and is the first step to becoming a Big!

Serving Massachusetts Communities In Central Mass & Metrowest Areas
Hidden Fields

Please review and submit accurate information, including birthdate and full names without abbreviations.
Basic Information

Please provide your Full Middle Name - No initials or abbreviations. Write N/A if you do not have a middle name.

input NA if none


Child safety is our priority. We request and require all applicants to submit this information to run national and state background checks. No dashes.

Why? Your answers help us better understand the communities we serve. This information is not used to determine acceptance into our programs.

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File can be a screenshot, PDF, or picture

We will ask for you to send us proof of auto insurance as you progress through the enrollment process. Please have your insurance declaration page available to send when requested. Thank you!
Contact Information
  • In addition to contacting you regarding the enrollment process, our program requires that volunteers be available to communicate with a staff member once a month to complete match support. 

  • Please  provide reliable forms of communication and indicate your preferred method of communication

Example: Work phone if it is available for incoming calls.

Employer Information

Additional Information

Please list any counties and states that you have lived in aside from your current address in the past five years.

Please provide the name, age, and relationship to you for anyone else residing in your home.

Agency Weapons Policy

A Big who owns firearms or weapons and stores them at their residence or any other location will truthfully disclose this information to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest (BBBSCMMW). A firearm is defined as a weapon from which a shot it discharged by gunpowder. The Big must attest to the fact that any weapons, firearms, or ammunition ownership are licensed, permitted, registered, and handled in accordance with al the state and federal laws. The Big will lock firearms and weapons in a secure location whenever a Little is at or near the storage area. Ammunition will also be stored separately and be inaccessible to the Little. The Big will not carry a firearm while with their Little, regardless of whether the volunteer has a permit to carry a firearm. This includes no firearms in vehicles. 

References and Background Check

Previous Experience

Volunteer Experience

Please provide at least three references below including:
  • Your spouse or domestic partner OR a family member if you do not have a spouse, partner, or significant other.
  • Current or former employee or co-worker you have known for at least one year or someone from your school if you are a student
  • A friend or neighbor you have known for at least two years
Spousal/Familial Reference

Professional Reference

Minimum 1 year

Personal Reference

Minimum 2 years
Release of Information Authorization for Background Check
By my signature below, I hereby consent to the preparation by Sterling Volunteers, a consumer reporting agency located at 4511 Rockside Road, 4th Floor, Independence, OH 44131, 855-326-1820 Option 3, www.sterlingvolunteers.com, of background reports regarding me and the release of such reports to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central/Metrowest (BBBSCM) and its designated representatives, to assist BBBSCM in making an employment and/or volunteer/non-employee position decision involving me at any time after receipt of this authorization and throughout my employment and/or volunteer/non-employee position, to the extent permitted by law. To this end, I hereby authorize, without reservation, any state or federal law enforcement agency or court, educational institution, motor vehicle record agency, credit bureau or other information service bureau or data repository, or employer to furnish any and all information regarding me to Sterling Volunteers and/or BBBSCM itself, and authorize Sterling Volunteers to provide such information to BBBSCM. 

Background checks are renewed at a minimum of every three years.  
Release of Information Authorization of Driving Record from Massachusetts Department of Transportation Registry of Motor Vehicles
I authorize Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/MetroWest, Inc. ("BBBS" or the "Agency") to request my driving record from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Registry of Motor Vehicles.

I also give consent for the Agency to release my driving record to other interested parties, including insurance companies or agencies that provide insurance coverage to the Agency.

I understand that the Agency will use these records to evaluate my suitability for any driving duties related to my current position or the position for which I am applying.

Additionally, I consent to the review, evaluation, and use of any driving records or other motor vehicle records provided by me or others to the Agency.

This written consent satisfies all applicable Federal, State, or local laws regarding the release of driving records.

Disclosure of Non-Discriminatory Policy

I understand that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass and Metrowest is committed to the inclusion of all people, supporting all identities.

I acknowledge that Bigs and Littles will not be excluded from the program based on race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, or religious preference.

Match Support Specialists may try to accommodate matches based on similar affinities. However, except for matching like gender identities, which is currently a requirement, all Bigs and Littles may be matched with individuals who identify as members of any race, ethnicity, immigration status, sexual orientation, ability, or religious preference.

I recognize that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass and Metrowest prioritizes inclusion as a core value.

Application Acknowledgement

I acknowledge that this application for a volunteer opportunity with Big Brothers Big Sisters is not a promise or commitment.

I certify that all information I have provided or will provide in this application is true, accurate, and complete to the best of my knowledge. I have answered and will answer all questions to the best of my ability and have not withheld any information that could affect my volunteer application. I am aware that Big Brothers Big Sisters will verify the information provided. Any misrepresentations or omissions may lead to immediate rejection or termination as a volunteer.

During my involvement with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, I agree to promptly inform my contact person about any infractions, violations, charges, or convictions related to civil, domestic, or criminal matters. I agree to update the agency about any changes to the information provided during the enrollment process. I agree to complete questionnaires to evaluate and improve program services throughout my time in the program. I commit to timely communication and follow-up with all agency staff as required.

I fully understand and consent to these conditions as part of my application process for volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest.