Volunteer Application | SITE BASED 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. 

Welcome: Site Program
Welcome to the "Big" online application!

Your role as a Big is to be a friend, coach, and caring adult. We request that you meet with your Little once a week at a designated site.

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

As an organization that values safety and care, we have administrative requirements, including background checks and references.

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


Hidden Fields

Basic Information

No abbreviation. Necessary for background check request.

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. If you are an international student, enter nine zeros.

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File can be a screenshot, PDF, or picture

Contact Information
  • In addition to contacting you regarding the enrollment process, our program requires that volunteers are available to communicate with a staff member once a month to provide match support. 

  • Please  provide reliable forms of communication.

COLLEGE STUDENTS: Please provide your Home Address as is in your license or state ID.

College Students: This is your home residence, not your campus move-in date

Note: If you are a college student, please submit your home address, not your school address.

COLLEGE STUDENTS: Please provide your Home Address as is in your license or state ID.

College Students: This is your home residence, not your campus move-in date

Employer Information

Students, please select "Employed" so that you can select "Student" in Occupation

Additional Information

References and Background Check

Previous Experience

Volunteer Experience

Please provide three references below, including:
  • A family member or partner 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
Please notify the references you provide that BBBSCM will be contacting them through email. 
If a reference does not respond, we will call. 
Applications will be incomplete without references. 
Spousal/Familial Reference

Professional Reference

Minimum 1 year
Personal Reference

Minimum 2 years
I consent and understand that:

- The references and youth-serving organizations I listed may be contacted through various means.
- I am not obligated to perform any volunteer services.
- The BBBS agency has the right to deny my application or close my match at any time, without disclosing reasons for doing so to protect confidentiality.
- Other BBBS agencies and youth organizations I have worked with may be contacted as references.
- The information I provide during the enrollment process will be kept confidential, unless required by law.
- Detailed accounts of child abuse or neglect, past or present, will be reported to proper authorities.

Pre-Interview Questionnaire

Prior to your in-person interview, please answer the questions below. The information you provide will also help us make a better match for you and assure we can support you during your involvement with our program. Please note that you will have an opportunity to discuss these questions and your responses more thoroughly during your in-person interview.  

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.  

Big Brothers Big Sisters acknowledges the popularity of online social networking platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, LinkedIn, and Blogs among our Bigs and Littles. While we understand the importance of personal communication, it's essential to remember that your role as a mentor goes beyond being just a friend.

Please be cautious when inviting or accepting invitations from your Little to a social networking site. If uncertain, contact your Match Support Specialist or postpone the invitation. If you decide to use social media with your Little, follow these guidelines related to your match and affiliation with BBBS:

  • Obtain approval from the parent/guardian or Match Support Specialist before engaging in online communication with or about your Little.
  • Never post pictures of your Little online without written consent from the child's parent/guardian, filed with BBBS.
  • Avoid using your Little's last name, their parent/guardian's name, or BBBS staff names in your posts.
  • Refrain from sharing any contact information or identifying details about your Little (e.g., home address, school, parent's workplace, etc.).
  • Set your page privacy settings to approve only selected people, including BBBS and the parent/guardian if you plan to post match-related content.
  • If unsure about posting something, consult your Match Support Specialist first.

Failure to adhere to these guidelines may lead to the termination of your match. 

Your role as a mentor is valued, and maintaining appropriate boundaries online is crucial to safeguarding privacy and fostering a healthy mentoring relationship.

Media Consent and Release

By signing this Consent and Release Form, I give irrevocable permission to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest (BBBSCMMW) to use my name, image, likeness, biographical information, audio/video recordings, writings, and artwork, in original or modified form, for various purposes, such as merchandise, advertising, publicity, marketing, fundraising, and more, in any printed or electronic media worldwide, without further consent, royalty, or compensation to me. I also grant BBBSA and its affiliates the right to use the Released Material in conjunction with other media and for lawful purposes indefinitely. I understand that all materials created by BBBSA and its affiliates using the Released Materials will be owned by BBBSA and its affiliates, and I cannot authorize their use by others. I relinquish any claims, demands, or liabilities related to BBBSA's use of the Released Materials and release BBBSA and its affiliates from any potential legal disputes.

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.