Big Buddy FAQ
What are the requirements to become a Big Buddy?
- Live in the Roaring Fork Valley for 1 year
- For our Community Program and School-based Program, you must be 21 years or older. If you are a high school student, contact your School Counselor to get involved in our Peer-to-Peer Program
- Ability to maintain commitment and consistent contact for a minimum of one year
- No illegal drug use, or history of drug or alcohol abuse in the past two years
- For more information, refer to the Volunteer Guidelines
What are some characteristics of successful Big Buddies?
- Commitment / Consistency
- Good listening skills
- Ability to cope with challenging issues
- Ability to set boundaries
- Sense of humor
- Confidence / Maturity
- Desire to have fun and to MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
What are the benefits of being a Big Buddy?
- Opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life
- Become involved in the community on a higher-level
- Free Group Activities with your Little Buddy
- Discount Program providing significant discounts at over 30 local businesses
What is the time commitment?
- Meet 3 to 4 times a month, for a minimum of one year. (Community Program)
- Meet weekly for 30-60 minutes, for a minimum of one school year. (School-based Program)
How does the application process work, and how long does it take?
- Step 1: Review our website and talk to our Recruitment Manager to figure out which program is best suited for you
- Step 2: Fill out a Big Buddy Application Form given to you from a staff member
- Step 3: A Case Manager will call you to schedule an in-person interview at the Buddy Program office.
- Step 4: The Buddy Program will conduct 2 criminal background checks:
- Fingerprint search with Colorado Bureau of Investigation
- National background screening through Intellicorp
(The total amount is $80.15. We ask all volunteer applicants to make a contribution to help offset the cost of this screening process. The suggested donation is $25 or up to the full amount).
- Step 5: Your Case Manager will make three telephone reference calls and ask for three letters of reference. These letters can be filled out online or emailed to the Case Managers.
- Step 6: All of our Big Buddies are asked to attend a training session before they begin with their Little Buddy and one follow-up training after the first year. The trainings are very thorough and provide the opportunity to answer any further questions or concerns. Your Case Manager will send you an email to let you know when and where the training is taking place.
- Step 7: Pairing! Once a volunteer has been interviewed, screened, and trained, our Case Managers will pair them with a Little Buddy. Buddies are paired based on interests, age and gender.
The application process generally takes 6 – 8 weeks. Variables include the length of time needed to process the background checks, the ability to reach references and the volunteer’s ability to attend the training.
What kind of support can I expect from the Buddy Program once I get matched?
You will have a professional Case Manager who will check in with you weekly after you are matched, then bi-monthly with both you and your Little Buddy’s family after the first month. Your Case Manager will be there every step of the way!