About

About

Changing perspectives. Changing lives.

Since 1969, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As part of the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, we make meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6-18, living in Washington County. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

Mission: provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Vision: all children achieve success in life.

Behind this agency is a vast group of caring individuals who bring our mission to life. Parents and guardians who put their trust in us as they place their children in our program. Teachers who identify potential Littles. Principals and educational administrators who value our involvement. Volunteer Bigs who give their time and energy, and in doing so, find they get as much back as they give. Skilled, talented, staff who create and support quality Match relationships. Donors, whose generosity supports our organization and its expansion. Partners who share our ideals and believe in our vision. Board members and leaders at every level who open doors, and pave the way for our truly collective accomplishments. We are all part of something big.

Our Programs Start Something

Here’s the proof. National research has shown that positive relationships between Littles and their Bigs have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives. By participating in our programs, Little Brothers and Sisters are:

  • more confident in their schoolwork performanceMm_Wb_benchskate
  • able to get along better with their families
  • 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
  • 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
  • 52% less likely to skip school.1
  • 1Tierney, J.P., Grossman, J.B., and Resch, N.L. (1995) Making a Difference: An Impact Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Philadelphia: Public/Private Ventures