Be proud that your participation will have a direct and positive effect on the young people of Island County!
For over 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County is a non-profit agency serving children throughout Whidbey Island, and dedicated to making meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”).
Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a system of ongoing evaluation and support which is proven by independent studies to help families by improving the odds that “Littles” will perform better in school and avoid violence and illegal activities, and have stronger relationships with their parents and others.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County has served nearly 3300 children since the agency began serving youth in July of 1999. We believe that a caring adult role model is one of the best preventative tools in existence. Independent studies done on the Big Brother Big Sister program have shown the effectiveness of the program.
Our program serves over 200 children annually in one-to-one mentoring relationships. Still there is much work to be done. Our current wait list contains approximately 50 children. It is our goal to provide this life enriching experience to each and every one of them.
The Festival of Trees is a major fundraiser for our organization. Our program serves youth throughout Island County. The funds from this event help insure that matches are created and maintained in a safe and supportive environment.