The purpose of United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg is to mobilize people, multiply investments, and maximize opportunities so people learn more, earn more and lead safe and healthy lives.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters offers professionally-supported, one-to-one mentoring services to children of the metropolitan Richmond area and the Tri-Cities areas of Petersburg, Hopewell and Colonial Heights. Mentoring is provided by volunteers (ages 18 and older) who commit to mentor a youth (ages 6-18) through regular contact and activities three to four times per month for a 12-month commitment. The agency recruits, screens, trains, and supports the mentoring relationship.

Program Supported by the United Way Community Fund:

Big Brothers Big Sisters recruits, screens, trains, and supports adult volunteers who are then matched with children in need of one-to-one mentoring relationships with caring, committed, positive role models. During “match” meetings, volunteers and children do activities designed to strengthen the Little Brother’s or Sister’s internal assets. These assets are defined through input from the child, his or her parents, and a counselor or teacher when appropriate, and are agreed upon by the volunteer and child at the onset of the match. Most importantly, the volunteer and child work on becoming life-long friends.