Your time today impacts their tomorrow.


Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most fulfilling ways you can give back to your community and an excellent volunteer opportunity in Dane County, Wisconsin. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering them to achieve their full potential. The best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun.

Our Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Big Couples, and Big Families are everyday people just like you. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do and learn how to do new things together. Play sports together. Go on a hike. Read books. Eat a pizza with extra anchovies. Or just give some advice and inspiration. Whatever it is you enjoy, odds are you’ll enjoy them even more with your Little. Plus, you'll make a life-changing impact and your life will be changed, too.

We're here to help you every step of the way. View a full list of commonly asked questions to get the information you need.


Here are our program requirements to become a Big:

  • You must be 18+ to be a mentor in our virtual-based program and 21+ to be a mentor in our community-based program
  • You must be able to give a 2-year requirement and be able to see a child 2-4 times a month
  • You must pass a local, state, and criminal background check process
  • You must have a valid driver's license and car insurance


Becoming a Big isn’t the only way you can get involved. You can also show support for children in your community by volunteering at one of our many events.  With so many opportunities, you are sure to find one that matches your interests and busy schedule.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Whether you get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County as a Big, Little, donor, or advocate, you have the power to change a child's future for the better.