Erica Blanding, Program Manager

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampton Roads

500 East Main St Suite 1540

Norfolk VA 23510

(757) 392-5155


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

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”) in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.


What if every child fulfilled their potential? Think of how amazing that would be. Now, you have the opportunity to start more children on the path to big things by joining the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampton Roads mentoring team!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampton Roads is seeking adult volunteers to be caring, consistent and compassionate mentors. Mentors go to a local middle school to provide one-to-one individualized time and attention to a military affiliated student. Bigs and Littles are matched based on shared interests and compatible personalities. For one hour per week you and your Little will spend time reading, working on art projects, playing games, or just enjoying quality time talking to reach goals. In just one hour a week you can be a positive role model, provide valuable support and encouragement, and give your Little the invaluable gift of your friendship. You will receive professional coaching to ensure that both you and your Little have a successful match.

To be a mentor, you must pass a background check, complete the application and orientation process and commit to mentoring 1 hour per week between the hours of 8am-3pm. You are also encouraged to keep in contact with your Little during the summer and/or retain the match the following school year.

If you would like to be a Big, contact our office for additional information and/or begin the enrollment process. Volunteer interviews begin May 2015 for the 2015-2016 school year.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampton Roads:

Erica Blanding at 757-230-6370 or


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