Roanoke Programs

Be a Big in one of our Roanoke mentoring programs.

Community Based Program

Discover the kid in yourself again! In this program, volunteers and Community Based Programchildren are matched in a one-to-one relationship and see each other at least every other week for an outing in the community.  The time, place, and activity are mutually agreed upon between the volunteer and the family.  The activities might include going to the park, playing basketball, visiting the library, baking cookies, or just spending time talking together.  The volunteer is responsible for transporting the child to and from the child’s home for the outing.

Commitment:  One year with a minimum of bi-weekly visits.

Age requirement to volunteer:  18

To volunteer as a Community Based Big in your community, fill out the form below. We will be in touch with more information about becoming a Big.

Oliver Hill Mentoring Program

Oliver Hill Mentoring Program is named in honor of Oliver W. Hill, a Roanoke native and civil rights attorney at the forefront of public school desegregation. His values of equality and education are the core principles of the Oliver Hill Mentoring Program. In this program, volunteers and children are matched in one-to-one relationships and visit with each other for one hour weekly at the Oliver Hill house, located at 401 Gilmer Ave in Roanoke. During this hour, the match activities might include playing board games, visiting the library, doing homework, taking part in special interest programs, or simply hanging out and talking. Visits are scheduled on a set day and time.



Location:
401 Gilmer Ave NW
Roanoke, VA 24016

Commitment: One year, one hour weekly.

Age requirement to volunteer: 18

To volunteer as an Oliver Hill Big in your community, fill out the form below. We will be in touch with more information about becoming a Big.

School Based Program

Bring back memories and return to school for one hour each week! In this program, volunteers and children are matched in one-to-one relationships and visit with each other for one hour weekly during the regular school day at a local elementary school. Visits are scheduled on a set day/time each week. During this hour, the match activities might include eating lunch together, playing Monopoly, reading together, playing outside, doing homework, or hanging out and talking. Please note that you must be able to travel to an elementary school during the school day (8:00-2:00) and visit with a child for an hour.

Commitment: one school year, one hour weekly.

Age requirement to volunteer: 16


To volunteer as a School Based Big in your community, fill out the form below. We will be in touch with more information about becoming a Big.

Outdoor Explorers Mentoring Program

Do you love the outdoors? Would you like to have a positive impact on the life of a child facing adversity in our community? The Outdoor Explorers Mentoring Program is for you!

Bigs and Littles in this program will meet for an outdoor event once a month, allowing the Little to have access to outdoor activities in all four seasons. Each season requires different skills, tools, and knowledge; exposing children to different obstacles and opportunities throughout the year will give them a deeper understanding of outdoor education. Roanoke’s gorgeous outdoor locations will offer a beautiful backdrop for creating meaningful mentoring relationships.

This program is currently full. We will open enrollment for this program in February of 2018.

To be added to the Outdoor Explorers Mentoring Program waitlist, please fill out the form below.