Bigs with Badges

The Bigs with Badges program is built on the belief that trust and understanding in a community are developed one relationship at a time. A badged professional who volunteers to be part of Bigs with Badges will be matched with a child facing adversity in the community. Many children see badged professionals solely as authority figures, not as regular people. Bigs with Badges will not only enable youth to bond with caring, supportive professionals, but will also enable professionals to get to know the community they serve.

All professionals in the fire departments, sheriff’s offices, and emergency response agencies in Southwest Virginia are invited to make a difference in a child’s life by becoming a Big. Bigs with Badges volunteers can participate in any mentoring program in the service area they reside.

Participate in Bigs with Badges

Are you a Public Service officer? We invite you to be a part of  Bigs with Badges. Our Bigs with Badges can participate in any program in our service area (Roanoke, Salem, and Pulaski County). Each Big with Badge is matched based on compatibility to children who have opted-in to the Bigs with Badges program. For more information about the programs available to Bigs with Badges, please click on the buttons that correspond with your community. For more information about Bigs with Badges, contact Beth Reedy at or 540-345-9604. 

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


Thank you to our Sponsors!

The Bigs with Badges program would not be possible without our dedicated program sponsors. Thank you for investing in the lives of children in your community.

Program Sponsor

Badge Sponsor


Gold Sponsors


Silver Blue Sponsor

Blue Sponsors