Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Heart of Georgia, Inc.

Rating: 4.89 stars   27 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: 777 Walnut Street Macon GA 31201 USA

Mission: The mission of the agency is to provide positive, supportive relationships in the lives of children and youth, through professionally supported one-to-one relationships between caring adults and children.
Programs: To match kids with positive role models who provide meaningful friendships and share fun experiences. We serve school age children at risk of failure or delinquency. We target children of incarcerated parents, children at risk of truancy, and children of hispanic heritage to provide positive adult role models to help the children succeed in life.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a big sister to two girls ages 14 and 9 plus two boys ages 13 and 10. They are in the same family. We spend a lot of time going to museums and parks. We discuss what they want their futures to be. The two oldest are discussing colleges and what they need to do to be successful. I have known these kids 8 years and they have truly become family. I also help with extra curricular activities as well.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

Big Brothers and Big Sisters is a wonderful program for both the mentee and the mentor. I have been a mentor for several years now and I never fail to be blessed by the experiences I have with my Little. I have learned that being a mentor means being accountable and be available because the Littles depend on it and on you. I feel enriched and happy that I am able to touch another person's life as much as they touch mine. I can't wait to see my Little in the fall!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been with my little for approximately five years; he is currently 15 years old. I've always dreamed of being able to give back to the community and Big Brothers Big Sisters is one program that truly allows me to serve today. Together my little and I have experienced obstacles in daily life and by working together have realized we can work through them. This journey has taught me a lot about myself and it's truly amazing what I've learned from my little. If one is wondering how they can make a difference in their community and a child's life; then Big Brothers Big Sisters is highly recommended. Today's youth hold the keys to our future. Cloyd Hall Jr. Macon, GA

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My first Little was four years old when we were matched. At one point, I had 3 Littles - a teenager, a pre-teen, and a first grader. It was amazing how well they bonded and helped each other out. My experiences have been mixed. Two have aged out and the one that I have left will be entering high school this fall. I have truly benefitted more form this experience than they have. I've watched them grow and mature into young men. One is now married with a son. One is at a crossroads of determining what to make of himself-a decision he has to make. My last Little is an honor student, engaged now with summer practice for football. College is a definite in his future plans. BBBS afforded me this opportunity to be a part of their lives thereby enriching mine.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have served on the Board and as a Big to three Littles at one time! I can attest to the fact that this organization has helped many children in this area. Being from Gray, Georgia, I was here at the inception of the program at the Jones County High School. Being in close proximity to Gray Elementary, it was a natural fit for high schoolers to walk to Gray Elementary to serve as Bigs. This program is a success.

Now, I am down to one Little and I still depend on the guidance and help from the staff.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

matching high school mentors to elementary students who look forward to the bonding and association with the students from Jones County High School.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see the school program expanded to other elementary schools in the district.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Big Brother Big Sister of Bibb County is a great organization! The employees there are a hard-working team that will go out of their way to accommadate volunteers and their "Littles." When I first began volunteering, employees came to my office to supply me with information and offer encouragement to me as a first-time volunteer.

This is a fun way to volunteer and make a positive impact in the lives of a child/children. It is fairly easy to volunteer during the time(s) most convenient for your personal schedule, and it's fun getting to know kids in the community. Also, BB/BS does a great job of offering fun group activities for volunteers and their Littles to bring you together with others in the community.

BB/BS is a great nonprofit org. that deserves everyone's support!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Macon, GA.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Advertise more to the local area so that more people are aware of its services and availability.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have been teaching for 4 years and have seen the positive impact that the mentors have had on my students. The change was so positive, that this year I decided to become a mentor myself. I love beign a part of someone's live that could benefit from our time spent together. This is a wonderful program and anyone who has the time should sign up and become a mentor!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The students in my class have shown change as well as my mentee.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think that the organization is doing a good job. I hope that more males start volunteering their time and services.

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Rating: 5 stars  

BBBS is serious about serving the youth and the communities where they live. Mentors are an important contributor to the lives of many at-risk youth. BBBS makes sure that the mentoring process is thorough - it fully involves local school systems, mentors, youth and their families - as well as other community organizations. Thanks to BBBS and their dedication to identifying, matching, and follow-up - many local youth benefit from the additional guidance and support of dedicated mentors!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own community

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make more people aware of the program.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

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Rating: 5 stars  

Big Brothers Big Sisters is truely a wonderful organization to be a part of. As a volunteer I can see the difference in my little. He has come a long ways from when we first met 3 years ago. His grades have improved, his relationships with other children and adults and his maturity has greatly improved. He is an inspiration to me as much as I am to him. We share a lot together and work through the tough times and questions that arise. Thanks to Big Brothers Big SIsters I have had the chance to make a positive difference in someones life. He is my first little and I do want more. Absolutely one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Everything I do, being a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters has really changed my outlook on the world and now I recieve a great deal of satisfaction from participating in this wonderful experience.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I really cannot see any changes that need to be made. I feel the program is fairly well structured.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I am extremely pleased with my current experience. I see little need to change at the moment.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, a very positive effect!!! It changed the way I see the world everyday and made me realize that I can make a difference in the lives of kids just by doing this.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Better than every and I continue to feed on the positive energy this opportunity affords me!!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a big sister with BBBS Middle Georgia for almost 5 years. I started in the program as a school based mentor to only one little. When it was time for school to end for the the school year I couldn't imagine not interacting with my little throughout the summer so I became a community based mentor. My little has a twin sister so I picked her sister up during the summer as well and although the twin already had a big sister I have remained a big sister to both. It is truly a pleasure to be a big sister to these girls, there is such a sense of joy that comes over me when I am with my littles. To be able to put a smile on a child's face that has no blood or other relation to you is phenomenal. One of the best memories that I have was during the first year of mentoring and CRCTs (standardized testing) were coming up. My little was so excited about the upcoming exams, she wrote me a note to tell me me that she knew that she would do well on the CRCTs because I had been helping her.

Having positive influences in the lives of children that could possibly go down the "wrong path" will make all the difference to them, beyond anything you could ever imagine.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By the smiles on my little's faces.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

NONE

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a Big Sister with this organization for 9 years now. I am impressed with the professionalism of the staff, leadership and the program. I was matched with an at risk 5 year old that was perfect for me. She is now 14 and she is excelling in school, marching band, and very active in church. Big Brother Big Sisters of the Heart of GA has a lot of activities for the children and checks on our match many times a year to ensure things are going fine. Overall, I would highly recommend that others become mentors with this organization and contribute to this organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The emotional health and success in school of my mentee and my husband's mentee. Neither one of them has had children, dropped out of school or is involved with drugs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like this organization to obtain more funds so they can provide mentors to more at risk children.

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