Big Brothers Big Sisters
The success and betterment of Houston area families and children is a top priority for Mattress Mack and Gallery Furniture. For this reason, we are partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston to help connect disadvantaged Houston area children with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships with trusted mentors that will change their lives for the better, forever.
To inquire about becoming a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston, please fill out the form below:
In the Greater Houston area, there are currently over 900 children waiting on a mentor. These children and their families independently approach Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) because the child has decided they would like a mentor and has expressed this wish to their family. These families reach out to BBBS to act as the facilitator of the mentor-child relationship because the children do not simply need a mentor, they and their families hope for one.
BBBS only matches mentors with children in one-to-one relationships and does not provide group mentoring sessions or events. This allows for the child and adult to build honest and open friendships where real trust and guidance can be established.
Every mentor-child match made across programs is assigned a degreed match support specialist who checks in with the adult and child each month to ensure the match is progressing successfully. These degreed match support specialists present themselves as a resource for any and all situations that may arise during the mentor-child relationship.
Gallery Furniture and BBBS are calling for volunteers to become mentors, or “Bigs”, for the over 600 boys and 200 girls in the greater Houston area who are in need of the guidance and friendship that these relationships provide.
Male mentors are BBBS’s most difficult demographic to recruit and men of color are the most difficult within that need. The over 600 boys waiting to be matched with a mentor are disproportionately African American and most have stated that they would prefer a mentor of the same race.
These statistics have inspired Gallery Furniture to offer incentives for individuals in the Houston area who sign up as mentors through BBBS. Please read below to learn more about the program options and the requirements and incentives for becoming a BBBS mentor.
In order to become a mentor you must:
- Be a caring, positive person who wants to have fun
- Be 18 years or older
- Be able to commit to at least one year
- Have a vehicle and proof of auto insurance
- Have a current Driver’s License
Gallery Furniture is offering a $500 GF gift certificate to each individual who successfully completes mentor enrollment and completes the minimum requirement of 2 sessions per month for 2-3 months. Additionally, Gallery Furniture is offering a $250 GF certificate every 3 months to those who remain an active mentor and will hold a drawing every 3 months for mentors to receive another $500 GF gift certificate.
BIG BROTHER BIG SISTER MENTOR PROGRAM OPTIONS:
A Big meets with a Little 2-4 times a month throughout the school year during a non-core class, extended lunch break or after school. Bigs and Littles work on homework together, play games, throw a ball around, or simply share stories with one another.
A mentor is paired with a high school student at select partner schools. Mentoring takes place each week during the school year through online communication on our proprietary platform complemented with pre-scheduled in-person events every 4 to 6 weeks. mentor2.0 is more flexible on the mentor’s schedule and designed to help students graduate high school prepared for the future.
A Big is matched with a Little ages 6-14 with the commitment to see each other two to four times per month for a couple hours. Matches spend time together in the local community and plan their own outings, based on activities they like to do, such as playing catch, reading books, or getting ice cream.
We encourage you to visit http://www.bbbstx.org/houston/get-involved/be-a-big/#faq1 where you can read Frequently Asked Question’s about BBBS and find the program which best suits you.
Thank you for your interest in mentoring a disadvantaged child in the Greater Houston area through Big Brothers Big Sisters. A representative from BBBS will contact you soon. Your compassion for the needs of Houston's children is truly appreciated by Mattress Mack, Gallery Furniture and BBBS. God bless you!
Thank you for your interest in mentoring a disadvantaged child in the Greater Houston area through Big Brothers Big Sisters. A representative from BBBS will contact you soon.Your compassion for the needs of Houston's children is truly appreciated by Mattress Mack, Gallery Furniture and BBBS. God bless you!