Mentoring Changes Lives

Redefining what is possible for children in Central Oregon:  Matching professionally screened adult mentors (Bigs) and kids (Littles) to help shape a child’s future. 

Why Mentoring?

A mentor assures young people that someone cares, will be there through challenges, and help them see the strength in themselves. Mentoring has been shown to improve the futures of mentees through better grades, achievement of higher levels of education, and improved relationships. Essentially, young people with a mentor grow personally and have better social and economic opportunity than those who do not. Yet many kids in Central Oregon never have this opportunity.

For those who are mentoring, the experience not only offers the opportunity to have fun in our community and see the world through a youth's perspective, but builds leadership and management skills. It is an empowering way to touch the future.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon serves the Bend, Redmond, and Madras areas. We are a part of the nation’s largest mentoring network solely supported by donors and volunteers. Be someone who matters to someone who matters.  Please join us to make a difference in a child’s life.

Nominate a Big With A Badge

BBBSCO is thrilled to announce our Bigs with Badges Program.  Our goal is to match 10 children this summer with a mentor who is a badge wearing employee to help bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community.  If you are, or know a person who is in any type of law enforcement, a paramedic or is a  fire fighter, please nominate this potential Big online  or by calling 541-312-6047!


Comedy For Kids Sake 2018


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon’s Comedy for Kids’ Sake was a sweeping success!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon rolled out the red carpet for their 21st annual Comedy For Kids’ Sake, where Portland comedians Todd Armstrong and Tyler Boeh had the audience roaring with laughter. The event, featuring live and silent auctions, raised over $80,000 allowing the organization to match 80 kids with mentors next year!

Local radio personality and Big Brother Big Sisters of Central Oregon Advisory Board member Tracee Tuesday was the Master of Ceremonies, delighting the crowd with her warmth and wit. Auctioneer Steve Talbot, an entertainer in his own right, led the live auction which included trips to multiple destinations, Alaska Air tickets, and multi-donor packages including home improvement, a food truck frenzy, and the showstopper supply of beer, wine, and spirits.

With 90 auction items and 15 sponsors, community support from Central Oregon businesses made the event possible. Presenting media sponsors were Power 94, 21 Cares for Kids, Platinum Sponsors Hayden Homes and Lonza Pharma & Biotech. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon would like to thank everyone who attended, sponsored, and donated! 

Photos from the red carpet are available here.


Ashton Eaton's PSA

Our Mission

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

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