Did you know that Big Brothers Big Sisters offers a volunteer experience for couples?
The Big Couple program is a traditional mentoring match with a twist. One couple and one child build a life-changing friendship. Together, they work together toward goals like high school graduation and beyond.
Big Couples are matched with a Little Brother, spending time with him together or on their own. It allows ultimate flexibility for couples juggling work and other commitments.
Angelov, a Riverside Unified School District board member, and Veselina, a development specialist, were looking for ways to give back to the community that would work with their busy schedules. They became a Big Couple to 9-year-old Little Brother Tiyon in May 2017 and see each other a couple times a month on weekends.
“My wife and I are proud to be a Big Couple,” Angelov said when talking about his involvement in the program for a Riverside Unified School District recruitment campaign. “Our favorite experience with our Little was a hike up Mt. Rubidoux. He had never been on a hike before. His whole mindset and how he viewed it as an adventure … was very empowering for him.”
Similar to the traditional program, Big Couples spend time with their Little a few hours twice a month, for a minimum of one year.