You should! I think you'd do a great job and if you've experienced it yourself then hopefully you know what a difference it can make!
I don't really have much new to add. I went through the interview.
They asked about my childhood and family situation. Asked about my living situation - do I have pets, firearms, alcohol, drugs, anything dangerous in the home.
Then they asked about what type of child I'd like to be paired up with (or not paired up with). I wasn't really too specific. I don't think I have an age preference. A younger child would probably be cuter and easier to entertain but an older child would probably need a mentor more. I did indicate that I'd rather not have a child that's hyper. I'm more of a laid back person and can barely entertain myself for 2 hours let alone entertain someone else! Also told them I'd rather not be paired up with a child that has any history of animal abuse but then I kind of took it back. I thought maybe I could teach the child a greater appreciation for animals. I told her a vegetarian would be perfect because then we'd have something in common right off. I doubt that would be very easy for them to find though.
It took about an hour but the lady who interviewed me was really nice, I didn't mind it at all. Anyway, she told me it would be about two weeks before they'd have a match. Monday was two weeks so I should be hearing from them any day. My boss told me they called him on Monday (I put him down as a reference) but he hadn't called them back. He said he was going to yesterday but who knows.
I guess the next step is they call and tell me about the child and tell the child and/or his parent(s) about me. If it sounds good to each of us then we meet at the child's house with someone from the BB/BS office and the parent's present. She also said they tell the parents they have the option of seeing where I live (since their child may spend time here). If that goes well then I can start picking up the child each week. I can't wait!
I feel great about this and I would really love to see more VB
'ers do this! *hint hint* All they ask is that you be willing to make a year's commitment and that you try to spend time each week or every other week with the child. If it's every other week then they'd like for you to spend twice as long with them. I think they said 10-12 hours a month.
Really once you're paired up the BB/BS office doesn't seem to have much involvement. She said they plan group activities 3-4 times a year. Around here she said they'd go to Six Flags, a Cardinals game, stuff like that. And I think they check with the bigs and the child and/or parent(s) every few months to see if things are working out and if there are any questions or concerns.
Anyway, it's been forever since I've made a post this long!
I'll post more when I hear from them, hopefully it'll be soon!