Defending the Potential of Island County Youth


Bowl for kids' sake 2020 - POSTPONED

Join Us & Make a Brighter Future

Currently, Bowl for Kids' Sake 2020 has been postponed until later this year. With the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, many schools, offices, and large events have been impacted.

 As of March 16th, the national government and the CDC limited group gatherings to 10 people. Our venue, Oak Bowl & Mario’s Pizza, has followed that direction and closed their doors for business to prevent the spread of the disease in our community. This situation is progressing rapidly, and we honor and respect these decisions. We are committed to doing our part to help protect our staff, attendees and fellow community members.   

DON'T WORRY! We are taking it day-by-day to see how everything progresses and will work to establish our new plan for this event to take place later this year. More information will be presented in the coming weeks with additional details. Teams are still welcome to register online and fundraise for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County - the website won't be shut down. Stay safe and healthy everyone! We will see you soon!

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just for Bowl for Kids' Sake! 

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About Us


Together We Are Defenders of Potential

 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County provides peer mentorship by matching volunteers and youth in our community. These one to one relationships have proved to be a positive life impact on not only our youth but the volunteers who so graciously volunteer their time!

Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children realize their potential and build the foundation for a successful future. We nurture children and strengthen our communities.


How It Started

In 1999 we started as a grassroots organization with a vision to improve the lives of children in our community.

For two years prior to the opening of our agency, community and board members raised funds and began the strenuous task of meeting the national standards put forth by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. It was tough work, but we were driven by our mission.

Since our beginning, we have strived to create matches and improve our programs for the betterment of our community.


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.


Our Programs

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Serving our Community


Our Programs


Community-Based matches meet in the community or in the Little’s home for activities based on the interest's and needs of the little. We ask that the matches meet three to four times a month for at least an hour at a time.



School-Based matches meet one hour each week at the Little's school to work on assignments, have lunch, go to recess, and help with social skills.

Serving our Community

Volunteer to become a Big

Serving our Community


Start Something Big

Our volunteers are carefully screened by our staff of professionals. They also provide training, ongoing support, resources and activities for our matches to enjoy.

"Be who you needed when

  you were growing up".

Volunteer to become a Big

Volunteer to become a Big

Volunteer to become a Big


Enroll Today! It’s easier than you think

You don’t need experience or special training, money or a degree – you just need to be yourself and have fun. Once you’re enrolled, you’ll spend time with your Little on a regular basis and build a friendship. It’s as simple as that!

Your time and commitment can leave a lasting impression on a child and help them build a foundation for a successful future.



Camp Arnold 2020 Cancelled

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Enroll your child today.

As a parent, you recognize the potential of your child better than anyone. By giving your child the opportunity to be part of Big Brothers Big Sisters, you’re starting them down a path to a brighter, more promising future.

Camp Arnold 2020 Cancelled

Camp Arnold 2020 Cancelled

Camp Arnold 2020 Cancelled


 This was not an easy decision to reach as summer is the primary purpose of our camp.  With COVID-19 affecting our staff from around the world and the unknown that faces us in the upcoming months it seemed in the best interest of everyone to cancel.  We will look forward with you toward a brighter tomorrow and an exciting summer program in 2021.  We will be keeping our summer camper families in prayer over these next months as we know many of you will have been hit hard by the recent changes in work and economy.  God bless you.


Camp Arnold 2020 Cancelled

Camp Arnold 2020 Cancelled


Learn the FAQ's

Want to learn a little more? Feel free to roam our FAQ's page. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to reach out!

Contact Us

Better yet, see us in person!

We'd love to see you, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County

913 E Whidbey Ave, Oak Harbor, Washington 98277

(360) 279-0644


Monday - Thursday: 

9am - 5pm


By Appointment Only

Drop us a line!


Help Our Cause

As a non-profit, we rely on grants and donations in order to provide quality service and professional support to our matches. Each match requires an investment of more than $1,200 a year. Your generous donation will fund our mission.

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