“The funds are used to provide quality, professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships to children in our community to help change their lives for the better, forever,” said Lindsey Jones, an operations assistant with Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio.
The organization pairs volunteers with children in their program and served 300 children in 2016 through their community and school-based mentoring programs.
“These relationships help children become independent, confident and successful young adults. Spending time with a child speaks to how important children are in our community,” Jones said. “The children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are less likely to do drugs, less likely to become violent and less likely to drop out of school.”
Bowl for Kids' Sake mixes fundraising with a social event. “People gather groups of 4-5 of their closest friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors, etcetera, to ask their contacts to sponsor by donating money towards their fundraising goals,” Jones said. “These teams then join us at the bowling alley of their choice on the event date we have scheduled to turn in their total raised, and we throw a bowling party to thank them for their hard work. We pay for the bowling, pizza and beverages.”
The event will be held over two days on March 10 from 5-7 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Atwood Lanes in Dellroy and on March 11 from noon to 2 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. at Boulevard Lanes in Dover, Alpa Lanes in Uhrichsville and Cy Young Lanes in Newcomerstown.
There are many ways to help BBBS with the Bowl for Kids' Sake event. People can start a team, sponsor a friend or family member who is bowling, or send in a corporate sponsorship.
“Signing up early is great and allows teams and team captains to have access to online fundraising tools through our Bowl for Kids' Sake fundraising website,” Jones said. “I like to have teams assigned to their bowling alleys and bowling lanes at least two weeks prior to the event date. This allows us time to plan if we need to schedule an overflow date if we have full bowling alleys.”
There are currently more than 40 local children waiting to get a big brother or big sister. Anyone interested in donating as little as 4 hours of time each month to help a child may call BBBS at 330-339-6916.
“In order to become a volunteer for BBBS, you have to fill out an application and go through an interview process so you can be properly placed with a little [brother or sister] in the program based on both of your interests,” Jones said. “Our screening process is also a safety measure that ensures all of our volunteers are safe and responsible adults in the community-based program. A lot of our volunteers in the school-based program are high school students, and they also go through the screening process to ensure their match is a success.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio has been located in Tuscarawas County for 44 years.
Ensuring the success of area youth ensures the success of all in the community. For more information visit www.bowl-forkids.com.
Published: February 14, 2017