Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee offers that support by providing a youth mentoring program for children ages 6 to 15. Any child who is referred by a community agency, family member or school is eligible for a volunteer Big Brother or Sister.
The mission of the organization is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Bowl for Kids' Sake is an exciting fundraising event the entire family, as well as friends or co-workers, can enjoy while showing support for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
There are three opportunities to participate: Thursday, April 11, from 5 to 9 p.m., at Belmont Lanes in Bristol, Tenn.; Friday, April 12, from 5 to 9 p.m., at Holiday Lanes in Johnson City; and Saturday, April 13, from 5 to 9 p.m., at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport.
Form a team or bring your family out for an evening of bowling, food, music and prizes. Registration at www.BowlForKidsToday.org is appreciated, but walk-ins are accepted the day of the event.
Collect at least $50 per person to participate, and then enjoy the rest of the evening supporting a great cause. Bowling skills are optional and everyone is sure to have fun with the games and activities taking place throughout the evening.
The goal for the 2013 Bowl for Kids’ Sake in the Tri-Cities is $30,000, to assist in serving 30 additional children.
Many of the mentoring relationships formed last many years, often well beyond the time when the child ages out of the program. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one hour a week for off-site, and half an hour for on-site matches, up to one year. The off-visit can be dining, cultural/sporting events or shopping, while the on-site takes place at a pre-determined location, such as in a school building; playing in a classroom, gym or on the playground.
Katie Carrico, regional director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, said that regardless of an individual’s time or skills, the agency will find a place for someone to assist if they have the desire to contribute to the organization. Volunteers interested in being a Big Brother or Big Sister attend an orientation session to prepare them for the process and are carefully matched.
Carrico shared warm stories of mentors taking the extra step to assist their little brother or sister, but insists that any amount of time can provide a strong foundation of life skills and build a better future for a child.
For more information on the upcoming fundraiser, visit www.BowlForKidsToday.org or call 423-247-3240 for volunteering opportunities. Also, "like" Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.