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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion, Veterans

Mission: Providing sports, arts, music and recreational rehabilitative programs to brighten the days and boost the spirits those that have served our country.

Target demographics: brighten the days of our active duty and veteran service men and women

Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands of active duty and veteran men and women.

Geographic areas served: the USA and overseas

Programs: sports, arts, and music to help engage our American heroes and provide opportunities to get involved in experiences that will brighten their days and speed recuperation.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVL Charity was initiated in 1942 by the Women's Bowling Association to assist our veterans during WWII. I have been involved with this charity for several years mainly because over 90 % of money donated goes to assisting veterans. The other veterans charities do not come close to that %. When I deliver the checks to the veterans each year their smiles and appreciation tell me BVL is doing the correct thing for veterans.
Thank you BVL from this Vietnam Veteran for helping my brothers & sisters who need all the assistance we can provide.
Dennis Brummitt
Phoenix, Arizona

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVL is the proved to me to be the best charity for our Veterans. They have very low overhead which means more money for our Veterans. When we raise money for the BVL, we request funds to come back to Iowa to help our home town veterans with their recreational needs. We are able to see where that money is used, as we personally deliver the checks from BVL to the VA centers. Without BVL, our Veterans all over the nation and abroad would not have the recreational needs met.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a bowler, donor and volunteer, I have seen BVL at work at the National TEE Tournament at Riverside Iowa. Board members from our state women's bowling association volunteer to help at the bowling venue. This year over 50 visually impaired veterans enjoyed bowling in Coralville Iowa. Every year we have made new friends but also meet up with friends we have made the past years. Because of BVL, these veterans are enjoying the sport we all love. What an honor it was for all of us helping these veterans. BVL has also helped our three VA facilities in Iowa. We have personally delivered the donations from BVL to these sites. What a feeling to see what and how these men and women will be helped with the proceeds from BVL.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVL means the sport of Bowling supports our veterans. Even more so the low expense fee makes it a very attractive nonprofit to financially support, because we know the vast majority of the money goes to our very deserving veterans.

Further Re-Creation is a fantastic musical troupe which the veterans really appreciate. The performers are volunteers who donate their lives for a year or two to perform across the United States at VA Medical Centers and State Homes. You couldn't find a more dedicated group of young people.

BVL knows how to reach out to local and state USBC Associations to garner their help. By presenting awards to standout association achievers the associations appreciate the recognition while supporting our veterans.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

While I have been a big supporter of BVL for many years, I recently became involved with the leadership of this wonderful organization. I wanted to volunteer my time because I believe in our mission and know how important our programs are for veterans and active duty troops. What we provide is unique and of great value....giving those who sacrificed for us the opportunity to enjoy the simple pleasures of life that sports and the arts can bring. We know what we are doing is making a difference in the lives of thousands of veterans; but we need to do more. We need to grow our efforts to meet the needs of our American Heroes. Join with us,

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of serving our country during the Vietnam War and I have the highest respect for my fellow veterans and active duty men and women - their sacrifices are unparalleled...

It has been my honor to serve as the spokesperson for BVL over the past decade. As a pro bowler touring the country, I have seen BVL dollars at work in VA Hospitals and State Homes, brightening the days and boosting the spirit of my fellow veterans. I know the positive energy that sport can bring and I see that energy brought to veterans of all ages and abilities through the many different BVL programs and activities.

Knowing how important the sports, arts and other theraputic BVL programs are I would encourage anyone who wants to make a difference in the lives of our veterans to support BVL.

Joanne27

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVL (Bowlers to Veterans Link) is a very well run organization that supports our veterans and troops at home and abroad. There is a small group of very dedicated people to support the national organizaton. They provide money for medical or recreation equipment to state run veterans nursing homes. An entertainment group called "Re-Creation" tours the country to entertain the veterans in nursing homes. Bowling lane kits are sent to the troops overseas to provide a distraction and fun. The few people manning this organization work very hard to provide a lot of services, and we applaud them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a board member of the Monmouth County USBC. The national USBC (United States Bowling Congress) has always supported our veterans and we have always supported efforts to raise finds. We have been fortunate to collect an average of $2,000 per year. When we send our money to the national BVL, we know we are supporting thousands of locations around the country, including a group known as Re-Creation. This group is comprised of wonderful young song and dance people, who brighten the lives of every veteran they meet. The national organization keeps only 10% of what we send and then allows us to select a local veterans home to give our 90%. For us, it is such an honor to be able to share our donations with those in the local veterans home. We thank the BVL for that opportunity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVL is a long-standing national charity for the bowling industry, one that bowlers nationwide, as well as internationally are proud to support. It is heart-warming to see the pride of local and state bowling association leaders as they raise funds to support all of the programs that BVL has to offer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For 70 years n9w, BVL has a proud tradition of supporting our veterans, providing funds and materials for services that might otherwise never be funded. I am proud to be a volunteer supporting this organization!

Dennis35

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am first and foremost a VietNam veteran Marine who never got involved in any charity work until 3 years ago. I met Elizabeth at BVL's booth at the USBC convention. After talking with her I volunteered to chair our BVL committee for the Metro Phoenix bowling association. Meeting with our bowlers let me see how dedicated they are to helping our veterans. Over the last 3 years our association has raised almost $30,000. The BVL's Recreation entertainment group puts smiles on the faces of our bedridden veterans. This year I was fortunate enough to actually hand our donation checks to the 3 area Veterans facilities administrators, and to visit the veterans in their facilities. BVL has been actively working for our veterans since 1942, and we will continue to do our best to ensure our veterans, my brethren, will continue to be cared for.
Thank you to the BVL and USBC.
Dennis Brummitt
VP MPUSBC

Jill47

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I will give to BVL in time and money every year. There is nothing more satisfying than giving an amount to a cause and knowing that 100% of it actually gets to those you intended it for. I have actually given the checks to our State Vet Hospitals, spent some time with the vets, and experienced the joy they feel being remembered, supported and honored. People I seek BVL donations from will give freely as they are assured 100% of the donation goes directly to the vets.

Sha R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVL is the best organization for helping our veterans with those little things that make major difference in their daily outlook. By providing things like tv,books, and arts and craft items minds are working and with exercise and mobility equipment their bodies are also worked. The group RECREATION provides entertainment as well as encouragement. All of this is part of what our donations provide.
Everyone time and monetary resources are limited now days and I wholeheartedly support BVL with all I have .
We can Never give enough for our veterans who have given so much for US but BVL is helping to BRIGHTEN VETERANS LIVES!!!!!!