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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

79 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

David K.10

Donor

Rating: 5

My partner and I knew that once we would open our doors to Mel’s Lone Star Lanes, in Georgetown, Texas, that we would get involved with our community. Not just our local community but the bowling community as well.

While at the BPAA Bowl Expo, we heard and learned about the BVL charity and the great works it had done since 1942. We loved the fact that they help our veterans and activity duty servicemen with therapeutic and recreational activities.

Located in central Texas, just 45 minutes from Ft. Hood, we see and interact with many men and women who serve and have served. We knew the BVL could and would help those who are guests of Mel’s Lone Star Lanes. We started raising funds for BVL many years ago and every year we like to raise the bar on the amount we collect.

We requested two grants from the BVL in 2019. Both grants for two local organizations who do great work with our veterans. The Rock On Veterans program at R.O.C.K. and Heroes Night Out. The grant process was simple. Both organizations were extremely grateful for the grants and the money will be helping our local veterans and soldiers.

Pictured is our check presentation to the R.O.C.K. and a local veteran participating in their Rock On Veterans program. The program is for active duty service members and veterans who are partnered with horses and veteran volunteers. The goal of this program is to improve the lives of servicemen and women who have suffered injury in the line of duty, helping them adjust physically and emotionally to their post-war lives. The cost for veterans and service members to participate in the ROCK On Veterans programs are 100% covered through fundraising efforts and grants.

With low administrative costs, we know the money we raise for the BVL will impact many lives. We are BVL.

David Kellerman, President
Mel’s Lone Star Lanes

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen first hand what the Bowlers to veterans Link does to Brighten Veterans Lives. As a long-time representative for BVL at the National Veterans Winter Sports Clinic (WSC) held yearly in Snowmass CO. Now in its 33rd year, the Clinic brings veterans, volunteers and instructors together to build new skills and learn how to incorporate adaptive techniques in familiar sports. The WSC the clinic provides veterans with an opportunity to try a sport after overcoming an illness or injury and a chance to learn new sports and test their skills in a variety of different activities-- from skiing to hockey to bowling. Every year, it gets better and better; and every year my respect and admiration for the athletes grows and grows,
I am proud to represent the Bowlers to Veterans Link!


Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVL has been a great charity since it's inception. It's costs are consistently kept low, and the impact on veterans, and now even active duty military lives can not be understated.

They have several programs that are great turn-key fund raisers, and for those that march to their own drum when it comes to fund raising (like us) they are very supportive and flexible.

Dan Simril, Foxfire Lanes

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVL has brightened many veterans' lives. In my local area, they have given to the VA hospital. The leaders of the organization are dedicated to veterans. The money they raise goes directly to support and help veterans. Our business participate yearly in their fund raising efforts.

Kara L G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVL is one of the most amazing, directly beneficial nonprofit organizations available for our wounded and disabled veterans! Being directly and closely involved with this organization for the last several years, I have had the opportunity to see first hand how the funds primarily donated and collected from our bowlers from states all over America, have benefited our AMAZING veterans and the wounded in active duty. As one of the Directors of the FCUSBC local board and a BVL committee member, I feel blessed to be able to be a small part of bettering veterans lives. I look forward to spending time with Mary Harrar, BVL Executive Director and John LaSpina, BVL Chairman every year at USBC Convention. Assisting at the BVL Booth is by far the most fun and exciting part of my week at convention. Each year, I learn a little bit more from Mary and John and it just ignites even more passion for this incredible organization. Having the opportunity to be highly involved hits very close to home for me as we have a son in the Army who is a Ranger/Special Forces and has been serving for the last 17 1/2 years. It gives me a sense of peace knowing that BVL is right there to serve our veterans and those currently active duty.

Thank you to each and every one of our veterans and active duty military whom have placed their lives in harms way time and time again for their country. God Bless you all!!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love raising funds for the BVL (The Bowlers to Veterans Link). The dollars are used both locally and regionally to help veterans with therapeutic and recreational needs. We just donated a transportation cart, that helps vets move from their cars to the clinic front door, here in Cape Coral, Florida. Our mission is to help make life better for the men and women who bravely served our country!

Mike

Donor

Rating: 5

As a bowling proprietor in South Carolina I have operated bowling centers in various markets with military bases (Charleston, Columbia, Myrtle Beach) .BVL is a great way to bond yourself to the community.

In addition we are very proud as an industry of what BVL accomplishes and the fact that it operates on a tight / efficient budget helping to put the vast majority of the funds raised to excellent use.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVL in Detroit supports the out patient activities at the VA hospital. The monies raised have been spent on various projects to contribute to the mental well being of both in-patient and day visitors to the John D. Dingell Hospital. The group ReCreation comes to perform annually through the efforts of BVL fundraising

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

On a local level, BVL helps the veterans at our local VA hospital who are able to get out and about by covering their expenses traveling on outings to bowling, the zoo, etc. Nationally, Re-Creation (a volunteer group of youngsters who spend a year of their life traveling around the country) puts on a spectacular musical and dance program at the Local VA hospitals.

Kevin V.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

We have run charity raffles for BVL in Battle Creek for years, with the proceeds going to our local VA hospital to support them with athletic and exercise equipment.

Kevin VanNortwick
President Battle Creek USBC BA

Donor

Rating: 5

BVL is wonderful. I am a director on our local GGRUSBC. We have raised money for BVL for many years I also go and visit our local Grand Rapids Home For Veterans. We are lucky enough to have a 2 lane bowling alley at our Vets home. I go and visit the Purple Heart League and help put bowling balls on the ramps for everyone. It is so much fun and i have made several new bowling friends there. I am assuming that some of the funds we raise helps the Veteran bowlers. I have also seen ReCreation at the home several times. I normally stay out in the hallway and dance and hold hands with the Vets in wheelchairs that cannot make it in to see them. But they can hear them and ReCreation is so wonderful, they come out and sing to and shake hands with every Vet there. I am so happy that BVL helps make that happen for our Vets.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVL is supported all over the country by bowlers like me. We are ordinary people, no millionaires or corporate giants, but we do include military personnel among our members. Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL) is a non-profit supported only by volunteers who hold fund raisers to help our veterans rehabilitate in hospitals all over the country. Locally we have donated for as long as I can remember to the Veterans Hospital in Battle Creek, MI. These monies have been used to fund various recreational activities to help patients prepare for their daily lives after serving to keep our country free. I am proud to be a bowler and to actively participate in supporting the BVL. We never have any difficulty getting donations our members to donate yearly to support this most deserving non-profit.

Donor

Rating: 5

I own a bowling center and we run a singles tournament for the BVL. Every bowler donates at least $5.00. We give back 1/2 to the prize fund and the other half goes the BVL. Last year we raised $5200.00. The bowlers are more than happy to participate in this GREAT program for our veterans. We run this program the week of Veterans day.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

BVL was supportive to the Temple VA in Central Texas for many years for equipment in Adaptive Sports, I recently transferred to the Central Florida VA in Orlando 2017, and since then, BVL has again stepped up to assist the veterans at the Lake Baldwin Domiciliary. Through the BVL grant program, we purchased 3 Concept2 rowers to kick start a rowing program for veterans in an outpatient treatment program .
BVL far exceeds my expectations as a nonprofit organization regarding with their professionalism and dedication to support veteran's wellness.
Thank you BVL for all that you do for our veterans,
Sincerely,

Michael Weaver, CTRS/ Specialization in Community Inclusion Services

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

BVL Grant Award to the New Recreation Therapy Clinic at the Blind Rehabilitation Center / Doris Miller VA Medical Center located in Waco, Texas.
As a Recreation Therapist providing treatment to our Veterans at the Doris Miller VA Medical Center (Blind Rehab Center) I greatly value the BVL’s support. Recreation Therapy is a therapeutic discipline that offers a broad array of modalities used to facilitate function, independence and ultimately an improved quality of life. These many different areas of treatment include fitness, art, music, assistive technology, adaptive sports and much more. The modalities used in these crucial areas involve the initial purchase, adaptation and maintenance of equipment. The generous support from the BVL has made this is possible.
Building a new Recreation Therapy Clinic at the Blind Rehabilitation Center has been a journey of planning and insight. This undertaking has involved the assistance of VA staff, colleagues and again the greatly appreciated support of the BVL. (Several of the devices included in the photos are made possible by the BVL).

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is an honor to work with an organization that does so much to support those men and woman who have served our country. I have seen firsthand the meticulous planning and tireless effort that goes into providing veteran focused programs that positively impact and brighten their lives and their communities. BVL is a well-run and well-organized charity that distributes all monies with transparency for the benefit of our Vets. This is an organization very deserving of your support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL) is a wonderful organization that is committed to improve the quality of life of the brave men and women who so valiantly risked their lives in defense of our nation. John LaSpina, Chair of the BVL Board of Directors, Mary Harrar, BVL Executive Director and the entire BVL Team should be commended for the outstanding work they do in VA Medical Centers, Vet Centers and State Veterans Homes across the country. For over 75 years, BVL has been a leader in recognizing the importance of recreational therapy in the post-acute care of veterans. As an operator of State Veterans Home, we cannot be more grateful to Bowlers to Veterans Link for the tremendous support they have given the veterans we are so honored to care for. BVL has generously supported the recreational activities at the Long Island State Veterans Home for many years. From the sponsorship of music therapy programs such as the talented traveling entertainment troupe “Re-Creation” to the assistance in purchasing of new, innovative technology of Virtual Reality Therapy, BVL has helped provide outstanding quality of life through engaging therapeutic recreation programs for the Greatest Generation to the Latest Generation of America’s heroes.
J.Spier
Deputy Executive Director
Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook University

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have been working with BVL for many years and they are so supportive of the veterans we serve. They have provided funds that have enabled us to purchase guitars, take veterans on trips and purchase many arts and crafts supplies. We are lucky to have such wonderful partners. We look forward to a long lasting relationship.

Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVL, What an amazing group of people. The bowling community works tirelessly to raise donations to assist our Veterans in hospitals & Nursing homes. This group goes back to 1942, and is as strong now as it was back then. It has been my personal pleasure to have worked with the BVL group and to visit our Veterans in the hospitals, nursing homes, and hospices. The Veterans are so appreciative of what BVL does words cannot explain it. The dedication is beyond anything anyone could expect. I will continue to work with this organization as long as there is breath in my body!
Thank you BVL, Mary Harrar & Elizabeth for your hard work. You are amazing!!
Semper Fi
Dennis Brummitt
Marine for life & Disabled Vietnam Veteran

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BVL, What an amazing group of people. From the administrators, to the National USBC Board of Directors, to the local USBC association leaders, to the league bowlers in each association. They work so hard to ensure our Veterans are cared for, and they know we care. This group goes back to 1942, and is as strong now as it was back then. It has been my personal pleasure to have worked with the BVL group and to visit our Veterans in the hospitals, nursing homes, and hospices. The Veterans are so appreciative of what BVL does words cannot explain it. The dedication is beyond anything anyone could expect.
Thank you BVL, Mary Harrar & Elizabeth for your hard work. You are amazing!!
Semper Fi
Dennis Brummitt
Marine for life & Disabled Vietnam Veteran

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Lowell L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great a Non-Profit as this organization truly knows how to help out our Veterens at a time needed. When our veterans need a little help the BVL has been there for them and helping educate the USBC members at convention time and throughout the year on how and where the money we raise goes and accomplishments that impact our veterans that need assistance. I am a proud veteran to be able to help do fundraising for this organization and especially at each USBC Convention.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Blind Veterans League is an annual financial supporter of Central Arkansas Veterans. Their support allows our facility to offer Bowling to Veterans as a recreational Activity while hospitalized in North Little Rock VA. Their grants and support offers Veterans the opportunity to learn and enjoy bowling. Their support also provides incentives for Bowling as well as awards for annual VA wide bowling tournaments. Without the BVLs support many events including Fishing Derby for Visually impaired Veterans would not be possible. As a Veteran who served 21 years on Active Duty in the US Army, I am appreciative of the support that BVL provides to Veterans in Central Arkansas for Recreational Activities! We are appreciative to their assistance so that we can support the well being of our Veterans through Bowling and other diversional activities!

4access

Donor

Rating: 5

BVL is a fabulous charity where you can be sure your donation dollars are well spent. They have a very low operating cost and a great reletionship with the adept of Veterans Affairs.
BVL grants provide arts and crafts programs, music and sports activities, reading materials, board games and much more to help boost spirits, speed recuperation, and improve morale.
They have supported these programs and services for more than 75 years and in that time donors have contributed more than 50 million dollars.
Please consider BVL as one of your charities of choice.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing charity that does so much with their funding to help our wounded veterans. The focus is on providing recreational activities, bowling, basketball, arts and crafts, music therapy. They provide Billiards tables, Foosball, TV's and other items for our VA Hospitals. There is almost no paid staff and nearly every dollar donated goes to our veterans.

Donor

Rating: 5

The paid staff truly believes in the mission of the organization and in providing the most benefit for the smallest amount of overhead possible. They do a fantastic job along with all of the volunteers that make this an organization that I believe really stays true to the mission of the original organizers. It is truly a pleasure to work with them, and I feel great contributing to the organization.

Joanne27

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization does so much with so little. Their administration takes only 6 cents for every dollar donated. They actively support the veterans across the country and troops overseas. Part of the national funds go to support a traveling song & dance group called Re-Creation, who travel to different parts of the country entertaining our veterans in nursing homes.

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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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Paul A. D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

You hear the phrase, "the best kept secret" often but it is rare when you come upon one. This is my experience with BVL. Since 1942, this organization has raised a tremendous amount of money (over $50 million) to help veterans - and has done so with quiet and efficient dignity. Just this past year I was fortunate enough to be involved with BVL as they provided a Trackchair (specialty wheelchair) to a deserving veteran from Arlington Texas. Through grass roots fundraising from bowlers across the United States, BVL is making a HUGE impact in the lives of veterans. Now to make this "best kept secret" a household name...

Kristy Morse

Donor

Rating: 5

As a bowling center, our involvement began in June of 2016 with our commitment to raise awareness of BVL within our center and to raise a minimum $1,000 by May 31st, 2017. Through a variety of big and small events, we were proud to present a check to BVL at Bowl Expo 2017 in excess of our goal. We are looking forward to our re-commitment for this season and raising a minimum of $2,000!
The support we get from BVL for these fundraising opportunities is invaluable and very much appreciated!

Donor

Rating: 5

The BVL has proven to be one of the strongest charities for our Veterans. Thank you for your continued efforts to help those who help us. As a proud to supporter we love sharing that the BVL runs at a very low cost basis. Keep up the great work! Through our local fundraising efforts we sent bowling lanes to friends and families of ours serving overseas. Thanks BVL!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an honor it is for our company to raise $$$ for the men and women who've served our country. BVL is our charity of choice and we've seen first hand here in Southwest Florida the positive impact this organization has on the thousands of veterans who call this area home. You also have to be impressed that BVL puts 94% of all monies donated to work for our vets! There are dozens of veterans-related charities out there doing wonderful things, but for our money there is only one that Brightens Veterans Lives daily...BVL!

Lisa Ciniello
Bowland/HeadPinz Entertainment Centers
Fort Myers, Florida

Volunteer

Rating: 5

No group is more deserving of our support that the Veterans of the United States Armed Forces. In a time when movie stars and sports figures are put high on pedestals, I am proud to be part of an organization that honors the true heroes, our Veterans. I know of no other organization with such a low overhead. The fact that 94% of money collected goes to our Veterans is amazing. Every year, for 75 years, bowlers have shown that they are generous in their support of the Veterans. Thank you BVL.

Marci W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

What BVL does is amazing! Their extremely low overhead rate proves that they put our veterans first ... So, so, so proud of this organization and of the bowlers who have supported it for 75 amazing years! Here's to much more success for BVL and for the support of our veterans ... No one deserves it more. (Please stand if you can.)

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a board member but so much more ... I am an admirer of how efficiently BVL is run and that focus is never lost. Every decision is made with the mission of Brightening Veterans Lives regardless of race, gender, age. BVL reaches out to all veterans! Our only goal is to be able to help and serve all of the veterans who need us. They deserve our support so we work tirelessly to be efficient so that the greatest percentage possible of the money dobpnated goes to them. The best (bestest!) part is that BVL will always be there and will always be ready to help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVL is an outstanding charity. I am very impressed with what they do and will continue to trumpet the merits of this organization every chance I get.

bowler1

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.

Make this one of your charities.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BVL is a great organization and they do amazing work for veterans!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Veteran's Service Officer in Pennsylvania who deals with veteran's issues on a daily basis. BVL raises funds to help those veterans who are our nation's heroes and exemplifies how they should be respected for securing the freedoms that we all cherish today. Thank you to such a wonderful organization and all that you do for veterans !!

Donor

Rating: 5

i was a general manager for a bowling center chain in the Philadelphia area and we became involved with BVL through the Bowling proprietors Assn. In our 4 centers , soliciting bowlers to make a pledge, we were able to raise over $20,000 each and every year. The monies were targeted for Walter Reed Hospital and the families that were visiting loved ones receiving treatment. The chance to help these families was an easy "sell" to our bowlers they stepped up in a huge way. We also set up a Veterans wall in each of our centers honoring those who served and continue to serve our country. Working with BVL certainly changed my life and i now have a new found appreciation of what our military due for us every day. Thanks to BVL, i still remain involved in any way i can to further their mission.

Board Member

Rating: 5

BVL (Bowlers to Veterans Link a.k.a. Brightening Veterans Lives) is an amazing charity! It was formed in the 1940's and continues to date due to the generosity of bowlers who have vowed to never forget our veterans and what they did/continue to do for all of us. BVL provides recreational and therapeutic programs for active duty military and veterans. The money is raised mainly through bowling associations/functions across the U.S.; some of the money can remain local if that is the desire of the association or it can all be directed to support the national programs. BVL consistently functions on a remarkable 6% overhead rate proving that their efforts are sincere. BVL provides grants to VA hospitals to buy necessary equipment from sporting equipment to musical instruments and funds a wide arrange of sporting events and activities to provide recreational and therapeutic programs to those to have served our country. BVL is the leader for recreational therapy and is proud that VA hospitals and leaders of therapy programs know they can depend on BVL for support. To date, bowlers have raised in excess of $45 million and their commitment remains loyal and strong! BVL is obviously grateful to the bowlers and the bowlers are grateful for the leadership of the board in being efficient and successful in serving their military men and women.

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a Bowling Center Proprietor we have teamed up with BVL for the last several years raising thousands of dollars for our veterans. We had been searching for an organization that we believed in as well as trusted, and BVL is it!!

Doris D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think BVL is a wonderful organization. I witnessed how it works and benefits our veterans while working for my former employer. BVL does so much for our veterans and I hope they continue to help those who sacrificed so much for our freedom.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing charity. As a bowling proprietor, we do whatever we can to support this organization which has been helping disabled vets since 1942 by providing them with recreational and occupational equipment at VA hospitals. Please support them: please go to www.bvl.org.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a prior Bowling Center Manager, that donated yearly to this cause, and current bowler, it has always been an honor to assist the BVL in helping 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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

BVL has been Brightening Veterans Lives since 1942 and the impact of BVL can't be summarized in the few sentences that I am leaving here.

BVL provides recreational and therapeutic support for our veterans when they need it the most. As a USBC Board member that serves on the BVL Board it is extremely gratifying to see that 92% of the money raised by BVL goes directly to the programs and services that our veterans so desperately need.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our Bowling Pro Shop has adopted BVL as our charity of choice. We have witnessed the great work they do and feel it is an honor to help this amazing organization. Our entire staff is supportive of this charity and we are constantly looking for new fundraising ideas.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing charity with unbelievably low overhead. A few years ago, a friend made me aware of the high administrative cost of many popular charities which caused me to do a little investigation of my own. When I found out what the charities I had supported for years were spending on salaries and fundraising, I quickly increased by BVL donations and reduced or cancelled my support for other charities.

I have seen BVL's results in person and know for a fact they are making life better for our deserving veterans. Unfortunately our country can't currently afford to provide all the services that our veterans deserve so services from organizations like BVL are needed more now thatn at any time in recent memory.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For several years BVL has been providing money to be used for the Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed National Medical Center. The support is used to provide them with the ability to bowl for free. Most of these individuals will be returning to small town America where the Bowling Center is a hub for social interaction and a place where many different groups of people go for entertainment. Giving the Warriors the confidence to participate in the sport makes them more likely to feel comfortable, now that they have recovered some of their athletic skills in a sport which can be enjoyed by amputees, brain damaged troops and those soldiers, sailors and airmen with PTSD.

Noel Dysart, Manager, Bethesda Naval Bowling Center

Client Served

Rating: 5

I contacted Bowlers for Veterans to apply for a bowling lane kit for my brother, a soldier who is currently deployed overseas in a war zone. Immediately they wanted to know more about the soldier and unit in need and put together an amazing professional package of not only the bowling kit, but other goodies and love notes from his hometown. Being deployed and away from loved ones in service to the United States can be a stressful time and the generosity from BVL really helped. The bowling lane kit that was delivered increased troop morale and should be considered essential to MWR operations. Thank you!

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!!!!!!

Darlene11

Board Member

Rating: 5

BVL provides so much for the returning service men & women to assist with their therapy and how to adjust with life. Recreational therapy can really help with the change in mindset needed to adjust to the situations so many have when they return that are truly life changing. For some, it has provided the one thing that brings hope and a smile!

BVL has possibly one of the lowest administrative cost percentages than most organizations and yet is able to provide so much. The support from BVL is recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and receives positive remarks from not only veterans and active duty personnel but from the staff at the facilities that work with them. They are truly helping to Brighten Veterans Lives!

Sandra46

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Bowlers to Veterans Link or BVL is a wonderful organization that assists both active & veteran service men & women. I am amazed on a daily basis how much work goes into this organization with such a small administrative staff that do an awesome job. Also playing a HUGE roll are the many very dedicated volunteers across the United States. I have been one of these volunteers and have been able to see firsthand how these donations can better a veteran’s life. With the monies generated by the BVL veterans are given the opportunity to participate in many different activities and events such as the Winter Sports Clinic held in Snowmass CO that I have been honored to attend for the past 5 years and the Wheelchair Games. Some activities/events they may have never attempted some they have done in the past or some that they thought they would never be able to do again. In turn they are able to take the lessons and skills learned at the various activities/events or clinics they attend and apply them at home. They are shown that just because you may be suffering from an illness or injury there is no reason to give up or give in. In many instances it is considered one of the biggest motivators to get them out and lead an active lifestyle.
• BVL is the sport of bowling's oldest charity
• BVL is America's only national sports organization specifically devoted to veterans
• The BVL is a long time sponsor of the four national veteran’s recreational events - the Winter Sports Clinic, the Golden Age Games, the Wheelchair Games and the Creative Arts Festival
• BVL grants provide arts and crafts programs, music and sports activities, reading materials, board games and much more to help boost their spirits, speed recuperation, and improve morale

Please consider making a donation to this very worthy cause.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A very good Non for profit that has you and your mission in mind! They are a wonderful sponosr for our Veterans keeping their needs in mind always!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVL contributes to the well being of our veterans and active military personnel. As a contributor to BVL, I know that the three VA centers in IA receive funding for goods and services that are enjoyed by our veterans. BVL also supports a national TEE (Training Exposure & Experience) tournament which is held annual in Iowa for disabled veterans. The events include bowling, horseback riding, kayaking, and golf. I've had the pleasure of assisting the veterans in the bowling venue for the past four years. What a thrill it is to help and see them enjoy this event. Without BVL and the support given by them to our veterans, our veterans would have far fewer advantages than they now receive.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The BVL Fund Inc. has been a sponsor of the Department of Veterans Affairs' National Veterans Creative Arts Festival for years. BVL understands how the arts (music, dance, drama creative writing and visual arts) make a major difference in the lives of America's Veterans. Through the support from BVL, the NVCAF has been able to purchase awards for nearly 4,000 Veterans throughout the country that have participated in the annual competition, as well as support the Creative Arts Festival, an event that not only recognizes Veterans for their creative achievements, but promotes continued learning and involvement in the arts through community arts opportunities.

Donor

Rating: 5

The BVL is a unique organization that provides much needed services and activities for veterans, and those recuperating, through the community and sport of bowling. As a bowling proprietor, I decided to use our old bowling pins (bowling pins have a life span!) to raise donations for the BVL and promote awareness of this great resource in our area. Organizers and volunteers at the BVL are thorough, accommodating, and easy to work with. We will definitely conduct fundraising on behalf of the BVL again!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Having worked in the bowling industry since 1975 BVL is the organization we always support.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

BVL Bowling for Veterans League has give so much to our veterans at the VA. They recently provided funds for our Serenity Garden turning our patio into a beautiful for veterans to bask in the sun and enjoy the outdoors. Two tiled cement tables, fountain, plants and vases, 2 outdoor patio sets and a large umbrella. It is the place to go for our veterans. Thanks to BVL we were able to complete this very special project for our special veterans.

Board Member

Rating: 3

As a bowling center proprietor I was always impressed when Veteran's Day came around each year and the bowlers started to take up a collection on the lanes for the Bowlers Veterans Link...everybody contributed..not a lot.. maybe a dollar or two..once in awhile a ten dollar or twenty dollar bill...no one hesitated ..it was spontaneous and quietly inspiring. Ordinary folk ( no big donors or corporations ) with many small donations accumulating and mounting up to sums that could make a difference in Veterans lives. When my twenty year old grandson, a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, was killed early in the war in Iraq I felt compelled in his honor to do something --What better way than to get involved and help BVL achieve its mission of providing recreational and therapeutic programs and services to brighten the days of his buddies, America's active duty and veteran service men and women. Since then I have witnessed first hand the difference BVL can make in their lives. It is impressive. This low overhead charity that has a part time executive director and which relies on volunteer fundraising has raised more than $40 million and brought sunshine into the lives of thousands of both active and retired military personnel. It is a great charity that does wonderful work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a BVL volunteer for many years and have witnessed the great work this organization does for our veterans. I have visited Veterans' Hospital several times and have seen the veterans enjoying the musical group and activities sponsored by the BVL. It is amazing how much good BVL does and how much of the donated dollar actually goes to the veterans. Overhead costs for BVL are the lowest I have ever seen in a non-profit (and have worked for non-profits for the last 20 years)!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The BVL has generously supported the Bowling Center at the Veterans Home, Yountville , CA, for the past 30 years! Our 1000 residents and their families enjoy this activity. The theraputic value of wheelchair bowling cannot be underestimated! Even spectators get great pleasure, reminiscing and vicariously enjoying the fun. We have been so generously blessed by physical and financial support of the BVL. Every donation dollar allows us to maintain and provide this great activity. Without the BVL, our lanes would be dark!With great appreciation- Karen Zanetell, Director, Residential Care Programs,veterans Home of California, Yountville, CA 94599

Priscilla T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm a member of the local bowling association for DC, MD, VA. This organization has raised monies for veterans all of my 24 yrs of bowling and is a worthy cause and deserves lots of support to help our veterans in need. Top Cat333

Loveland Estes Park B.

Donor

Rating: 4

We are a small bowling association but every year, we have a tournament where the funds go to support the veterans. It is not a lot of money, but every little bit helps these wonderful people who have given a portion of their lives so we can be free to bowl.