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BVL Fund Inc

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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

67 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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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!

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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.

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