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
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.
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.
President Battle Creek USBC BA
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.
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.
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.
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,
Michael Weaver, CTRS/ Specialization in Community Inclusion Services
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).
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.
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.
Deputy Executive Director
Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook University
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.
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!!
Marine for life & Disabled Vietnam Veteran
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!!
Marine for life & Disabled Vietnam Veteran
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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!
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!