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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

97 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization which helps both veterans and active service members.

Donor

Rating: 5

BVL has helped vets in my area to rehabilitate and enjoy time while recovering from injuries suffered during tours in Afghanistan. They provide sports equipment and entertainment for our brave soldiers.
ALL funds raised go towards helping those who have served.

Donor

Rating: 5

The BVL is an amazing organization that provides opportunities to the veterans that have served our great country. We here in Virginia give and support the BVL to the fullest. They are a very well run organization and we would highly encourage donations so they may continue to do the excellent work that they do.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have a friend who is deeply involved with this charity. He asked me to take a look at what they do for our disabled veterans, and I was quite impressed. I learned that three out of every ten disabled soldiers returning from have trouble finding work. We owe them a productive life and an enriched social experience when they return to civilian life, Bowlers to Veterans is a great way to engage and re engage our returning troops who have become disabled. I support this charity, and I urge you to do the same.

Donor

Rating: 5

I support BVL for its efforts at helping veterans by using bowling as a recreational and therapeutic tool. Our country should always prioritize taking care of its veteran military members for the work they have done.

Donor

Rating: 5

As president of the Great Salt Lake USBC, I have been impressed with how our National Bowlers to Veterans Link has supported our veterans. I've seen the difference it can make in our veterans lives through their donations of portable bowling lanes to our veterans serving over seas to donations to our local veterans hospital.
We have supported this organization for years and are proud to be part of this national organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Believe in this organization very strongly. Have seen their work with and for our valued veterans first-hand and they do wonderful work for wonderful people who have given so much of themselves to our country, so that we can enjoy all the freedoms that we enjoy.
So often, these veterans are 'forgotten' and so it is with pride that I support the work of BVL who refuse to let them be forgotten!

Donor

Rating: 5

BVL does a tremendous job helping disabled vets gain access to recreation and fellowship. They do it, I understand, with a very small staff that works hard to keep costs down and benefits up. Many bowling center operators that I am in touch with help raise money through their customer base and as a result we get feedback of the wonderful impact they have on vet's lives at our business shows.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being in the bowling business for over 35 years, this has always been a great way to raise donations for the BVL. League bowlers are easy to solicit and generous

fredkap

Advisor

Rating: 5

BVL is a non profit organization, founded during WWII to bring disabled veterans back home. Founded by the bowling industry it is bowling’s own and oldest charity. I am currently the marketing consultant for this organization and I need more reviews so we keep our gold status. Fir more info about BVL, please go to www.bvl.org and see the great work BVL does to provide recreational therapy programs for our disabled vets who are injured both physically and mentally ( PTSD). Won’t you give us a great review.

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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.

Joanne27

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Monmouth County USBC has been very active with collecting funds for the BVL for over 10 years. This charity allows us to send contributions for national programs as well as allowing us to designate funds for our local NJ State Veterans Home. We make a presentation every year and are pleased to be able to support this charity. They have a minimal staff and do so much. Their admin cost is only 6 cents on the dollar. The song and dance group visits so many veterans homes during the year to brighten their lives. We are truly happy to be a part of this organization.

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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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Ray V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our Local Monmouth County USBC Bowling Association has donated to BVL for many years. Most of the money collected goes to our NJ Veteren's Home and the remainder to the national BVL Organization. The Veteran's Home has made many improvements in the home's recreational department for the veterans. I have had the honor of being present on several occasions when we make our presentation to the home around Veteran's Day. On a few of those occasion had the privilege of enjoying the Re-Creation entertainment group perform. I believe BVL is one of if not the best organizations that serves our veterans.

Raymond Vogel, Monmouth County USBC Director

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love the commitment and passion they bring to this cause.
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Donor

Rating: 5

It is such a pleasure to donate to their amazing charity, knowing that their expenses are quite low and the bulk of your donation goes directly to help disabled veterans.

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVL is a great charity.

Metro Detroit USBC and previously Detroit Women's Bowling Association have supported our veterans and BVL for over 25 years.

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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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Association that has many "Veterans" we are proud of what the benefits to to stay at our local VA's. If the Donations were not applied to the Local Groups I doubt very much we would participate.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The BVL is one of my favorite nonprofit. These veterans have given so much for all Americans and they deserve to benefit from the Bowlers across this great country. I love the sport of bowling and all the great people I've met through this organization, BVL, The Bowlers to Veterans Link. I've seen first hand how the Veterans enjoy the National TEE Tournament and the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. Both of these events have opened my eyes to how much our Veterans need and deserve our help from the BVL. Please help this nonprofit continue to grow.
Laura Christensen

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.

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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.

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.

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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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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!

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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

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!!!!!!