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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

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVL was founded in 1942 to let the American Veteran know "they are not forgotten" by providing recreation, crafts and entertainment to hospitalized and disabled veterans. Our association sponsors special tournaments throughout the bowling season, with all proceeds going to BVL. We have been privileged to present the BVL check to the VA Hospital, knowing the money will bring comfort, fun and enjoyment to men & women who have served our country. To see a veteran laying on a gurney, smiling and clapping his hands as BVL sponsored performers bring joy and happy memories to lives spent in a hospital. BVL has been honored by special invitation to be part of the Veterans Day Celebration at Arlington Cemetery... the only non-military organization so honored.

Kathy76

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every year our bowling association takes a collection each year on the week of Veteran Day to support the BVL (Bowlers to Veterans Link) it is a wonderful organization. It supports our Veterans in hospitals & supports our troops who are serving our country. We our chartered under USBC which is the United States Bowling Congress we are very proud to support our Veterans every year.

Linda128

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our association is chartered under the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) and have for many years supported BVL (Bowler's to Veteran's Link). Every year, during the week of Veterans Day, we do a fundraiser to collect funds for BVL. It is always an honor and a pleasure for our board members to visit the Hefner VA in Salisbury, NC and present them with a check from BVL help improve the lives of those veterans who live there. One only needs to visit one of these centers one time to see how much BVL truly helps our veterans.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVL ( Bowlers to veteran's Link ) is 1 of 2 major charities that USBC ( governing body of organized bowling ) has adopted as a worthy organization to help raise funds for. Our local chartered association has been raising funds through contributions from our local bowlers. We do this at our local and state tournament and social events. We are just one of many local associations across the country that do this every year. Why? Because this organization uses 90% or more of the donations for the veteran's hospitals, veteran's homes and troops stationed overseas. They also return to the local organization that donates, over 95% of their donation to give to a local organization if they ask. In our case we have adopted the Veteran's Home in Edison NJ. For the past 5 year's our officers have presented a check to the center in November. On November 5th we will again be presenting a check for $2700 out of the $3000 dollars we raised this past year. It is a very satisfying yet humbling experience to present this money to the veterans who have proudly served our country.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The BVL is instrumental in improving the life, welfare and health of America's Heroes! To be involved with this trustworthy, conscientious, superlative entity is a true privilege! Our work and connection with the staff has been nothing but exemplary! In this modern-Ameria, where we cynically scrutinize every charity, every philanthropic effort for some ulterior motive or gain, BVL stands far and away as a true, dedicated body. My heart soars that I can support something I know...KNOW...is improving the lives of our Nation's hospitalized veterans and active troops! My gratitude knows no bounds!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Bowlers to Veteran's Link does an amazing job supporting the Veteran's Administration Hospitals across the United States, as well as providing support to our men and women in the Armed Forces who are still serving. Nearly all donations for this organizations come from the bowling industry and its supporters. Programs, services, and recreation is provided to those who gave so much. This organization runs on a shoestring but is so vital.