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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

58 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.