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Lace up your bowling shoes and hit the lanes to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester, the county’s premier youth mentorship organization.
Want to get involved with the community but don’t know where to start? It’s never been easier to make a difference now that Bowl for Kids’ Sake has returned. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester’s flagship fundraising event raised $35,000 when it was last held in 2019, with the proceeds going to support the organization’s mentorship program.
“We’re thrilled to bring the event back,” says Valerie Brown, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County. “It’s a great way for the community to get involved and learn more about the life-changing mentoring work we do, while rolling strikes and competing for prizes.”
This year the goal is to raise $40,000, and teams and individuals are encouraged to sign up and rally their friends, neighbors, and co-workers in the name of the cause. Participants will first compete to raise the most money, and then on June 7 will compete on the lanes for the highest scores to help Big Brothers Big Sisters roll a strike against child adversity.
One-to-one mentoring is one of the most effective ways of serving and affirming a child facing adversity toward a more productive and meaningful future, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has worked for more than 100 years to pair adult volunteers with children to foster these valuable mentoring connections.
The “Big/Little” model is the standard for the organization that every year matches more than 100,000 mentorship pairs across the country.
The Westchester Chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of the oldest in the country and has long been present in the community. Over the course of the pandemic, the chapter paired a record 181 new matches of Bigs and Littles.
Westchester adults are paired with children in the program with the goal of imparting knowledge and direction, and often form long-lasting relationships with their mentees.
For those interested in participating or donating, more information can be found here.