Military Mentoring program expands to serve Veterans

vets_small7d9ed6Thanks to a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission, we’re excited to grow our Military Mentoring program to serve children of veterans and children of survivors. Although the Military Mentoring program has been around for more than two years, this is a new opportunity for us to serve those who have served our country.

Here’s a quick look at what families and volunteers can expect:

Parents:

  • We’re now enrolling children:
    • age 6-16
    • living in Travis, Williamson or Hays counties – or the Greater Fort Hood area
    • who are Survivors or children of veterans
  • Children ages 14 and older whose match lasts one year or longer are also eligible to receive a $2,000 scholarship to use upon high school graduation.
  • Kids commit to meeting 3-4 times per month with their mentor, for a minimum of one year.
  • Click here to enroll a child!

Volunteers:

  • We’re actively seeking veterans as mentors
  • Volunteers commit to meeting 3-4 times per month for a minimum of one year, which provides quality one-to-one support and encouragement that is so important to our kids.
  • Click here to volunteer!

After a child and volunteer are “matched”, we provide ongoing professional support. A highly trained member of our staff (a ‘Match Support Specialist’) is in regular contact with the volunteer, the child and the family throughout the life of the match.

If you, or someone you know, would like to enroll your child or become a volunteer, call 512-442-4646, email volunteer@bigmentoring.org or apply online at www.BigMentoring.org.

Trudy’s Bowl for Kids raises more than $170,000

The Rackspace cowboys and zombies!

The Rackspace cowboys and zombies!

The good, the bad and the zombies came out in full force to celebrate their fundraising success in support of BBBS kids. Hundreds of people from dozens of companies and organizations took over Highland Lanes all weekend — and they were all dressed for this year’s theme, “Cowboys vs Zombies”.

With nearly 150 teams, every bowler made a huge difference. One hundred percent of funds raised stay local and help pair more kids with caring, adult mentors.

The weekend was filled with fun – and some of the highlights include when Chris Houston of the Detroit Lions led a bowling team of his own on Saturday afternoon!

Another special  moment was the fact that this year’s top fundraiser is also a Big Brother! Hector Perez, who is the 2014 Big Brother of the Year, raised more than $4,000!

Of course, our friends at Trudy’s, Padgett Stratemann and Rackspace – and our media friends at KVUE, FOX7, Spirit 105.9 and Do512 – were huge reasons this year was one of the best. The KVUE team really got into the spirit:

If you weren’t able to make it to the big event, watch the video recap courtesy of R11 Studios and check out all the photos on Flickr. The web site is still accepting donations as well, so if you weren’t able to participate this year, you can still donate to keep kids on the path to lifelong success.

Thank you to everyone who fundraised, supported, sponsored or helped spread the word about Trudy’s Bowl for Kids! Because of you, BFK 2014  was a huge success.

Were you at BFK? Get your photobooth pictures from MyEventIsTheBomb, or your team photos from Flickr. What did you think of the event and how many years have YOU bowled for kids?