Youth Mentoring at Helping Services for Youth & Families is hosting an exciting bowl-a-thon on Saturday, March 21 at Arrowhead Lanes in Waukon. This event aims to raise $7,000 to connect youth in Allamakee, Howard, and Winneshiek counties with a mentor. Currently, 104 people are involved in Youth Mentoring at Helping Services. Now is the time to strike up a conversation with your friends, neighbors, club members, and co-workers to form a team to bowl. Proceeds support those youth and adults being friends in mentoring. You can be involved in two important ways: register to bowl and/or donate to the cause.
Registration is now open online. Form a team of four members or sign up to bowl individually and Helping Services will pair you with others. Anyone can bowl at this event. Bowlers do not have to be associated with mentoring to bowl. Bowling times are 10 a.m., Noon, and 2 p.m. Bowlers are asked to register by Friday, March 13 to get their preferred bowling time. After registering, bowlers are asked to seek donations of $25 or more to support the mission of Youth Mentoring. Donations can be collected in person and online. Those collecting more than $25 can be recognized in a special way at the event. Bowlers can also have even more fun by dressing to fit the rock and roll theme wearing shades, leather jackets, and tie dye shirts.
“This fundraiser is a great opportunity for community members to gather with their co-workers, friends, and neighbors while raising money for a worthy cause and have fun bowling together,” states Kathy Schwartzhoff, Mentoring Coordinator at Helping Services.
If bowling isn’t up your alley, you can still be involved. Donate online or mail to PO Box 372, Decorah, IA. You can also contribute when a bowler asks you to support their team. Your contribution is tax-deductible, and it gives many area youth a person who supports them and creates opportunities for them to experience new things.
Thank you to the area businesses who have already contributed over $5,000 towards the $7,000 goal!
Gold Sponsors donating $500 include: Randy’s CARQUEST Auto Parts, Steve and Alison Elwood, Mabe’s Pizza, Marine Credit Union Foundation, and Central Square Technologies. Becky Anderson from Decorah’s Marine Credit Union shares, “Marine Credit Union has a long history of supporting Youth Mentoring with our staff as volunteers and giving much-needed funding to support more kids having a role model to look up to.”
Silver Sponsors contributing $300 include: Family Table Restaurant, Farm Bureau-Nick Wilz, Harman Realty, and Mayo Clinic Health System.
Rock Star Sponsors donating $100 include: Arrowhead Lanes, Casey’s General Stores, CIA Insurance, Cunningham Hardware & Rental, CUSB Bank, Darold Berger Masonry, David and Julie Olson, Decorah Lions Club, Don’s Sales & Service, Gundersen Health System, Hovden Oil, KAR Auto Group, Kelly Real Estate, Martin Funeral Home, Mike and Karen Boguslawski, Mississippi Welders, Nordic Chiropractic, Paul Hudson, State Farm Agent, Sweeney Real Estate, T-Bock’s Sports Bar & Grill, Thrivent Financial, Waukon Feed Ranch, Waukon Greenhouse Flowers & Gifts, and Ziegler CAT. Six additional businesses have also contributed to the mission of Youth Mentoring.
Mentors spend a minimum of four hours per month with their youth just being their friend. Mentors can be individuals, couples, and/or families. Short-term mentoring opportunities, which are a great way to get started, are also available and help provide rich experiences for area youth. For more information on how you can become involved in this rewarding volunteer opportunity or how you can part of this rockin’ good time, contact Kathy or Colinne at email@example.com or (563) 387-1720.
Serving families since 1973, Helping Services for Youth & Families is dedicated to responding to current health and safety needs of youth and families through empowerment, support, and education.