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Bowl, volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comBowl For Kidsandamp;#8217; Sake Grass Valley participants included Bigs, Littles and members of the local community.
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Help provide mentors to local at-risk kids, without the commitmentBringing a mentor into a childandamp;#8217;s life produces amazing results. Boys and girls who are matched with Big Brothers or Big Sisters are 46 percent less likely to use drugs, 27 percent less likely to use alcohol and 55 percent less likely to skip school. In addition, 70 percent improve their performance in school after being matched.*That is a BIG deal.Currently, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County andamp; North Lake Tahoe supports more than 25 such matches in the Truckee-North Tahoe community, and they need your help to grow programs in the region.While theyandamp;#8217;re always looking for potential mentors, they know not everyone who cares deeply about the youth of our community has the time to devote to being a Big. However, there are many other ways to get involved:BBBS is looking for volunteers willing to help plan and execute fundraising events in the region, the largest of which is the Bowl For Kidsandamp;#8217; Sake bowl-a-thon scheduled for Oct. 8, 2011 at Bowl Incline.They always need day-of volunteers to help run events, including the bowl-a-thon in October.They need people excited about the chance to get the local Fund Development Committee off the ground to ensure Truckee-Tahoe programs are self-sustaining.They would love to find folks willing to help us spread the word about Big Brothers Big Sistersandamp;#8217; programs to local service clubs.They are in need of one smart financial expert or accountant andamp;#8212; preferably someone with nonprofit financial forecasting experience andamp;#8212; to consult on how to set up accounting practices for future success. Really, itandamp;#8217;s only few hours of your time!Matches always need fun, inexpensive things to do in the community, so if you are a business owner and would be willing to give our Bigs and Littles discounts on activities or services, please ask about Match Advantage program.And we are always in need of financial contributions, of any amount. Every penny helps ensure that one more child gets the support and attention they need to grow up right.Any of these opportunities can be as large or as small a time commitment as needed, and we are happy working around your schedule and only assigning you tasks that excite you.So whether you have 10 hours a week or just two hours a year to give, know that any time you choose to spend helping our agency will directly improve the lives of at-risk children in our community.For volunteer opportunities or more information, please call the Truckee office at 530-587-7717. You will have a big impact!*Statistics courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters of AmericaLike Rock andamp;#8216;nandamp;#8217; Roll? Like to bowl?Interested in helping to ensure kids in our community grow up with the support they need?If you answered andamp;#8216;yesandamp;#8217; to any of the above questions, start making plans now to for the 2nd annual Lake Tahoe Bowl For Kidsandamp;#8217; Sake challenge on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Bowl Incline. With a Rock andamp;#8216;nandamp;#8217; Roll Bowling theme, the wit and wisdom of emcee extraordinaire Jim Simon (accompanied REO Speedwagon founder and Big Brothers Big Sisters Board President Alan Gratzer), and the opportunity to bowl with your closest friends, family, co-workers or even complete strangers andamp;#8212; all while raising much-needed funding for Big Brothers Big Sisters local programs andamp;#8212; itandamp;#8217;s going to be a night to remember. For more information on how to form a bowling team and take part in the fun, please visit http://www.BigsOfNC.org or call 530-587-7717.Connect on FacebookFind out more about your local Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter by becoming a fan of the agency on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/BBBSNC.Truckee officeThe BBBS Truckee office is located upstairs in the Nevada County Courthouse Building (aka the Joseph Government Center), 10075 Levon Ave., Truckee. Visit http://www.bigsofnc.org.