Big Brothers Big Sisters of Knox County held its “Bowl for Kids Sake” yesterday at Northgate Lanes. Organizers including local case manager Erica Bell say more people bowled than last year, and raised over $19,000.
Bell tells WGIL the money raised will go a long way toward making sure local kids who want an adult mentor can have one.
“It takes about $1,000 a year to support every match that we have, which consists of a child and a volunteer,” Bell said. “We currently have 33 matches in the county, so that’s $33,000 a year. All of the money that we raise here goes directly to support all of those matches.”
Bell says there is currently a waiting list as well of children who still need a match. Anyone who wants to participate can call the Big Brothers Big Sisters office in Galesburg. Participants must go through things like a background check before they’re matched with a child.