Youth Mentoring Bowl-A-Thon deemed successful ...

Helping Services for Youth & Families is proud to share about the community’s support of the 2023 Youth Mentoring Bowl-A-Thon held March 26 at King Pin Entertainment Center in Decorah. Local sponsors and 52 bowlers raised $8,400 to help provide adult role models for youth in Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek Counties. Appreciation goes out to all the bowlers and their donors. There were many cheers as bowlers experienced strikes, spares, and even gutter balls. Pictured in the submitted photo above is the team of Hattie, Martha, Kaden and Tim preparing to take part in the 2023 Youth Mentoring Bowl-A-Thon

Pre-event community sponsors included $500 contributors Family Table, Mabe’s, State Farm agent Paul Hudson, Gillette Pepsi, Melissa Lea Reicks Foundation, the Allamakee County Attorney’s Office and the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Department. The event’s $300 sponsors were Randy’s CARQUEST Auto Parts, Decorah Bank & Trust/Cresco Bank & Trust, Gundersen Health System, Marine Credit Union, Winneshiek Medical Center/Mayo Health System, and Ziegler CAT. Pre-event $100-$200 donors included Bodensteiner Implement, Burke Real Estate, Bruening Rock Products, Inc., Cindy Simpson, Colleen Wetli, CUSB Bank, Decorah Lions Club, Driftless Integrative Psychiatry, Hawkeye Sanitation, KAR Auto Group, Kelly Real Estate, Kwik Star/Trip, Mississippi Welders, Perry Novak Electric, Say Now!, and Waukon State Bank/Viking State Bank.

Youth Mentoring in Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek Counties provides an adult mentor to youth ages six to 16. Mentors spend a minimum of four hours a month with a youth doing simple things together. Currently, 27 youth are making memories with a mentor, and 21 youth are waiting for a mentor. For information on how to be part of the excitement of mentoring at Helping Services, contact Kathy or Colinne at 563-387-1720,, or online at Serving families since 1973, the mission of Helping Services for Youth & Families is to support healthier and safer families and communities throughout northeast Iowa.