Kathleen’s Bowling for Kid’s Sake team: Split Happens
(left to right) Mitch, Maria, Julian, Erika, Kathleen, Billy & Josh
“Work to live and live to serve for the Greater Good”
– SoftVu’s President & CEO, Tim Donnelly
SoftVu aspires to exemplify our core values in our day-to-day activities and within service acts that provide value to our local communities and our extended global community. SoftVu’s VuGooders believe in broadening their communal awareness, opening their hearts and minds, and providing body and brain muscle to benefit those in need.
Officially I am an active member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City (BBSKC) – Big Impact Group (B.I.G.) Board Member. Unofficially, I regularly volunteer for church activities, attend fundraising events and run races to raise awareness for a variety of different causes such as cancer, abuse of women, dementia/Alzheimer’s and charities specifically geared toward benefiting children.
I’ve always had an interest in becoming a Big, but never felt like it was the “right time”. Having a Little is an enormous responsibility and quite frankly, super intimidating. I didn’t want to be the type of volunteer that “had to make time” for their Little. I wanted to make sure I would be a reliable mentor for this person who had accepted me into their life. Instead, I decided to reach out and see what other volunteer opportunities were available and that’s when I found the Big Impact Group (B.I.G.). I felt this was a great opportunity to really immerse myself in the organization and to learn more about what this organization stands for and believes in. I found myself filling out the application and before I knew it, I was accepted! I honestly was shocked when I found out the big news!
As a B.I.G. Board Member, I am responsible for fundraising and raising awareness of BBBSKC’s mission. Along with fundraising, I also help recruit volunteer mentors. I help plan and coordinate fundraising events throughout the year such as Bowling for Kid’s Sake, RISE – Rooftop Bar Crawl and the Holiday Task Force.
Growing up, I always felt a little behind. As a first generation kid and coming from an immigrant family, we had quite a few cultural differences. I was always nervous or scared to ask a question thinking someone might think I’m stupid. Now, as an adult, I realize that I shouldn’t have felt that way and no question is ever stupid. This is exactly why I love BBBSKC. This organization enables me to directly help the 11 year-old me who was scared to ask, ‘How do I do this?’ or ‘Where do I get that?’. I want to make sure that every kid has an opportunity to share their thoughts and ask their questions – and not feel silly about it! This organization is about creating friendships and relationships and really extending your family. Knowing that I am actively helping form those relationships is more than I could ever ask for.
Being on the B.I.G. Board has really enabled a side of me that I didn’t know I had. I really stepped out of my comfort zone to go above and beyond to ask people to help fundraise and donate. I’ve always been so shy about asking people for help – so this was a huge step for me. I’m so excited to say that my very first fundraising event I was able to fundraise and recruit a total of $9,420.
There are plenty of ways to get involved with BBBSKC! Besides choosing to become a Big, at anytime, you can give financially by making a one time gift, which covers costs for recruiting Bigs, you can donate monthly as a Match Maker, or you can sponsor specific projects for the organization. Along with your financial donations, one thing most people don’t know is that you can donate your clothes to any Savers store, you can drop off your donations at any local blue bin, or you can schedule a pickup from your home. BBBSKC makes it very easy to donate without taking too much of your time.