Folks volunteer their time in support of Big Brothers
The rain clouds couldn’t keep people away from the Golden Eagle Golf Course on Saturday, April 24, when a hundred plus golfers gathered for the 4th Annual Adam Durakovic Best Ball Tournament for Big Brothers.
Big Brothers is a one-to-one mentoring program that traditionally matches volunteers with boys who have limited, or no contact with their fathers. An evaluation of their program showed that boys who participated developed better attitudes towards school, had higher levels of self-confidence, were more likely to trust their teachers, had improved relationships with adults, and achieved higher grades in key subject areas.
Most of their funding revenue comes from Big Brothers sanctioned events and donations, and they raise 90% of their own operating costs. Money raised goes towards such things as volunteer screening and training, monitoring friendships, volunteer recruitment, and new program development.
Event organizer, Jason Smith, planned the first tournament in 2007 to honour his best friend Adam, who was tragically killed in a car accident. Adam’s family is also heavily involved, and they chose to support Big Brothers because he volunteered with the organization.
The first best ball tournament included a $10 donation to Big Brothers with every ticket sold. Since those humble beginnings, it has grown to include hole sponsorships and corporate donations. The event in 2009 raised an impressive $7,000, and won the Big Brothers award for largest donation from a private event. This year’s tournament topped $9,000, and Smith is amazed at how many new people sign on to support them every year. “At the end of the day, this is about Adam – remembering him and celebrating his life in a positive way. The way that the community has chosen to support this tournament through donations, the number of new golfers we have every year, it’s incredible – we’re creating a legacy in Adam’s name that will benefit a lot of people.”
And more people should emulate Smith and get involved in their community, or volunteer with organizations that they believe in, like Adam Durakovic. According to Volunteer BC, as of 2007, nearly half of British Columbians volunteer, but the number of average annual hours is down. They also found that only 25% of BC’s volunteers were contributing a whopping 71% of all volunteer hours – a pretty sobering statistic considering how much volunteers contribute not only to charities and foundations, but the province’s overall economy.
As a volunteer myself I know that the more you do, the more you get asked to do. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does illustrate that many non-profit organizations are stretched pretty thin with a limited number of resources, and a limited number of people to fill necessary roles. So whether it’s sports, arts & culture, or education that peaks your interest, there’s a non-profit organization waiting to hear from you.
For more information on the Adam Durakovic Best Ball Tournament, contact Jason Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Post by Kerri