The work of non-profits went on despite a difficult and stressful 2020. Necessary adjustments and too often cancelations hampered fund-raising efforts and special events that support their work. Despite the challenges, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Helena set high expectations for the new year focusing on serving more youth and building strength and unity in the organization. They suggest three ways you can help them reach their goals: become a Big yourself; become a financial donor; and refer kids that can benefit from a Big to the program. Big Brothers Big Sisters Helena held an “At Home” Wine Crush in May but is moving forward with a safe and enjoyable “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” January 29th and 30th at the Sleeping Giant Bowling alley off Highway 12E. The fundraising event will adhere to all health department protocols. However, for those who prefer to keep their distance, you can still participate virtually. This year’s theme for the annual event is “Masked Superheroes”. Although the event looks a little different, Executive Director Jesse Mahugh points out that the need in the community hasn’t changed. “First,” says Mahugh, “you can form a team, fundraise and bowl as usual“ To keep bowlers safe, only 4 bowlers will be allowed per team, and every other lane will be used to keep teams spaced out. Bowlers will be asked to wear masks when not eating or drinking. “We’ll have a costume contest, as well as pizza and trivia! All the fun, on a much smaller scale!” said Mahugh. “Second,” she continued, “you can participate virtually! Fundraise for BBBS and play our virtual bowling game on your computer or smartphone! You can also use platforms like Zoom or Facetime to play with your team, friends, family or Littles. We will have special prizes for high scores in our virtual game, as well as a virtual costume contest! Get creative -- get your work-from-home “coworkers” to join you (i.e., your dog, children, etc.)! Businesses can also create special contests just for their employees, such as a Wii bowling event. We’d love to see what you can come up with, and we will award special prizes for creativity.” But that’s not all. New for 2021 is a “Ski for Kids’ Sake” event which is similar to the BFKS. So, says Mahugh, “Grab your buddies, wax those skis and start FUNdraising!” Details for both events are available online at www.bbbs-helena.org and on the BBBS Facebook page.