Many children in the Courierarea would benefit from having another caring adult in their lives. Sometimes parents - many of them single parents - need help providing quality time for their children.

That's where programs like Big Brothers Big Sisters come in. And, that's where you can help. On April 20, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson County will hold its annual Bowl for Kids' Sake fundraiser. This is the 16th year for the event. The proceeds will support mentoring programs provided by the organization.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is now recruiting teams to participate in the bowling event. Team members will be asked to solicit pledges, and prizes will be awarded for the top fundraising teams.

On Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the "Wake Up and Help A Child Today" kickoff event will be held at 411 W. Main St.

It is there that you can learn about the event and how to form a team to participate.

Studies show that one-on-one adult mentoring of children works. Researchers have found that 18 months after joining a program children are 46 percent less likely to begin using drugs, 27 percent less likely to begin using alcohol, 53 percent less likely to skip school, and 37 percent less likely to skip a class.

That all adds up to a much better outlook for a child who receives mentoring from an adult through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

The donations of money and time are a small price to pay to help a young person embark on a life of happiness and productivity.

Bowl for Kids' Sake is about so much more than bowling. It's a chance for community members to gather with friends, co-workers - even strangers - for a day of fun with the ultimate result helping children through the financial pledges the bowlers collect.

Form a team, support a team or just contribute to the cause however you can. Make a difference to our children.