Quick takes – March 19th

Aiding good cause

If you were unable to participate in the Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser March 5 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bartholomew and Brown counties, don’t fret. You still have time to help. Foundation For Youth is accepting donations toward the cause through March 31.

Any additional funds received are likely to help Big Brothers Big Sisters meet its $100,000 Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraising goal. The event drew 78 teams of bowlers plus online donors to raise about $99,000 for the program, which matches at-risk children with positive mentors.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is the only fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters and generates about 40 percent of the program’s total budget. It’s a good cause and one worth supporting.

Help appreciated

Home-improvement projects sometimes can be a challenge for senior citizens, so lending a hand to complete the tasks is a kind gesture.

IUPUC is offering such an opportunity from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 2 with The Big Event, a second annual service day intended to help senior citizens in the community. This is a nice idea and a great volunteer opportunity for help-minded residents.

To volunteer or learn more, contact Joan McCluskey, IUPUC coordinator of leadership and community service, by calling 812-375-7534 or sending an email to joanmccl@iupuc.edu.

Additional tours nice touch

The Columbus Area Visitors Center has extended its offering of architectural walking tours, offering a pilot program for free 90-minute tours that are at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, through March 31. Such tours normally cost $15 and are on a couple of Saturdays during warm-weather seasons.

Additional tours at no cost are appreciated. By showing off the city’s architectural gems and explaining their histories, residents learn more about their city and visitors make a connection to it. That’s a great value.