To accomplish Our Mission to better the community in which we live and work, for adults and children, Bath Volunteers for Service currently conducts fundraising events each year.
Our experience in reviewing each grant or scholarship application received has strengthened our resolve to continue fundraising to help meet the many unmet needs of the Bath and Greater Akron community.
Currently, Bath Volunteers for Service, a 501(c)(3) public charity, conducts three fundraising events. Each event requires significant planning and membership involvement to ensure success. All proceeds support the philanthropic efforts of BVS and are utilized for grants to non-profit organizations in the Greater Akron area, local financial need scholarships, and merit awards for student volunteer service.
The three fundraising events conducted annually include:
- The Tour of Distinctive Homes, now in its 45th year and the largest fundraising event BVS conducts in terms of volunteer hours, sponsorship from individuals and local businesses and proceeds to the Charitable Giving Fund. This event has become a tradition to experience many of the best homes and gardens in the area and was held June 1-12, 2023. Stay tuned for information for the next Tour in June 2024.
- The Bath Horse Show is conducted annually in August, with the 79th annual show held in 2023. Bath Volunteers for Service and Bath Pony Club sponsor this weekend of competition, and all proceeds are equally divided to help each organization continue their respective outreach programs in the Bath and Greater Akron areas.
- Trivia & Tacos is held in the Fall and is a social and competitive fundraiser. Trivia teams compete for prizes in a festive atmosphere testing great trivia minds while enjoying great food and drink. The silent auction provides ample opportunity to take advantage of local sponsor gift baskets. The 6th annual Trivia & Tacos was held Friday, November 10, 2023.
In 2023 because of its members’ fundraising efforts this past year, BVS has been able to donate over $50,000 back to the community!
Nearly $50,000 in grants to 35 area organizations was awarded in March 2023 to area service organizations through a formal grant process, an additional $700 to local civic associations, and another $5000 to the Revere Local School District in scholarships and grants.
In addition, special membership drives were held that raised over $3,000 for the Salvation Army, CASA pajama drive (collecting pajamas for children in temporary care through the court system) and nearly $1,000 for a “Calming Corner” in Revere High School’s Counseling Office.