I want to share with you an opportunity to help our most vulnerable at-risk children and their families in south Columbus.

I want to share with you an opportunity to help our most vulnerable at-risk children and their families in south Columbus.

For more than 13 years, I've done volunteer work at the South Side Learning and Development Center. South Side was created in 1924 to provide early learning and support to young children to help them prepare for success in school. Its purpose also is to help their parents be able to work or go to school and seek employment.

South Side literally has helped thousands of young ones over the years and it's wonderful to see what these creative folks do with minimal resources.

Please help us spread the word about South Side's annual Bowling for Children fundraiser on June 25. The event provides much-needed money for our operations supporting our children and families. This is our 21st year holding the event and it currently is our only major fundraiser. Kurt Ludlow from WBNS-10TV is our master of ceremonies. We are looking for lane sponsors ($100 and up) and for teams of bowlers. If you sponsor a lane by Friday, May 27, we'll put your name (or your organization's name) on the back of our bowling T-shirts. For information visit www.southsidelearning.org/Fundraising.html.

The event itself is a lot of fun, as well, so feel free to join us. Bowling for Children is scheduled from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl, 3224 S. High St. This is a great bowling facility. If you haven't been there before, come down if you have time to "spare."

Keeping our operations funded is so critical, even as we continue to make great progress on our capital campaign. Every dollar counts so much, especially these days. We really appreciate your support.

If you have any questions or suggestions, don't hesitate to let me know. You can contact me at rleighty@merionvillage.org. Feel free to forward on information about this fundraiser to any of your friends who support helping at-risk children and their families.

Bob Leighty is a south Columbus community activist, president of the Merion Village Association and president of the board of directors for the South Side Learning and Development Center. He also is in charge of training offered by the Economic and Community Development Institute.