Brief History of Bentwater Volunteer Families 11/15

 

The Bentwater Volunteer Families (BVF) organization was founded in the summer of 2015. 

 

 

 

Ms. Kellie Anderson, a resident of Bentwater and parent of two teenaged children, presented her vision of an organization to the BCA Board at their July, 2015 Board Meeting.  She stated that the BVF‘s goal would be to “foster parent/child relationships through local community service with philanthropic agencies and other non-profit organizations.  The BVF would be composed of three pillars: philanthropic service, leadership development and cultural awareness.”  In September of 2015 the initial membership of the BVF consisted of 16 families.

 

 

 

The BCA agreed to “sponsor” the formation of the organization by listing the BVF as a “special project” within the BCA.  With the exception of the funding of the rental charge for four monthly BVF meetings at Bentwater’s Yacht Club annually, the BVF is financially self-supporting with funds generated by annual membership dues.  At the conclusion of each membership year (June 30th) any balance in the BVF’s treasury is donated to a local non-profit organization. The recipient of this donation is determined by the student membership of the BVF.  In June of 2016 a $1000 donation was made to the Conroe Animal Shelter.

 

 

 

Membership to the BVF is open to all families with children between the approximate ages of 11 to 18 residing in Bentwater.  Each teenage member is expected to complete 20 hours of philanthropic service, attend 5 leadership development meetings and attend one cultural event annually.  Parents are expected to accompany their teenaged children in their activities with the BVF.

 

 

 

As of October 1, 2016 the BVF has grown to an organization with 24 family memberships made up of approximately 22 adults and 50 children, incredible growth for an organization just one year in existence.  All members have enjoyed multiply volunteering opportunities with organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Conroe Animal Shelter, Woman’s Shelter of Conroe, the Bentwater Civic association’s recycling events, Grammy’s Cookie Boxes (organization that sends gift boxes to our armed forces), Ole Town Montgomery Fest, Christmas Caroling at area assisted living centers and nursing homes, Bridgewood farms, and the Special Olympics, to name a few.

 

 

 

Some other additional programs presented to the membership include a presentation by The Healthy Living Mobile Cooking School, a tour of the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program in Conroe, a presentation by a representative from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and a presentation, by the Safe School Manager at Crime Stoppers of Houston, focused on internet safety for students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two cultural events attended by members include “The Last Lifeboat” and “Anna Karenina, both presented by the Montgomery High School Theater group,