The generationOn Kids Care Club program engages elementary school-age children in communities across the country and the world, enabling them to participate in on-going service opportunities that help them become caring, compassionate and capable young people. With the generous support of Debbie Spaide, the founder of the Kids Care Clubs, generationOn is excited to recognize outstanding Kids Care Clubs who have demonstrated excellence in service this past year. Clubs across the nation applied and were judged based on the creativity of their service projects, their participation in generationOn programs and the impact made on their community.
Ten Kids Care Clubs are being distinguished for their incredible accomplishments within their club, volunteers and communities! Each club will be given $1,000 to continue their service and generationOn is eager to see what projects they develop.
Check out just some of the work done by our amazing Kids Care Clubs of the Year!
- Autism Serves Kids Care Club of Clark County of Vancouver, Washington is made up of youth on the Autism spectrum. Club members have served in multiple issue areas from military and veterans services to animal welfare, all while promoting Autism awareness and acceptance. Some of their projects included folding 2,000 Walk & Knock grocery bags and collecting 3 car loads worth of food for a local food bank, sorting 40 boxes of books to support literacy initiatives and walking in a local parade, promoting Autism acceptance to 20,000 parade attendees.
- Kids Care Club of P.S. 173Q of Fresh Meadows, New York has collected over 600 pounds of food for City Harvest, recycled 8,647 water bottles and soda cans as well as collected and shipped out 10 large cartons of winter clothing for refugee families living in Croatia. Club created superhero "Capes for Kids" to uplift children living in shelters and receiving care in hospitals with the support of the FamilyFun grant, and were featured on The Today Show for their incredible work!
- Club members from the Stoney Brook Jr. Volunteers Kids Care Club in Alexandria, Virginia have individually volunteered 1,000 hours of service each! Club members intern with partner nonprofits to create programs that benefit their community including literacy programs, summer camps and a computer course. Additionally, club members created a haunted house to raise funds and food for their community, assembled 204 Good Neighbor Packages to promote peace and kindness and as Joy Maker Ambassadors, distributed 250 toys to youth across the DC Metro Area.
- The Big Hearts Big Change Kids Care Club of Clinton, South Carolina encouraged their peers to practice kindness by placing cans filled with 'Random Acts of Kindness' suggestions on cafeteria tables and placed inspiring messages on every student's and teacher's desks. Additionally, they procured donations to create 100 Goodnight Bags for kids living in shelters after the devastating floods in South Carolina.
- WRBMS Kids Care Club of Derry, New Hampshire raised over $4,200 at their annual 5K walk through their community. The fundraiser helped the club purchase gift cards to help 40 local families in need. The club also donated money to help with their school's annual Veterans' Breakfast, which helped to purchase food and gifts for each veteran and breakfast for 125 attendees.
- The Forest Park School Kids Care Club of Woodhaven, New York has created a culture of service at their school. They host school-wide drives and have collected over 400 pounds of food, cards for their local senior center and 236 toothbrushes for people in Haiti.
- The Key Biscayne Kids for Others Kids Care Club from Key Biscayne, Florida fundraised and donated gas cards for families of children with cancer to help ease the burden of travel costs. They also received a FamilyFun grant to create superhero "Capes for Kids" to uplift the children receiving cancer treatment. Lastly, club members adopted a kindergarten class, where they tutored students and encouraged kindness through games, shows and projects.
- Red Hill Kids Care Club of North Garden, Virginia has utilized their entire community to support animal welfare. While the club made animal beds to donate to a local shelter, the club members asked students from their school to make dog treats and toys for animals at a local shelter and requested food and supply donations from the community. Additionally, they made postcards for service men and women and encouraged the rest of the school to make their own and hosted an assembly, inviting military parents to visit as club members read their messages to them.
- The Kids Care Club from Sandusky, Ohio put on an event at The Ohio Veterans Home for Family Volunteer Day, where the club served and celebrated 427 residents! They also made trick-or-treat bags for the kids at VOA Crossroads homeless shelter to spread the Halloween spirit. Lastly, club members creatively decided to make seed bombs to attract butterflies and help with pollination.
- The P.S. 203 Kids Care Club from Brooklyn, New York celebrated the New Year with senior citizens in a local nursing home. Club members organized a dance and provided gifts to each attendee. Additionally, they hosted a penny drive and raised $650 to support their school's neediest families and collected over 600 cans of food for their local food pantry.
Congratulations to these 10 Kids Care Clubs for their outstanding work throughout the year! We are so proud of them - and all of our clubs - who work tirelessly all year to make their communities and the world a better place!