Kids Can Community Center has received a $283,500 grant from United Way of the Midlands.
The grant money will benefit children, older adults and our neighborhood families. This year the United Way supports five different programs at Kids Can:
The Early Childhood Education Program prepares children between 3 and 5 years old for kindergarten. Seventy-one percent of the children’s households earned less than $20,000 with one or both parents working full-time. With the help of this grant, Kids Can will prepare children academically, socially and physically for success in school.
The Out-of-School Program serves children between 3 and 13 years old. These children become successful in school, increase their positive behaviors and improve their social skills. With this grant, our children will develop skills that will prevent delinquency through educational and recreational activities in a safe and structured environment.
Our Tutoring and Mentoring Programs empowers school-aged children to achieve success in school, improve their study habits and create positive relationships with adults. With the help of this grant, Kids Can will provide homework assistance with an emphasis on math and reading to children between 5 and 13 years old. We offer a mentoring program where children build confidence and self-assurance through continued connections with an adult mentor.
The Older Adult Program helps seniors to increase or maintain their independence, physical health and social well-being. With this grant, Kids Can provides transportation to doctor appointments and grocery stores as well as the Salvation Army and Corrigan Senior Centers. Kids Can also hosts a senior center that offers a nutritious lunch, social time, and bingo for older adults who are mostly retired and live modestly on fixed incomes.
In collaboration with other organizations, our Neighborhood & Community Services Program provides free or low-costs goods and services to meet the ongoing or short-term basic needs of vulnerable children, families and older adults. Most of the participants require assistance because their households earn less than $30,000 annually. With this grant, Kids Can provides goods and services as well as a free or low-cost facility for educational, recreational and celebratory events to approximately 4,000 people per year.