Join Amanda in support of 2013 Kids Co.'s Virtual BBQ: An Event Raising Dollars for Childcare "Schoolerships" (Free Agents)


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What is the Kids Co. Virtual BBQ?
The Virtual BBQ is an online event designed to activate our community to raise money for the Kids Co. Scholarship Fund. By the end of FY’13 we anticipate awarding an astounding total of $405,000, which will fund over 300 scholarships to families who need help.
How does it work?
Each Kids Co. center has a robust team of volunteers whose mission is to reach out to their friends via email, social media, and word of mouth to raise money for the Scholarship Fund. Kids Co. has a suggested goal of $85 per volunteer but many people aim higher! Every $300 raised sends a kid to one of Kids Co.’s 11 centers for a whole month. The Virtual BBQ’s overall goal is $15,000, which will fund 50 scholarships for families who need financial assistance.
Where does my money go?
All donations go to the Kids Co. Scholarship Fund, which awards childcare to families who are experiencing financial strife and need a helping hand. Of the 1,500 children enrolled in one of Kids Co.’s 11 centers, 20-25% receive tuition assistance in order to attend; 70% of these awards go to single-parent households.
Why participate?
The welfare of our children is the foundation of a healthy community. The majority of working families with young children need childcare, yet many households simply cannot afford the cost. Childcare costs are second only to housing. The Kids Co. Scholarship Fund makes it possible for families on stretched budgets to attend a high quality childcare program. Your participation removes financial barriers so all kids have access to safe, fun, and educational programs.
How do I know my donation will make a difference?
Soon after you make your donation you’ll receive a story and photo about a family whose lives you have changed!

Special thanks to our sponsors:

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Aug 10
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Beth gave 10 for after school care
Aug 9
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Jeffrey made a 20 contribution
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Macrae Foundation gave 10 for after school care
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Gretchen made a 100 contribution
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Amanda made a 25 contribution

The 2013 BBQ is Heating Up!

I have a soft spot in my heart for kids (and I bet you do too) so I’m helping local, cash-strapped families enroll their children in Kids Co. programs so parents can work. If you’re not familiar with Kids Co., it is a local nonprofit, onsite at 11 public schools in Seattle and on Mercer Island, that care for more than 1,500 children, ages 2 ½ to 12, 52 weeks a year. What makes Kids Co. extraordinary is that not once in its 24 year history has this nonprofit turned away a child from enrolling in its programming for reasons of financial circumstance. When you think about this, it’s incredibly impressive, especially when you realize that we are talking about thousands of children-over 300 alone this year!

Now, you may ask, who are the families that need childcare support? Most are working parents–70% are single moms–who need their kids in safe before-and-after-school care so they can go to work; a handful (4%) are either disabled or students; and, although families from all 11 centers are awarded tuition assistance, 70% go to families in one of Kids Co.’s three Southeast Seattle sites. This neighborhood is the most culturally and economically diverse in the Pacific Northwest.

So join me! My initial ask is $10 but you can give more (or less), set up your own page (like mine right here), or even apply for a Kids Co. scholarship yourself! Be original, nourish your soft spot, and help kids attend childcare in your own unique way.

Whoo Hoo - the Virtual BBQ has kicked off. Take a peek (sent July 19)

Kids Co. at Adams (in Ballard) had a REAL LIFE BBQ kick off party for their parent. It was a lot of fun.

Kids Co. is a leading provider of childcare for families in the Puget Sound region.

Cassidy and SydneyKids Co. is a leading provider of child care for families in the Puget Sound region. Its welcoming environments give kids the support they need to create lasting friendships, explore the world of play and imagination safely, and discover and nuture their many gifts and talents.

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