In 1990, Debbie Spaide and a group of children got together to rake a lawn for an elderly neighbor in New Canaan, CT. A few weeks later, the same kids made 150 bag lunches for a soup kitchen. During these experiences they learned how great it feels to help others. They told their friends and in just a few weeks the group had grown to over 50 enthusiastic young people. That was the beginning of Kids Care Clubs.
Kids Care Clubs are groups of young people who work together to help others in their communities and around the world. Clubs are formed in schools, churches, synagogues, Volunteer Centers, and other community-based organizations. Today there are more than 1,400 registered clubs and 75,000 kids in the United States and countries including Australia, Canada, China, and Nepal.
Each month, Kids Care Clubs posts different service projects, which include step-by-step instructions, compassion and issues education, meeting activities, additional resources and information on possible service partners. In addition, Clubs can download a Start Up Handbook, will receive a monthly e-newsletter and a subscription to Young Heroes magazine, and are eligible for in-kind product donations and mini-grants.
About Points of Light & Hands On Network
Points of Light & Hands On Network inspires and mobilizes people to become engaged, take action and solve community problems. We cultivate a dynamic network of linked civic hubs, corporate partners, nonprofits, and citizen leaders to engage volunteers in meaningful community change. We are building a change movement?achieving scale and impact by inspiring a culture of service and offering practical tools, new ideas and innovation to the civic space.
About the Quaker and Kids Care Clubs Partnership
Kids Care Clubs is excited to welcome Quaker as our premier partner. Quaker will play an important role in helping us to build awareness and develop additional resources so that we can continue to develop compassion in young children and inspire them to take action and make a difference in their communities.