Neediest Kids helps students in ten local school districts get the basic essentials they need so they can get the education they deserve.
During the last school year, Neediest Kids provided the basic essentials to 40,000 low-income students so they could succeed in school and break the cycle of poverty, including eye exams and glasses, school supplies, new coats and clothing, shoes, uniforms, personal care items, food, school fees and other necessities.
Neediest Kids serves the following school districts:
· D.C. Public Schools
· D.C. Public Charter Schools
· Montgomery County Public Schools
· Frederick County Public Schools
· Prince George’s County Public Schools
· Alexandria City Public Schools
· Arlington Public Schools
· Fairfax County Public Schools
· Loudoun County Public Schools
· Archdiocese of Washington
Only through education will the next generation have a chance to break the often intractable cycle of poverty. A public education can total $12,000 a year, a cost that is borne by the entire community because we understand how critical it is to educate our children. It is a tragic waste of our community investment if the child is unable to receive an education because of a lack of eyeglasses, scientific calculator or winter coat. Imagine the impact if that child does receive the basic necessities that he needs. The child absorbs knowledge and thrives, his family is uplifted by the child’s success, and our community is enriched and improved. When that child is an adult, the chances are far greater that the next generation will not need Neediest Kids’ help—all from a small but indispensable investment in a new pair of shoes, school uniform, or shampoo and deodorant.
Neediest Kids seamlessly provides children with eye exams and glasses, school supplies, new coats and clothing, uniforms, personal care items, food, school fees and other necessities with a minimum of paperwork but with the maximum accountability and efficiency.
A teacher, social worker, nurse or other school professional notices, for example, that a student is having trouble reading the whiteboard, stays in at recess, or has begun having attendance problems. The school professional contacts the Neediest Kids coordinator in his or her school district. The coordinator then enters a few bits of data into the award-winning and innovative Neediest Kids portal. Within a day, that child receives a Purchase Order his family can take either to Hour Eyes to obtain glasses, Target for clothes and coats, Safeway for personal care items and food, Payless for shoes, or Burlington Coat Factory for clothes and coats. Within a couple of days, Staples will send the required school supplies or Risse Brothers will deliver the required uniforms directly to the student at his or her school.
Neediest Kids turns a $1 donation into $3 of goods and services for at-risk children in DC, Maryland, and Virgina. Won't you donate today and help a child succeed in school and break the cycle of poverty?