Kids Care Clubs started in 1990 with the mission of developing compassion and inspiring a spirit of volunteering in elementary and middle school children. Clubs are led by an adult facilitator and implement meaningful hands-on service projects, locally, nationally and globally.
Goals and Objectives
- Inspire, equip, and mobilize youth to take action that changes the world and themselves through service.
- Develop compassion and social responsibility in elementary school children so that they might have a life-long commitment to service.
- Educate kids about the issues and provide meaningful hands-on projects for kids to respond to their world.
- Help parents, teachers and youth leaders promote civic values and compassion in their homes, schools and communities.
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.
generationOn Kids Care Clubs are groups of young people, led by an adult facilitator, who work together to help others in their communities and around the world. Clubs are formed in schools, churches, synagogues, HandsOn Action Centers,Volunteer Centers, and other community-based organizations.
Each month, generationOn Kids Care Clubs posts different service projects, which include step-by-step instructions, compassion and issues education information, fact sheets for kids, meeting activities, additional resources and information on possible service partners. In addition, Clubs can download a Start Up Handbook. generationOn Kids Care Clubs receive monthly e-newsletters, and are eligible for in-kind product donations and mini-grants.
Youth participants gain...
- The ability to identify and address community issues through creative problem solving and action.
- Improved civic consciousness and societal awareness including an appreciation for socio-economic, cultural, and generational diversity.
- Improved leadership, self-discipline, self-esteem, empathy, critical thinking, and relationships with peers and adults.
- Opportunities to explore skills, interests and career possibilities and to strengthen their college applications.
Organizations and communities gain...
- The energy and creativity of youth in addressing community needs.
- New perspectives on youth as assets.
- A new generation of caring and experienced citizens, activists and volunteers - tomorrow's civic leaders.
- Increased public awareness of key issues.