Compassion - Caring - Joy - Hope - HealingKimberli Meadows
Points of Light Foundation &
Volunteer Center National Network
202-729-3238

 

"More Opportunities for Youth to Engage
in Volunteer Community Service
"

Washington, D.C, April 2001 -- The Points of Light Foundation announced today that it is increasing its capacity to engage youth in volunteer community service across America. It has added two successful programs, Kids Care Clubs (www.kidscare.org) and FamilyCares (www.familycares.org), formerly associated with Child Charitable Development Association (CCDA), to its youth outreach initiatives.

“Kids Care Clubs have been very successful in encouraging the development of compassion and volunteerism in children,” said Robert K. Goodwin, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Points of Light Foundation. He went on to explain that the Foundation has offered a number of youth programs, but really needed a program to engage elementary and middle school children in volunteer service. “Kids Care Clubs and FamilyCares has developed a world-class program for elementary and middle school children,” said Goodwin, “but needed the support services and national infrastructure that the Foundation could provide. It was a perfect match for both organizations.”

The Foundation plans to develop additional training materials and resources for club leaders, encourage more active youth leadership, solicit new partners to fund the expansion of these programs and work with Volunteer Centers to integrate the programs locally where feasible.

According to Deborah Spaide, President of CCDA, and Founder of Kids Care Clubs and FamilyCares, growth of the programs has been phenomenal. “We started these programs to encourage compassion and charity in our own children, and now after 10 years, over 25,000 children are engaged in service through clubs across the country.” Spaide added that the rapid success of the programs necessitated the need for an organization like the Points of Light Foundation to sustain the momentum.

Founded ten years ago in New Canaan, CT, Kids Care Clubs have nearly 800 clubs in 49 states, Guatemala and Nepal, located in schools, churches, synagogues, Volunteer Centers, community centers, and even homeless shelters.

Kids Care Clubs is unique in that it provides service projects, compassion education, model programs and charity partners monthly, centered on issues like literacy, hunger and the elderly. Kids Care Clubs also sponsors FamilyCares, a program to provide families with the information and material via the web to assist families in engaging in service.

Parents, teachers, individuals or other organizations interested in starting a club may contact the Kids Care program staff at (914) 533-1101 or kidscare@pointsoflight.org for additional information about the programs.

The Points of Light Foundation and the Volunteer Center National Network support millions of volunteers in thousands of communities who are helping to solve some of our country's serious social problems. Together with local Volunteer Centers, the Foundation provides national volunteer leadership; raises public awareness; builds knowledge, skills and programs for volunteers to succeed; and provides the local delivery systems to mobilize volunteers. Visit www.pointsoflight.org for more information.

CCDA, a nonprofit, multiracial and non-denominational organization, is dedicated to the development of compassion and the spirit of charity in children.

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