BERKELEY COUNTY KIDS WHO CARE INC

Rating: 4.75 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Education, Environment

Location: PO Box 491 Goose Creek SC 29445 USA

Mission: To raise environmental ethic in Berkeley County by administering an environmental project competition in our schools and working as a resource to upgrade environmental science teaching.
Results: In the twenty years since it was founded, KWC has served over 55,000 children, and has awarded over $75,000 in grants to the winning schools to buy equipment and supplies for the enhancement of environmental teaching. Some examples of the items that the teachers have purchased with the grants are an arbor for the playground at the school to provide shade and grow plants to attract birds and butterflies, microscopes, science books and materials, compost kits, greenhouse kits, and garden supplies
Target demographics: Berkeley County, SC children in grade K5-5th grade.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 4500 children
Geographic areas served: Berkeley County, South Carolina

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Great organiztion. Well run and makes a difference to the children.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with KWC from the very start. First as a volunteer and later as a board member. It is so wonderful to see the children's faces as they "get it" when the speakers talk about environmental education. NatureScope is a 2 day field day filled with educational speakers. You cannot get this much information in the classroom. The children get to touch it and experience it. This is great!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Going from a slogan contest with only a couple of middle schools represented to this year over 90 projects were submitted.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Maybe expand it to the surrounding counties.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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Rating: 5 stars  

Wonderfull organization to help spread an environmental message to K-5 children of Berkeley County. The 2-day jamboree in Santee Canal Park is a great outing in a beautiful setting to help increase the environmental awareness of children and their teachers and parents.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the excitement and curiosity of the students and teacher when they learn and understand the impact that they can make through simple steps, recycle, turn the water off, turn the light off when not in a room, etc.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Look for ways to further partner individual schools with stakeholders (government, industry, business, church) over the course of the year to have some continuing involvement.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Proud - for the work that I do, the company that I work for, and for providing me the opportunity to share that story with children

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have been a board member for Kids Who Care now for almost ten years and each year I get reminded anew of how much of an impact this program has on the school children in Berkeley County. For many children, it is the first time in their lives that they have had a chance to see some of the wildlife exhibited - let alone getting a chance to be face-to-face with them. The same goes for many of the hands-on exhibits that give the children a greater understanding and respect for their environment and environmental science.

This raising of environmental awareness is continued in the classroom both through the science projects that the children create and through the grants awarded to the winning classrooms that are used to further promote environmental science in our county.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have had several students over the years tell me of something they learned or remembered seeing at Naturescope. In many cases, they told me how they took that lesson home and tried to have their families apply it.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help develop a better source of funding and grant applications to ensure that the program continues.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have been a board member for 2 1/2 years and I have to say this is one of the most rewarding volunteer experiences I've ever been a part of. As a parent of two children who have had the opportunity to attend Backyard NatureScope Kids Who Care I never knew what my children were able to experience in that field trip to Santee Canal Park until I actually became a part of the board and volunteered at the event each year. It is very educational and all the volunteers seem to love what they do, including me.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

just seeing the happiness and excitement on all the children's faces.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not change anything

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been on the board for Kids Who Care for quite a few years. I have children who have attended NatureScope. This organization not only instills good environmental ethics in our students it also demonstrates good leadership and community involvement as well as teamwork. What better partnership could you ask for between schools and businesses? My only wish would be to branch out...challenge other counties to get involved and maybe even take our competition outside Berkeley County. Some of the projects are really great and could certainly be shown beyond our local community. From classroom to the world we are making our environmental footprint, one student at a time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Personal satisfaction from seeing our students (K5 - 5th graders) get so involved with their projects. They really understand the importance of what their part is. The field trip (NatureScope) strenghtens their connection with their world.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

To get more businesses involved. Variety of input definitely can enhance any organization. To keep the partnership we have with Berkeley County Schools.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

After my child and I attended NatureScope I found out I worked with some of the board members and the reunion was formed.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Teaching our children to be good stewarts of their surroundings.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Teaching our children to be good stewarts of their surroundings.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Laurin and I am a 3rd Grade teacher at Sedgefield Intermediate. I was very excited to hear about this program. Not only because it would allow for my students to attend a field trip to the Old Santee Canal Park, but also because of the great opportunity it gave my students. This project allowed my students to really understand the importance of helping the environment and recycling. Our class project involved us reusing milk cartons and giving back to the environment by turning the cartons into bird feeders. The students also benefited because it taught them how to work together and learn from each other. I cannot wait to see how much my students get out of their experience at Old Santee Canal Park, and just them knowing that they were a key part to them earning this field trip will teach them a deep appreciation of hard work. I also believe that people naturally benefit from giving back to others... This project was a wonderful experience. Not to mention that my class won a $500 grant (1st place in the 3-5 individual competition)!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Sedgefield Intermediate

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

N/A

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Kids Who care Program not only provides grants for the winning projects, but a Nature Scope field trip for all participants. This allows our children to feel valued whether they win or lose. The Nature Scope field trip gives our students a variety of fun science experiences. The process is easy to apply for and easy to execute. Support is given if needed and they are always available to answer questions

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

We won a $ 500.00 grant this year as a first place winner in the third through fifth grade group project.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I like them the way they are.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have been participating in this program for 8-9 years. It is a great program to expose the students to environmental issues. They enjoy the program and really enjoy the field trip.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The effects it has on the students!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think it is wonderful! Maybe advertise it more so more students get involved!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a kindergarten teacher in Berkeley County and have found the Kids Who Care board to be an amazing group of dedicated volunteers who truly want to inspire the youth of today to be environmentally aware of the impact we have on this earth. They are there from the beginning of the school year with contacts available to volunteers in a wide array of businesses to help teachers with their project ideas. The NatureScope field day they put together is superb, and provides an opportunity for students to experience a full day of science outside the classroom. As a bonus, they award monetary prizes for projects and my class project just provided a $200 prize that will help enhance our environmental science studies. This non-profit organization ROCKS!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

having an on-going, sustainable project that has excited my class. It is very empowering to 5 and 6 year old children to be doing something that is so far reaching.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them get the word out that they exist! Encourage more local (and even national!) businesses to get on board. We are doing exciting things in South Carolina! Help us to continue to empower our youngest scientists!

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