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Mission: The mission of the Chelsea Foundation is to provide children with tools that encourage literacy, stimulate creative thinking, and reward effort. These tools are designed to help children motivate themselves into becoming successful students who choose to lead purposeful and productive lives. We believe that education, training, and proper guidance provide a strong foundation that help children to build their own future.

Results: The number of children submitting their work to us let us know that they like what we are doing and the opportunity that it provides. The Chelsea Foundation is a 501(c)(3) that works to produce and promote the Quality Effort Award Program. See the art created by the Castle Land Illustration team posted on the Castle Land Art Gallery web site; it introduces children to art if only to encourage them to submit their work to be hung on the walls of the castle. Our illustrators depict Castle Land and increase the weight of the program's anchor, as every picture adds a thousand words to every story and helps us to take literacy across curriculum. Each story acknowledges feelings and helps us to empower students to examine their own potential, while they gain information, learn about friendship and find value in being a part of a team!

Target demographics: US elementary school students and their teachers!

Direct beneficiaries per year: Students

Geographic areas served: National

Programs: The Quality Effort Award; it encourages learning while shares the advantages of learning. It introduces children to the arts, as Castle Land stories fan their imagination while helping them to see their own potential. Chelsea's Beacon introduces them to many subjects that cover their interest, expanding their desire to know more about their world. From geography to math, to history of the world and America, music, art, poetry all are subjects that are found in Chelsea's Beacon. Every child is encouraged to find what interests them and how it can play a greater role in the possibilities of their own future!

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Chelsea Foundation's mission as a non-profit is to provide children/students with tools that will help them succeed both in the classroom, and later in life. These tools include encouraging literacy, helping them to think creatively, and rewarding their effort. They think that, especially with students under age 12, if they are taught these skills, they will fare better in school, and in life. I have been working with them, on-and-off, since the summer of 2013. I can honestly say, based on my work with them, that I could not have found a better way to both gain work experience, and get myself a good reference for when I am out in the working world. I have done a few different projects with them, such as editing stories from their online magazine, Chelsea's Beacon, to converting a longer story of theirs into a screen-play (which was my first project with them), to editing a grant request, and I also wrote an article for a magazine that they are looking to distribute to the schools that they work with. I am currently in the middle of writing another article for them, pertaining to Asperger's Syndrome. Kathleen, the Executive Director whom I exchange e-mails with, has been very helpful to me. She is always eager to find something for me to do, and is always very cheerful in her e-mails to me. The Chelsea Foundation has been a good start for me, as I look to become a professional writer in my adult life, and I think that anyone, now or in the future, who works with them will benefit from that experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering as a writer and proofreader with The Chelsea Foundation since the Spring. My experience thus far has been so rewarding. It gives me the opportunity to use my passion of writing to help youth become more involved in education. Education is crucial, but sadly overlooked by many young people. The Chelsea Foundation encourages young people to find their voice in whatever drives them and makes the world a better place! Kathleen is a beautiful person and leader. I believe the work of her foundation will do great things for our future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If I were to start a nonprofit organization, the general idea would likely be similar to The Chelsea Foundation's mission. Lightening a teacher's load and helping children set and achieve goals--what could be a better focus for a nonprofit to make today's life easier for educators and students and tomorrow's world better for everyone?

Children (and adults, for that matter) can get hours of enjoyment reading the online stories and articles in _Chelsea's Beacon_ for FREE. If readers learn something while enjoying themselves, so much the better.

I've only been volunteering a week and I'm amazed at all the thoughtful ideas from the various awards to the magazine are available. Although I live several states away and haven't met any of the other volunteers or staff members in person, I feel as if I'm a part of an excellent team.

I'm thrilled to have discovered The Chelsea Foundation and their website. I'm honored to be a part of their good work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you believe in education, then you would think the Chelsea Foundation is a worthy cause. If you believe in children, then you would think the Chelsea Foundation is a worthy cause. I started volunteering with this organization five years ago and am as dedicated to it as ever. Though I have never met any of the other wonderful volunteers I work with or Kathleen, the foundation's stellar, persistent and caring executive, I feel as though I have met them. Emails from Kathleen or the Foundation are a bright part of my day and I look forward to continue serving this cause!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a former board member, I was involved in helping plan and carry out several Braves fundraisers. 2005, 2006, 2007
It was fun, friendly competition among the volunteers.
I have been to visit the DOE of Ga. and met with staff to discuss the journal, awards, and distribution of the Beacon, the newspaper for the Chelsea Foundation.
Kathleen, has a vision to enhance the education experience. Jennie Glasgow has been a wonderful addition to the Chelsea Foundation.
It is exciting to see how much progress has been made.
Debbie Yost

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been working with the Chelsea Foundation for 6 years. Kathleen has a vision and is persistent enough to make this vision a reality. This is why I have stayed with the organization for so long.

sarahcbittel

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kathleen O'Malley Brown, Executive Director and founder of The Chelsea Foundation, is a prolific and generous woman who's seen her vision of a better educational environment for all children from conception to realization. She is involved in every facet of the foundation and works tirelessly to polish the project as a whole. One of the ways she achieves that is by recruiting the best, brightest, and most dedicated professionals in such fields as illustration, creative writing, and education. I am priviledged to work with such people in the creation of The Chelsea Foundation's flagship publication, Chelsea's Beacon.
Kathleen is available with constant guidance for me, as I create illustrations to flesh out the inspiring stories of the authors. Stories and subjects are often worked on by teams, and we are able to give the feedback needed to make Chelsea's Beacon perfect. And all of this is put together with a diverse group of people across the globe, working inside the virtual word towards a common goal: an educational and entertaining format for teachers and students.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love making inspiring art for children, so when I read about The Chelsea Foundation, I knew it was the place for me. The whole world they've created promotes family, dreams, happiness, and safety. The residents of Castle Land are charming, smart, and lovable. It's really a very beautiful tapestry that The Chelsea Foundation is weaving together!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In these tough economic times in which funding for educations is being cut severely, this nonprofit organization is offering free assistance to teachers and students. They are truly dedicated to offering sound educational activities which can be used in and out of the classroom free of charge!

As a retired teacher, I appreciate their effort, and I offered my services to assist in their noble endeavor.

The Chelsea Foundation Inc

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If I knew the kind of work load I was putting ahead of myself I might not have agreed to commit to this non profit when my son asked. He had experienced the Quality Effort Award as a child, and witness himself the impact it had on his classmates. He knew that the program took him from a failing reader of 1.6 to a 3.9 in less than three months. He wanted to share it with every failing reader in America, because he knew what a difference it could make. He knew that all children can read, if given the right kind of encouragement. They can become good readers as he did, without being held back. So he asked if I would not and encouraged me every time we hit a road block, giving poignant advice.

So I have worked, and worked, volunteering thousands of hours of time to make this happen, and soon we will have finally pulled it all together. It would not have happened without the dedication of many. We are blessed with some amazing, and committed volunteers. We never hit a roadblock where everyone did not meet it with suggestions that produced solutions.

Today we begin taking literacy across curriculum, helping teachers to help their students to become all that they want to be.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For me the Quality Effort Award Program is about the children! Children have been central in my life as far back as I can remember; parents marveled over what I could accomplish in behavior changes that they could not. My answer was always the same - I zeroed in on what motivated them, not collectively, but individually, explaining why I remain committed to this program. Individual motivation is central to this program, and why it works!

Kirstin G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only recently joined Chelsea's Beacon as a writer, but it already holds a very special place in my heart. I was so taken aback at the kindness of the volunteer staff. We all share the love of reading and, as adults, aspire to share that love with children -- especially as arts education is declining across the country.

Chelsea's mission is to motivate and inspire children's literacy and creative thinking. I am thrilled and humbled to be a part of it! Through my stories about "Gabby Gorilla" I hope to boost children's self-confidence, adventurous spirits and curious minds. We are all very dedicated to Chelsea's Beacon and to the kids who dream along with us. I can't wait to see the newest issue! And I can't wait to see the creative work Chelsea's team has inspired in its young readers!