BERKELEY COUNTY KIDS WHO CARE INC

Rating: 4.75 stars   12 reviews

Issues:

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
Write a Review

See How 3Hrs Can Help

Invite people to share their experience with this nonprofit!

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Community Reviews

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.

Was this review helpful? 
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

Was this review helpful? 
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

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with KWC for the past 11 years and have found it to be one of the most fun experiences I have ever had. Run entirely through dedicated volunteers.

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

The smiles on the children's faces when they see a barn owl for the first time, or when they learn about the layers of soil and how to prevent erosion.

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

I can't think of anything to change!

Was this review helpful?