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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Automotive Safety, Crime & Law, Crime Prevention, Disaster Aid, Health, Public Health, Safety Education

Mission: The mission of KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25® is to make streets safer for all who walk, ride, play, and drive. Doing so preserves lives and relationships.

Results: Over 1600 communities have initiated a Keep Kids Alive campaign. These represent 49 U.S. States, 3 Canadian Provinces, the Bahamas, and Queensland State, Australia. Oceanside, CA saw a 16% decrease (6 mph) in average speeds when implementing a Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 yard sign campaign. As the first community to initiate "America's Trash Talks to Keep Kids Alive," Oro Valley, AZ realized a 13.5% decrease in average speeds on neighborhood streets - 24.5 mph on average.

Target demographics: Residents of every neighborhood in the U.S., and when possible, beyond.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,000

Geographic areas served: United States, as well as communities across the globe.

Programs: Consultation and Presentations to Community/Neighborhood Groups, Schools, Businesses, and Municipal Leaders on developing comprehensive neighborhood traffic safety education campaigns that include: America's Trash Talks to Keep Kids Alive Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 Stop! Take 3 To See Seat Belts-FASTENATING! It's Not A Race! Create Space Be Aware! Drive With Care No Need To Speed Check Your Speed A License to Live - An in-school safe-driving education and marketing campaign that is student driven. Parenting at the Speed of Life Annual "Run to Remember" as part of the Pikes Peak Ascent Trail Race in honor of loved ones who have died in traffic incidents.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Keep Kids Alive is a wonderful non-profit and I believe has really made a difference in the Omaha community. It's a simple reminder to the community to slow it down in our neighborhoods, especially where kids are present. -Sgt. Erin Payne, Omaha Police Department

1 Jackie R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tom Everson and I met through tragedy, my daughter Erika's death in an auto accident. Through tragedy we have strived for grace and good. Tom Everson and Keep Kids Alive bring positive through pain....beauty in the ashes. What an amazing group of people doing what they do for the good of the community and even beyond. Keep up the good work guys!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Keep Kids Alive....Where do I start? What a incredibly hard job they are working, protecting our children. I lost my beautiful daughter Erika Joy in 2008 in an automobile accident. Tom Everson found me through my non-profit for Erika and I joined on the bandwagon to promote driving safety. The goal is obvious and the need is great. We must try and save our children. Tom's non-profit works tirelessly to save our children and remember the ones we have lost. What an inspirational and amazing group of people. If you find you need somewhere to pay it forward....Your telling yourself it's time to give back....then give to Keep Kids Alive.....It's the most important thing you will ever do....help protect and save our beautiful children. Thank you and have a wonderful life!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first became acquainted with Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 following the loss of our 16 y/o son and a high school classmate in a motor vehicle crash in 2012. Our daughter was able to participate in the Live Forward! Run To Remember event in both 2015 and 2016 running in memory of her little brother and several young people from Idaho. Our family was blessed beyond words as KKAD25 opened their hearts to us and helped us find common ground with other families who have suffered similar losses. Together, we are all learning to "Live Forward". We encourage every community to invite KKAD25 and their programs to help save lives!

1 Toni41

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bill and I lost our Son Andrew ,August 8,2014. He had just turned 34 the 28th of July. He was involved in a head on collision. I was contacted by a friend who knew about Keep kids alive, drive 25.

I was then contacted by Tom Everson...he and this orgonazition was a gift from God..
Bill nor I had talked with anyone who had ever been through what we were going through.

Our friends and families were trying so hard to help us just to keep it together. But they could only do so much.
Tom told us all about a weekend where we could meet other families and share our story. We would also hear other families share theirs. We were able to know just what each other was going through and we developed life long new friends who shared each other's grief.
It was so healing to be with these other families. We laughed,we remembered our loved ones, we cried. But we healed. It was truly a blessing.

If it had not been for this organization, I'm not sure Billy and I would have been able to make it through this devastated loss.
We have now gone for 2 years and as long as we can, we will continue to go. To see old friends and to meet the new ones who have become members of a club no one should ever belong to. A grieving parent.
God bless, Tom, his family, this organization, all the famili we hav met.
We love you all dearly, Billy and Toni Smith

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've had the distinct pleasure to work with KKAD25 to create a program in Alameda in conjunction with the national Walk to School program. We were extremely successful and Tom Everson was creative and collaborative in working with us. There is nothing more fulfilling then working together as a community to make our town safer for all and particularly kids walking to school.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started the Conor Lynch Foundation when my 16year old son was killed by a distracted, hit and run , non-licensed driver. Tom and his organization have been not only a great inspiration to me and the Conor Lynch Foundation but also been a guiding light in the area of street safety. This organization operates from the heart at all times. Tom is constantly reaching out to families who have lost loved ones in the street. So I am a client and a donor and a supporter of Keep Kids Alive and a friend of Tom's because of all they do to KEEP KIDS ALIVE! Thank you Tom and team.

Jan_35

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an excellent organization that helps so many who have lost a loved one in vehicle accidents. Tom & his staff work hard to promote safe driving & to honor the memory of our loved ones with their Pikes Peak Run. We lost our 20yr. old daughter, 10 yrs ago in a car accident & she's been remembered for the last four years when we found this organization. Thanks to KKAD25 for bringing awareness to safer driving & remembering our loved ones. Jan Anstett

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tom Everson and Keep Kids Alive, Drive 25 is one of the most dedicated organizations, I've come across. We devote a monthly page in our newsletter on the programs, articles and news worthy events that he sponsors. He came out to Phoenix to help us with the Drive 25 trash decals in our neighborhood which got Moon Valley High School involved passing them out. Tom is a dedicated individual that is worthy of any and all sponsorship he can obtain. Keep up the good work Tom! By Vicki Allen, Phoenix, AZ, Cactus Park West Neighborhood News, Web: neighborhoodlink.com/phoenix/cpwna

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Tom_KKAD25 09/18/2013

Thanks for your affirmation and for all the commitment and efforts of Cactus Park West in implementing KKAD25 locally. It is citizens like you that make the mission happen across the country.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Tom and his KKAD25 program at a Neighborhood USA convention over 10 years ago. I brought his KKAD25 program back to the City of Roseville, Ca. I got the City to cosponsor the KKAD25 program thoughout Roseville. We have the decals on garbage cans throughout the city. Driving in residental neighborhoods is a problem all over America. I sincerely believe this program has saved many lifes in our city. I urge anyone reading these reviews to start a KKAD25 program in your city.

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Tom_KKAD25 09/16/2013

Thank Jim. KKAD25 does not happen without committed citizens in communities across the country to lead the way. Thank you for leading the way in Roseville.

Mandy F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has endured the over whelming loss of my 7 year old baby boy, Matthew. During this time we have been graced with meeting many loving, caring people and organizations. One of the organizations I would like to recognize is, “Keep Kids Alive Drive 25”, created by Tom Everson.
The mission of this organization is to create public awareness of obeying the posted speed limit signs, especially in residential areas and support families who have lost loved ones due to careless/reckless motorist. This organization has helped me to connect with other grieving families and motivate me in pursing to educate others of the tragedies that can be a result of speeding. We all know it only takes seconds to have a life changing incident happen and all I ask is that people just SLOW down. We, the motorist have taken the responsibility to operate a motor vehicle and should do so with respect to the laws, other motorist, pedestrians and more importantly the children; who may run out into the road for a ball, their dog or on a bike.
Mr. Everson has dedicated himself for this cause and has reached out to my family, consoling us and letting us know that we are not alone that there are other families who can empathize that burning overwhelming feeling of emptiness you have left in your heart, feeling as if you’re alone, hopeless and broken.
Mr. Everson is making a special trip to meet with me and my family on Sunday, to have dinner and show his continued support. It takes special Angels here on this earth to comfort a broken heart and we are honored to be able to meet with him. We will forever be grateful for Mr. Everson and this cause.

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Tom_KKAD25 09/13/2013

Thank you for your kind words Mandy. We are privileged to know you and Nick and to honor Matthew through our mission.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 is an inspiring organization taking on an enormous task. The compassion shown to families who have lost children in traffic accidents brings great comfort. The determination to learn about each and every story and share it with every opportunity shows those families that their child *still* matters and is not forgotten. We commend this organization.