One Love 4 Kids

Rating: 4.68 stars   60 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: PO Box 2704 % Shernet Dixon James Germantown MD 20875 USA

Mission: Our Mission: One Love 4 Kids's mission is to improve educational, economic, and health outcomes for impoverished children and families in Jamaica and the Caribbean Region. The organization supports parents and caregivers so that they can empower their children and support community-wide enhancements in education, health, and development. Our Vision: One Love 4 Kids's vision is to create a fully educated and empowered society by: supporting children, parents, and communities and by removing barriers to education in Jamaica and the Caribbean.
Results: In 2011, One Love 4 Kids (formerly Caribbean Student and Community Outreach (CASACO) Foundation provided food, clothing, health, and education supplies tom more than 500 children in Kingston, Jamaica. In the summer or 2012 One Love 4 Kids held its first Summer Literacy Outreach Program. The program served 40 registered children (and a few unregistered). Children were tutored by volunteers to improve basic math, reading and literacy skills. During daily sessions, children were fed a warm lunch. Al the end of the program, children were awarded with school supplies and books.
Target demographics: Inner City children that that sick, abused, disbaled and living in poverty.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 300
Geographic areas served: Jamaica
Programs: OL4K Help: Providing various supplies and funds to support meal distribution, education, health and community enhancements programs that support students Read to Succeed: We donate books and provide resources to needy children and school libraries Lamar’s Chair/Exception Children Network: Providing support to children with disabilities and their families Parent Partnership: Providing resources and support to impoverished families and families with children with disabilities
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

I am pleased to be a co-founder, volunteer and president at One Love 4 Kids - a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization serving children and families.


One Love 4 Kids (OL4K) is a small, but growing organization that has seen tremendous growth in the number of children, schools and families that it serves every year. Each year since 2007 OL4K has provided food, clothing, school supplies, health and career advice and much more to needy children and families in Jamaica. However, the great thing about OL4K is our volunteers' awareness that children are best understood within the context of their homes, families, schools, community and society. Consequently, OL4K utilizes an integrated (family, school, community…) approach as it aims to meet the education, health and economic needs of sick, disabled, abused and poor children in Jamaica.

You can make a difference by joining our group of caring board members and volunteers who make it possible for many children to develop in productive members of their families, communities, schools and society.
Thanks and One Love Always~

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?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I serve as a Board Member for the CASACO Foundation. This foundation is helping uplift the lives of impoverished Jamaican children who live in orphanages and underprivileged neighborhoods. In 2007, CASACO foundation provided over 1000 children and their families with basic necessities such as food, clothing, and school supplies. These efforts have increased in numbers and magnitude each year. Since Ms. Dixon-James travels to the Carribean every year to facilitate the foundation activities. These activities have helped uplift the lives of children, their families and in turn their neighborhoods. They have also helped promote literacy development and academic success. I am a firm believer in giving back and Shernet Dixon-James has shown us how to do this through her leadership on the foundation. Winning the $5000 would really help the foundation reach more children and communities in the Carribean.

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

I helped arrange fundraising events, collect, package and ship items to Jamaica.

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

I would work to increase donors and sponsors to help expand the organization.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been working with One Love 4 Kids for 4 years and the organization has done an excellent job in organizating and putting of small to medium programs in poor volunerable communites, scholls and childrens homes. While doing the nonprofit work they do so well, the organization manage to keep close ties with the communites, schools and childrens homes that the organizstion help. As I see the future misssion of this organization, incontinueing to bulid on the foudation that it has established. By doing so, One Love 4 Kids will continue to serve the under served, poor and disenfranchised that so desperately need the help the organization provides.

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?

Life-changing

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: 3 stars  

I have been working with CASACO Foundation for over 3 years. The foundation provides clothing, school supplies, toiletries, wheel chairs and other goods services to impoverished communities, schools, and children homes. Each years the foundation hold christmas charity events in Jamaica, that brighten lives and make children and adults christmas enjoyable. Casaco also provide literacy services to under served communities such as the Top Range and Hampstead Park communites in Kingston Jamaica. These are services that the communities lack. Casaco does a wounderfull job with providing services to the needed and impoverished with supplies and services that are lacking and needed in the mentioned communities.

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

Kingsto Jamaica

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

To be able to raise more funding inorder to provide to provide more needed services to the impoverishe communites.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I have worked with the CASACO foundation as a board member for the past two years. I have personally been involved with the outreach that CASACO has provided in Jamaica. This past year I was able to take part in a service project in the Kingston neighborhood of Mountain View. About 200 children were treated to speakers, games, food and supplies for food. The foundaton included speakers from the government and the local police to try and ispire the children to do what is right in their community.

I also felt that the event could have been better organized in regard to the clean up after the event. We should have set up garbage bags throughout the facility in which the event took place so all of the garbage could have been deposited by the people who were discarding the garbage. Many people just dropped their food containers on the ground rather than in garbage bags.

Other than that I feel this particular event was a success due to the high volume of participants and the fact that everyone stayed for the entire event.

Supplies for the event were gathered in a number of different ways. Some of the supplies were purchased by the CASACO foundation officers at local stores. Other items were donated by CASACO contributors. We also collected items in White Plains, New York at a local Church of God, International congregation that we have partnered with for future events.

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

Seeing the joy on the children's faces after receiving school supplies and a free meal. Seeing how various volunteers who have contributed have been personally rewarded by giving of themselves and their resources.

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

Try to have the organization work on their organization skills and planning.

 
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