Our Military Kids Inc
Rating: 4.98 stars 340 reviews
Issues: Children & Youth, Philanthropy
Location: 6861 Elm St. Suite 2A McLean VA 22101 USA
Results: Through the generosity of its donors, Our Military Kids has provided nearly 53,000 grants totaling $21M to military children living in every state and U.S. territory. Parents have reported through periodic surveys that 80% noticed an increase in stress or anxiety in their children during deployments and 89% indicated that participation in the activity positively impacted their children by reducing some/all of their symptoms of stress. In addition, 99% reported that participation significantly contributed to the overall well-being of the entire family. For every dollar donated, 93 cents directly supports a child.
Target demographics: Military children aged 3 through 18 years of age.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Provided grant awards to cover fees for 3,500 military children.
Geographic areas served: Nationwide
Programs: sports, arts, camps and academic tutoring.
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For the past year and a half, I have been PROUDLY serving as a volunteer Graphic Designer for Our Military Kids. The reason I chose to volunteer at this organization was because the mission at OMK hits close to home for me. I am the mother of 3 military kids (ages 10, 4, and 2), and I know first hand how hard deployments and separations are on the whole family, especially the children. My own children had a hard time with my husband's year long deployment, and I wish I would've known about OMK during that time. Now I know. So next time, I won't be so alone. Organizations like Our Military Kids will be able to help, and I plan to tell all my military friends & FRG all about OMK when their deployments come up.
Being a part of the OMK team has been one of the most fulfilling roles in my life. Not only is the team easy to work with, but I know that all of us: the Director, Staff, Volunteers and Donors have the children's best interest at heart. Not only have I read stories, but I've listened to kids first hand, on how much impact OMK has made on their lives. For some, this organization has saved their lives.
OMK is invaluable to the military community. That is why I continue to proudly serve as a volunteer at Our Military Kids. Knowing that I can be a part of a great organization such as OMK and make an impact in people's lives means the world to me.
I have been performing volunteer work for “Our Military Kids” during the last ten years. Throughout this period I have experienced enormous moral satisfaction and personal joy from the happiness expressed by children who receive grants from “Our Military Kids”. The knowledge that the grant packages are such a great source of encouragement and caring urges me to continue my efforts in support of this wonderful organization. I am also overwhelmed by the emotional acknowledgements from the parents who are extremely thankful for the special consideration accorded to their children while a parent is deployed. “Our Military Kids” fills a void in the lives of kids who bear the burden of an absent parent and I am proud to be part of it.
OMK makes a difference! They provide services that no one else does, in an under served population of the military family. I'm proud to have worked with the organization recently and hope to see the around for another 10 years.
This organization is wonderful! They blessed my daughter with 6 weeks of Summer Camp along with some of her field trips paid for as well. This was great because her father is deployed and it helped get her mind off of him not being here right now. Thank you so much!
I have been a volunteer for Our Military Kids for many years. The staff and the Executive Director are dedicated to the organization's mission of serving the families of our Guard, Reserve and wounded military personnel. There is a concerted effort by all to make sure that most of the funding goes to serve the military families and that very little is used for administrative costs. The staff and volunteers are devoted to the mission. I am delighted and honored to be a volunteer with Our Military Kids in order to thank our military who serve and protect us so well.
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I used this program with my kid last year and we have a great experience with the YMCA of Puerto Rico (Swimming classes). I recommend to others parents to uses the grant of Our Military Kids. It's a big opportunity for development of our kids in any area (sports, arts, tutoring). We are grateful for the help they gave us.
My name is Sissy Vyskocilova without the Our Military Kids Inc. i would have such a hard time of putting my childrens in camp. Thank you for this type of program that they have for our military family you know that most of our military family can not afford plus most of the time the spouse is deployed and they are left alone with kids is an excellent program and has been a huge help in relieving some of the financial stresses for all the military family. Again i would like to say Thank You to Our Military Kids Inc for helping us while my husband was deployed and he is now back home safe without the Our Military Kids Inc we did not know what to do. Thank you and God Bless the Troops.
When my husband deployed to Kosovo, my 3 children each received $500 dollars towards music lessons. Both of my boys are learning to play the guitar and my girl is learning to play the piano. Because of The Military Kids grant money, I have three happy children.
Military Kids is amazing! Deployments are very difficult on the children and Military kids recognizes the children for their service. It is a bright spot during very long deployments. We are very grateful for such a wonderful program.
In the past, we've only had funds for our child to attend one summer camp per year.
With the support of this program, we were able to send her to three different camps this summer. She was afforded a science program that was not only educational but a "wow" factor. In addtion, she was able to attend two christian-based programs, which she really enjoyed.
A HUGE thank you to those who support this program, and I'd recommend everyone taking advantage of this benefit.