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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Philanthropy, Public Foundations

Mission: Our Military Kids provides substantial support in the form of grants to the children of National Guard and Military Reserve personnel who are currently deployed overseas, as well as the children of Wounded Warriors in all components and branches of military service. The grants from Our Military Kids pay for fees associated with athletic, fine arts, and tutoring programs. Keeping the children engaged in activities of their choosing, helps to relieve the stress of separation from the military parent by providing a positive distraction, minimizing emotional destabilization, building self confidence and enabling academic achievement.

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.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Janice25

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I served as a Child, Youth and School Services Liaison to a Wounded Warrior Unit at Fort Gordon, GA for 4 years. Our unit served approximately 350 to 400 Wounded Soldiers. Our Soldiers were very excited to have an opportunity to give something to their children for their sacrifices. Our Military Kids provided my soldiers this opportunity. So many soldiers visited my office and thanked me on behalf of their children. They were very excited when their children received the certificate and patch as well as the scholarship. The Our Military Kids staff were wonderful people to work with. They cared deeply for Soldiers and their children. Military children pay a great price in the service of their country with little to no recognition but Our Military Kids remembers and recognizes their sacrifices and says "thank you" in a big way! On behalf of my Soldiers and their children I say Thank You for all you do!

Aubrie W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a therapist that works with military children on a regular basis, I have seen multiple families benefit from the wonderful opportunities provided by Our Military Kids. They make deployment easier to bare.