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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services

Mission: To enhance the self-esteem of children in need by providing them targeted financial assistance that will facilitate their participation in scholastic, recreational and social activities.

Results: Alice's Kids provides direct assistance to children in grades K-12. In 2015, we spent $19,623 on children but by 2020, that amount increased to $270,000.

Target demographics: Children in need in grades K through 12.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 6000 children in 2020

Geographic areas served: 41 states and the District of Columbia

Programs: Over the years we have built a network of hundreds of teachers, social workers, police department personnel, homeless shelter staff and others who, upon identifying a child with a specific need, send us a request form for assistance. The child might need a winter coat or glasses, They might hide in the back of the classroom as others are exchanging senior yearbooks that they could not afford or cannot attend school because they cannot afford the school uniform. The teacher asks for help and we process the request within 24 hours. In the case of a gift card (e.g., the child needs track shoes), we might send the teacher a Dick's Sporting Goods gift card. The teacher prints it out and presents it to the parent who then can proudly announce to their child that they are going shopping for those shoes! All of our assistance is provided anonymously to help preserve the dignity of the child.

Community Stories

278 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alice's Kids helped two young boys that I work with to buy a laptop so that they can do their remote classwork on something other than an old smartphone. The process of applying for the money was easy, helpful, and compassionate each step of the way. Thank you Alice's Kids!!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alice's Kids has been nothing short of remarkable over the past 3 years we have been using them in Berkeley County, WV. I am a Communities In Schools site coordinator and I have called on the help of Alice's Kids many times as have my colleagues. Often times we do not have the immediate resources to help some of our students and families. Alice's Kids has helped many of our students with basic needs of clothing, glasses, shoes, etc. They respond quickly and send the voucher, what feels like immediately. Our students and families are always grateful and I have always been able to count on Alice's Kids to help support our students in need.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are so grateful to have the support of Alice's Kids. Our client's children now have a school desk and ready for distance learning! The work you do have significantly impacted our school community. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alice's Kids is an amazing non profit organization. As a Family Specialist I encounter many different situation of why our student and families need assistance. A single mom called me to request some resources for her son that has academic challenges needed art supplies. She was so focused on purchasing clothing that she forgot that there would be extra expenses for the classes the son had enrolled in high school. Not only did they supply the gift card to purchase all his art supplies but they also added extra money so mom can buy him more clothes. Mom stated that he has the biggest smile and his face was so bright of enthusiasm and was very thankful for everything he needed for his class and no longer had to borrow supplies. The money they provided was so meaningful to this student and his mom. Thank you once again for all you do.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alice kids has made such an impact on kids lives. We know we have a great organization to turn to when we have a child in need. Children have been able to get school supplies or new clothes after they have had to leave their home with nothing but the clothes on their back. Alice kids has been there to help bring back some joy to the kids. Thank you.

2 Jenna M.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alice's Kids has helped my students countless times over the past couple of years, and I could not be more grateful for their quick responses, generosity, and professionalism. Just this week they were able to save the day by getting one of my students a booster seat so he could ride in the cab to school. This family is currently homeless and gets cab transportation for their young children to get to elementary school. We had jumped through every hoop to get him enrolled and set up for school with transportation, but the final barrier in place was that he didn't have a booster seat for the cab ride! My district couldn't fund this need, but Alice's Kids jumped in and allowed for this child to get the school-based support that he so desperately needs. THANK YOU, ALICE'S KIDS!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alice's Kids helped supply children in our emergency shelter program with technology needed for remote learning in light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. These children are inherently more vulnerable to learning loss than many of their peers due to their homelessness situation. It is critical that we provide the supplies they need to mitigate any learning loss during the 2020-2021 school year. With a donation of headphones from Alice's Kids, these children will experience better connection with their virtual learning sessions, and will enjoy quiet, focused individual study. Thank you Alice's Kids!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alice's kids provided headphones to students who needed support for distance learning. We are so very grateful that these kids can participate in distance learning with less distraction from background noise. The process was easy, which allowed students to be served quickly. Thank you, Alice's Kids!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I could write a chapter book bragging about the wonderful work and the abundance of help I have received from Alice's Kids. I am a Site Coordinator at an elementary school in an impoverished community where I support the needs of the entire school, students, and families. I also intensely case manage 10% of the school's total student population.

Often times, my school and the families we serve are in need of things such as help paying for a field trip, help paying for graduation, help paying for glasses, help paying for books, and now that we are virtual due to the pandemic many students need headphones for learning. And some times, the families just need a funded night out at the movies to relieve stress and bond because the single parent in the home has to work long hours and still can't afford leisure time after paying necessary living expenses. Alice's Kids have supported all of the aforementioned needs.

I am forever grateful to Alice's Kids for helping to mitigate some of the risk factors experienced by my students and their families so the students can focus on achieving in school and in life.

THANKS A MILLION ALICE'S KIDS!!!!!

-A Proud and Grateful Site Coordinator

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a school social worker, I am noticing the needs of families increasing during the covid pandemic. Online learning has been a difficult transition for a lot of students. With the help of Alice Kids, I was able to provide a high school student with headphones to engage in her online learning. This is a student who has to supervise 3 younger siblings while trying to access her own education. The headphones would be a great tool to help improve her learning environment. Thanks Alice's Kids!!

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alice's Kids is wonderful. They helped a student be able to purchase some clothes. The student needed the money quickly and Alice's Kids always approves and sends along the gift cards quickly. The money they provided was so meaningful to this student.

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3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alice's Kids has helped a number of families at my school. They make it so easy and accessible to help families in real, concrete ways. Recently I was impressed by their initiative to support some of our high school seniors since they are missing out on special time with friends as senior year comes to a close. Giving a family an opportunity to get their graduate a special gift was so touching to the families. Wonderful organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Alice's Kids helped one of my students with a basic need this month. Students' mom and her four kids are struggling to make ends meet and cover basic needs with one income. Two of the kids have severe cases of ADHD. Mom homeschools one of them and also is caregiver to her dad and grandmother, who have both been diagnosed with stage 4 kidney disease and on dialysis. Mom shared that her oldest son needed boots for his welding class, but she couldn't afford it because of a lack of funds. Mom asked if I could help and I turned to Alice's Kids. They had sent me a $50 gift card within 24 hours of request, and the student had the boots 3 days later. Alice's kids came through for this family and I thank God for them and the compassion and empathy they showed this family in need! God bless this non-profit and I pray He continues to provide more and more funding to them to help families in need like this one! Thanks again Alice's Kids! You truly blessed this family and me- their Graduation Coach; Communities In Schools of Cleveland County!!!!

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

Alice's Kids is a blessing. I work with students that struggle day to day and some not even knowing where their next meal will come from. Alice's Kids has given some of these students the ability to go on a class field trip, attend their senior prom, receive a book needed for them to take a test to get certified as a PT, headphones for remote learning, and allow a few seniors the excitement of receiving a gift for their hard work. The financial assistance that Alice's Kids means so much to me and even more to the students. It's organizations like this that help students achieve in school and life. Thank you Alice's Kids for all you do.

2 Lizette G.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alice's Kids is an amazing organization and works really fast to break the barriers! I work for Communities in Schools of Mid-America a nonprofit where the needs are many. The love to serve kids and help them with their barriers is #1 on our list.

Alice's Kids helped out a homeless student that needed clothing and a coat with providing a Gift Card to JCPenney.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a school social worker who sees families struggling hard to make ends meet everyday. When I requested a gift card from Alice's kids so a single income family could purchase some board games to play as a family while all are home during the pandemic (and help everyone get away from the screen), they were super quick to respond. I know the gift will go a long way for this wonderful family.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our non-profit organization reached out to Alice's kids for help for prescription glasses for a child in our program. Alice's kids responded to our request the same day and offered financial assistance, Alice's kids is a fantastic non profit organization they truly help children!

Thank you so much!
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2 Chase M.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alice's Kids is always incredibly responsive and fast, a low-barrier way for my clients to get essential items that they need for their children to thrive.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so glad I found out about this charity. My children are privileged to never want for anything. I love that the money I donate goes directly to help children who aren’t as fortunate, while allowing them to keep their dignity.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ron and Alice's Kids made it possible for my client and sibling to obtain necessary resources for school this fall through there generous donation. They were sufficient in responding back immediately to my request and putting a smile on my client's faces during these difficult time. Thank You so much for your kindness and generous heart to the community through your agency.

2 Analisa D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Alice's Kids funded a child to partake in a University Led Science Program for kids. Due to Covid-19, students are interacting virtually and are unable to go on field trips and experience science first hand. During our virtual after school programs, kids go on virtual field trips, meet scientists and do at home experiences. Alice's Kids funded a child to participate in this program for a full month! Thank you!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alice's Kids came highly recommended by a colleague and I have been incredibly happy with my experiences with them. Their response time is excellent and very courteous. The donations they offer are also generous. In the non profit space, there are many agencies that make the process complicated and extremely tedious, but not Alice's Kids. Thank you to all their staff who support our students.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

The work that Alice's Kids does with underserved children while helping them and their families maintain dignity is a much needed light in the world. The stories they share always brighten my day.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alice's Kids is an amazing organization! They have hearts to help and are making a difference. I work for a nonprofit where the needs are many as our locations are all located in below poverty zip codes. Alice's Kids have stepped up to met some of those needs! They are putting smiles on the faces of our youth and their families! We are very grateful!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a school social worker, I work with our homeless students. Alice's kids has helped me provide students with clean bed sheets, undergarments, and clothing. These are all basic necessities that mean so much and boost our students' confidence in order for them to be successful at school.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Alice's Kids is such a blessing to have as a resource. I am a school counselor at an elementary school and when I find myself in a bind locating items for students that they need to have basic needs met, Alice's Kids has ALWAYS been there to assist. I have had to call on them when students are in emergency situations and there is a quick turn around time... I don't know what I would do if I didn't have them to turn to.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am alway in awe that the smallest act of kindness can make such a large impact in someone’s life. Alice’s Kids provides this kindness in support and dignity that gives recipients the opportunity to move forward through their challenges in life.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

My Mama always said: “Just because you can’t help everyone doesn’t mean you should help no one.” I love that Alice’s Kids embodies this credo and it brings me joy to be doing my bit to help out.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a regular donor to this amazing charity. The most needy of children get what they need to improve their self worth and their lives. Clothes, shoes, school fees, camps, art supplies,... can be life changers to those who have so little.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Found Alice's Kids on Twitter & was impressed with their mission: its clarity, its direct efforts to kids in need, as well as providing the assistance to the parents, guardians, caretakers, and teachers. This direct assistance helps Alice's Kids truly feel a bit more secure, confident and, yes, loved.

Once I started following & donating when I could, I have been more than impressed with the team's follow up, their kindness, their decency, the transparency, and the organization's belief & devotion to their mission (and their kids, of course!), discussed how else to help, as well as discussing the effectiveness of a Twitter campaign.

The can do spirit, the grace & the commitment of the Alice's Kids' team deserves both accolades, moral support, AND financial support. Looking forward to supporting Alice's KIds today & in the future!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love how Alice’s kids Is always giving to kids what they need, be it backpacks, books or shoes, always reaching out and doing what she can. So deserving of respect.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love what Alice does!! Kids need help, some more than others. Alice sees a problem & helps with a solution.

5 JD L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I follow this charity on twitter and I am amazed on a daily basis. You get quick story about the need, then you see how Alice's Children have stepped up, usually going beyond the humble request. Fulfilling the request may be a small amount for Alice's Children, but the impact they make is astronomical! Please, if you are in a position to donate to this great charity, please do so

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following this charity for about a year. I was touched by the simple acts of kindness that I read about and felt that this organization had a true sense of what it meant to lending a helping hand. I recently have become a regular donor and urge others to become donors also.

4 Janeen C.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Do love the concept of this charity- fulfilling Unique needs for children who otherwise would be left behind!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

Alice’s Kids is amazing — these “small” things are actually huge to children and teens.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This charity helps so many children in need. Sometimes the most important thing to a kid is being able to have an outlet (sports, arts, etc.) but so many low income families just can't afford it. This charity gives immediate funds for school fees, instruments, swim classes, shoes, therapies and so much more than I can list. They deserve all the support in the world!

3 Kimberly Douglass P.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great nonprofit whose work I’m pleased to help support in a small way each month.

4 Helen D.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the work that Alice's kids is doing... that it reaches both a need as well as children's emotional needs. Emotional well being is vitally important on their path. I am so grateful that Alice's kids have carried on with her vision. We need more of this in the world today!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful non-profit that directly helps kids with their needs. They share stories about donations so you feel like yoire part of the help.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful charity! I love seeing all the good they do!

4 Cara Salluzzo L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing organization that positively impacts children, with grace and compassion, in tangible ways.

4 supow

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Provides for children and gives dignity to the parents.

4 Leanne K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization helps so many with so little but even the smallest gestures land large when it’s all someone has. Thank you to everyone who works there and I hope they grow to help many more.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

Had to contribute to this non-profit upon reading the stories attached to their donations...so much good here!

4 Chad S.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This charity helps so many children. They have been helping children for years. Each year more and more kids are helped. It's really something to read the stories.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Alice’s Kids is such a kind, caring, empathetic organization. I can truly see they care about the everyday struggles that everyday people endure in our society. I love that they take the time to reach out and give hope.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This nonprofit fills direct needs for children that other aid will not and does not cover. I follow and share their twitter posts. Their mission is uplifting, inspiring, & very worthwhile. I will donate when I'm able!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the stories this charity gets to tell due to the truly wonderful acts of kindenss they provide for underserved children.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been following Alice's on twitter from South America and I'm blown away by the simplicity and effectiveness of their work. It is something I would love to see acknowledged at global level And replicated. Doing a little for someone in need goes great lengths in terms of impact and also un creating awareness amongst would be small donors to see that even small steps do hell. After 25 years in aid this is one of the best things I've seen.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Alice’s kids is amazing and provides so many things to kids in need. It’s heartbreaking and also heartwarming to know so many have limited access to things we take for granted and Alice’s kids helps to provide them!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Alice does amazing work to help children gain self confidence and feel connected to their peers!

3 Brian A.3

Donor

Rating: 5

Alice's Kids is a unique non-profit in that we hear about their direct impact as it happens. Following them on Twitter, I've gotten to see all the ways they change kids' lives that may seem small to us, but are everything to the children. While donating to larger non-profits is obviously very important and their work is immeasurable, Alice's Kids makes me feel like I have a direct line to helping those in need. Follow them @AliceWillHelp to see the stories

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing nonprofit that provides needy kids with gift cards so they can participate in activities & events that they usually get left out of — like tickets to prom or field trips, new school shoes, toiletries, art supplies, new clothes, or to pay for a special lunch because of good grades. The stories shared on their Twitter page are heartbreaking but highlight the important work they’re doing. Truly a special charity and I am so thankful I stumbled upon it!

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have many parents that can't afford to pay for summer camp or winter camp, or Spring Break, we've had parents that needed assistance with clothing or school supplies, there has never been a time when Alice's Kids hasn't stepped in to donate. They have Always given every time we made a request. A Tremendous blessing and a help to parents in our community. I recommend them knowing that the out come will be positive Always

3 Janet Dieumegard L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for a Dept of Family Services in a county government in Virginia. I come across families in need all the time in my line of work. In one such instance, where funds were limited to the basics of food and rent, Alice's Kids helped a young boy with autism obtain a child's guitar so that he could play with his Dad. The parents of this young boy cried when their son opened the guitar, put it into place, and starting strumming as if he had been given lessons for years. It was a smile on the boy's face they hadn't seen in a while! He is very musically talented. He continues to play the guitar every day and that was over 2 years ago!!
Another incident was a single mother who transferred to Virginia from NJ and was barely making it by (working full time) but having no extra funds for activities for her VERY ACTIVE 9 year old son. Thanks to Alice's Kids, the boy was given 10 weeks of gymnastics! The mother was able to apply for another scholarship within the gym and by the end of that 10 weeks, she had a raise in her job and was able to continue his gymnastic lessons! We all need a chance and we all need help at times....Alice's Kids reaches those who could use that break and use that help! It's one time needs that get met that can change a parent's perspective on life and can change the attitude of a child within minutes! Thank you Alice's Kids for your generous support of children!

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Family Advocate in San Luis Obispo, CA. I work with several under-served families in the area. Alice's Kids has provided so much for our community. From gift cards for clothing and shoes to registration fees for sports.

AK was able to provide a bed for a child with autism who had outgrown her toddler bed. Her single mother was unable to get a job because she had to watch her child and did not have family in the state.

During the holiday's a mother in recovery was unable to work due to court orders. Her twin daughters made the high school basketball team. AK provided a gift card for basketball shoes, sports bras, and warm ups. The mother felt so relieved she could give her daughters something for Christmas to show she was proud of them.

Alice's Kids not only helps the parents provide for their children but it helps children with their self-esteem and confidence. I can't tell you how many times a new pair of shoes has made a child's year. AK has changed lives and given families hope. Thank you for all you do.

4 Shannon W.4

Donor

Rating: 5

I love that this non-profit tweets out updates of how the money we donate is being used. I know intellectually that it makes a difference, but it really warms my heart to hear about real children being helped in small but significant ways.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

What I love about this non-profit is that they provide the simple things, but those things can be life changing. Things like a soccer kit for a child who can’t afford the gear needed to join a team, or funds to attend the senior trip so a student isn’t left out of memories or science camp for a budding STEM professional. I love how genuine they are.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alice's Kids is phenomena. I am so thankful my agency has has their support. It takes a village to assist a child. Without Alice's Kids, my job would be impossible. I am the Director of a residential program for teen mothers and their children. The help Alice's Kids gives to us is heartwarming and so inspiring.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor, the detailed and thoughtful updates I receive from Alice’s Kids about their good works both brighten my day as well as affirm my choice that this is an impactful charity to donate to.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alice's kid's has recently helped children from three different families that I work with. Thank to Alice's Kids an elementary aged boy will be able to attend a science day camp at a dolphin facility, and five teens will be able to start school this fall in new shoes! The application process was easy and I was notified within a day of my requests that funds were awarded. Their care for kids and compassion is evident. The students and I are extremely grateful to Alice's Kids!

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with women, and their families, who are homeless due to domestic violence. The level of needs for those families is too high and I am always looking for organizations and partners that support our mission and job with those families.

We have found in Alice's Kid a perfect ally to perform our job. Alice's Kid love, passion, and care have been supporting our families in fulfilling their basic needs. Thanks to Alice's Kids' assistance, our clients' children have been able to ride to a library in a new bicycle, or get personal care items, or renew their eyeglasses prescription.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Children's Care Coordinator who assists children and families in need of assistance. Alice's kids is a great organization that provides hope to those families, especially children transitioning out of homeless shelters and into permanent housing that don't have basic necessities for their new room. The organization is very helpful and accommodating.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I was fortunate enough to know a young man both before and after Alice's kids changed his life.

I have had the honor of witnessing what they can do to one child.

Imagine what they could do for so many more

5 Lindsay Catron C.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing group that helps people in need with practical things that can help in such big ways!