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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Cultural Care Kids First Foundation, drawing on the strength of the global community of Cultural Care Au Pair, provides resources to support organizations that strive to make a lasting difference in the lives of children in need around the world.

Results: Members of the Cultural Care community -- local coordinators, staff, teachers, au pairs and even kids -- hold local fundraising events. Funds raised are matched by Cultural Care Au Pair and then sent to children's organizations around the world. We have worked closely with several partners over the years which has allowed us to help in considerable ways, get to know the children, and provide hands-on assistance. Our Fund Their Future program, Sponsor a Child program, emergency assistance and capital grants allow us to provide small but significant assistance as well as make large, impactful donations.

Target demographics: children in need all over the world

Direct beneficiaries per year: Many children worldwide

Geographic areas served: the United States

Programs: "Fund their Future" and "Kids 4 Kids First"

Community Stories

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Andrijana’s dedication is unbelievable. She is amazing. Truly cares for children.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cultural Care Kids First Foundation is doing amazing work across the Globe to help kids in need. I recently traveled on a Service trip with kids First to Guadalajara Mexico to help two children organizations. We were able to use the support of each of the participant's local communities to bring supplies down to the facilities to provide craft supplies, toys, books and more! We were also able to build a peace garden in both communities, paint playgrounds, update storage facilities and truly make a difference in these local communities.

One thing that stands out to me about Kids first is they aspire (and succeed) at getting families across the country along with au pairs during their exchange program year to participate in fundraising activities and start learning about giving back and being a global citizen at a young age. Cultural Care Kids First is a fantastic organization!

Pooja P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the best organizations I’ve ever been able to support! Truly a unique company whose vision will take us into the future!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cultural Care Kids First is an amazing organization that works to make a difference in the lives of children all around the world. I had the privilege of recently going on a service trip with this organization where we painted playgrounds, built bookshelves, planted gardens and worked with children in need in areas outside of Guadalajara, Mexico. The organization is constantly working to make a direct impact on the lives of children all around the world.

2 Dijana B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great non profit organization commited to make a world the better place for less privileged children!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Kids First is a great organization that helps children in need. My wife and I have been working with Kids First for years and have seen directly the impact that is made for children in the United States and around the world.

3 Aleksandra T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

wonderful organisation that help kids in need around the world

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that helps kids in need here in the U.S. and around the world. I was privileged to experience first hand what an impact Cultural Care Kids First Foundation has and looking forward to support the Kids First Fooundation in the future.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently had the pleasure of going on a service trip with this organization and WOW! What an amazing thing they do! The lives they touch and the number of lives at that is unbelievable! To see the smiles on the children's faces and the adults smile because the children were so happy by all of the donations and help provided to them was absolutely amazing. So happy and grateful I had the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kids First is the most amazing Foundation, the most generously way to share from people with a heart full of love. I could meet them in Guadalajara and I still keep thrilled because of their organization joy and exceptional delicacy.

Reba D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a non-profit that not only helps children all over the world and in the US, but encourages everyone to help and support local organizations. All money they raise is matched by Cultural Care Au Pair to increase the money raised. They also share ideas, support and help to local coordinators on how to help local organizations, raise money for children in need where the the families and au pairs are living.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for Cultural Care Kids First for 9 years and I've been very impressed with how the organization is able to create significant positive change with relatively small donations. The foundation offers volunteers a chance to be involved in very meaningful opportunities assisting children in providing education and educational or musical, sport or artistic activities. Their focus on true and authentic connection combined with powerful placement of donations means that they are interested in those organizations with whom they can have a real and lasting effect. I recently participated in a trip to work with orphans and I returned with gratitude, awe and a renewed dedication to improving the lives of children domestically and internationally.

Melissa E.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I appreciate that Cultural Care Kids First Foundation works hard to directly serve kids that are most in need worldwide. I have had the opportunity to help tie blankets and stuff bookbags for homeless and disadvantaged children as school begins, collect books for youth shelters and homes that have none, and bring enrichment, art, music, and security to these kids across the U.S. CC Kids First also supports children in over 30 countries worldwide, through schools in South Africa specifically for young girls, and most recently for children in impoverished neighborhoods in Cartegena, Colombia and Guadalajara, Mexico. They match money volunteers raise dollar for dollar, and are open to supporting all quality and local initiatives that directly enrich the lives of children living in poverty. A quality Foundation committed to helping kids in need.

u.heregger

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great way to get my children, my family, my au pairs and my host families involved in community outreach. One of our favorite activities is making valentines cards for children in a local shelter. Easy way to put a smile on somebody's face!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We love Cultural Care Kids First Foundation. It is an easy way for us to help and get involved. Together with my au pair group we regularly host events to raise money for the foundation. But the best thing is that we can also ask for a grant for an organization that we believe in: we recently volunteered for a local organization that supports children in need and we learned about one of their upcoming events. We found out that they were lacking funds and applied for a grant to help them have a successful event.

Joy H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of joining a Kids First service trip to Cartagena and it was an incredibly rewarding experience donating school supplies and spending time with the children in need. I also sponsored a girls education in an all girls school in South Africa and give to their fundraising efforts to support kids in need around the world. Love this organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kids First is a foundation supported by a wonderful community of au pairs, host families, LCCs and staff who care about children around the world. Kids First provides kids with educational and enrichment opportunities and is passionate about making a difference.

3 Kerrin C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been such a pleasure having so many opportunities presented to help get involved in Kid’ First! I just recently got back from a Kid’s First service trip in Cartagena, Colombia and was able to see first hand the impact that this organization makes. Kid’s First is life changing to all those they support.

2 Nancie Laird Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cultural Care Kids first does such marvelous work, not only for the charitable programs it supports and the beneficiaries of those programs, but for the people who participate in its efforts. It’s not just Cultural Care employees, but the young people from all over the world and their host families who take part. They take that experience with them and even start projects of their own because of it.

2 Hope Lehman B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kids First does amazing projects that enhance the lives of children around the world!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I always feel so good when donating or volunteering for this organization because I have seen first hand how they impact children’s lives. Making global families and making the world a better place.

2 Diana P.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kids First is an amazing non-profit. They are always looking for ways to give back to children around the world. They truly are making the world a better place!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Cultural Care Kids First puts their WHOLE heart in to helping kids at home in the USA and around the world. Spreading smiles around the globe.

2 Shelley Novick M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization and really committed to enriching kids' lives. The group does more than just give money - they're hands on, whether that means stuffing backpacks for back-to-school kids in under-served communities here in the US, to building a playroom for a daycare in Colombia, to providing educational materials for school girls in India. And 100% of the proceeds go to helping children in need.

2 Melissa I.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

KidsFirst is amazing and does so much to help children around the world!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kids First does so much for kids in need around the world. Great organization!

2 Francine Q.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first met Kids First when they came to visit a small group of students in Colombia that I was working with. They brought school supplies and materials but they also brought hand made books, created by Local Childcare consultants. These were so beautiful and personal that the kids felt so special. I instantly fell in love and today still work with this organization. They are open o helping all groups, big and small and focus on bringing education and culture to children, the things that sometimes they don't have the resources to focus on. Kids First is constantly looking for new partnerships and different ways. I love this organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing nonprofit this is! I had the unique opportunity to travel to four different foundations supported by Kids First in Colombia. Kids First did their research on which foundations could really use the assistance, listened to what the needs of each foundation were, rallied to get as many supplies as possible and delivered directly. To witness the smiles and joy that our contributions brought is something I will never forget!

Dale D.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have witnessed first hand the positive impact Kids First has had on children . Whether it’s a local homeless shelter or a play school in South Africa , Cultural Care’s Kids First provides books , clothing , food ,play equipment, crafts , educational materials and even a building so children can have a positive thriving environment. They have volunteers who help clean, paint , and organize . Kids First truly does put kids First !

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kids First is amazing non profit who helps kids in need all over the world.
Many volunteers who give there time, heart and soul to help others.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen firsthand the positive effect Cultural Care Kids First Foundation has made on the lives of young Mothers & their sweet beautiful children, at a childcare center supported by the foundation in South Africa. I was able to spend time at the childcare center, enjoying the daily routine, of song's, play, reading and the teaching of small motor skills. children are provided with a warm lunch & a clean environment for naptime. Everything running smoothly, with loving guidance. I'm so very proud to be a part of the life-enriching experance for everyone involved.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Cultural Care Kids First for many years. When I was lucky enough to go to South Africa to visit the organizations Kids First supports, I could see how well organized it is, and how much Kids First really care for their recipients - and make sure that the donations are used in the best way.

I have since sponsored a child, volunteered at events around the country, as well as worked with our team of runners at the New York marathon. I look forward to many more events in the future and the opportunity to help children around the world.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization giving to children in need. I helped pack backpacks with school supplies for kids in Puerto Rico who suffered from the Hurricane. I also visited a school for underprivileged girls in South Africa who were given funds to attend this school as well as help the school get much needed financial help to operate. I know this is a wonderful organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The experience goes beyond expectations, I loved everything! The team, the children impacted, the activities! Everything makes it an amazing environment to help! I loved the activities of the cultural boxes (DIDART) so children could learn about different cultures and traditions without getting in an airplaine! I hope to continue participating with the organization!

1 Arienne de V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Kid's First for several years and have seen the amazing things this charity has accomplished. Kid's First helps children literally all over the world, including here in the US. Last year, when Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas, they donated money to the local Red Cross and Houston Food Bank. About 3 years ago, I visited The Sold Project in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and saw the outdoor sala Kid's First had constructed to give the young students shelter from the sun and rain. Back in April, I visited Molo Mhalaba, an all girl's STEM school that helps underprivileged children in Cape Town, South Africa. I saw the books and other learning materials myself and others had purchased for the school put into use. I now personally sponsor a student at the school I have been part of groups, putting together backpacks with supplies for students coming to the Boston area from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. I have helped assemble craft kits and other supplies for Native American children in the Dakotas. I support and believe in Cultural Care Kid's First Foundation!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think this foundation is amazing! I was glad to meet the employees at one event and I was impressed by the purity of their hearts when talking about helping kids! Their attitude made me think of getting more involved to help others!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kids first is a really wonderful organization. They are fun, useful, helpful. I enjoyed spending a few hours to help with them.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am honored to be a part of this organization and to help to contribute to the many great causes that the Cultural Care Kids First Foundation supports. Providing educational and recreational materials and opportunities for deserving children around the world has allowed this organization and all those affiliated to make a tremendous impact.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have loved volunteering with kids first! Whether wrapping books for gifts or doing arts and crafts they always offer an engaging and hands on way to give back. Their mission is impressive and I have no doubt that they are making an impact on children in need.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the Kids First organization for the amazing job that it does. It is not just that they help children in need all over the globe but they also bring awareness to less privileged children and they bring people together to work as a team to help those kids in need.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kids First breaks down cultural and geographic barriers under one common mission of helping children across the globe. It's always impressive to leave a volunteer event or fundraiser having met amazing volunteers and having seen the impact this nonprofit is capable of making. There is no doubt that Kids Forst will continue impressing me for years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kids first do such wonderful work, they really are a fantastic organization!

4 Zac P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kids First is such a great organization - it's so fantastic to see a company giving back to the world.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kids First is an awesome organization to work with. People from all different parts of the world are able to feel the impact of their work. I am proud to be involved in the work they do.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Kids First for many years, and have been able to help with so many amazing projects to help children. I was able to help produce an international children's CD (the proceeds of which went to Kids First), help buy a bus for children living in an orphanage in Russia, help support children in India who need help paying for school tuition, etc. What I love most about Kids First is that it helps children in need in so many different countries all over the world and that I know 100% of donations go directly to children in need. Kids First is an amazing organization, one that I hope to be involved in for many years to come.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Kids First for several years and I have enjoyed all volunteer events I have participated in. All events are very well organized and you can tell that the organizers check up on the organizations who received grants overseas and make sure the money is spent in the best way to benefit the kids.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's a powerful notion to have an organization affiliated with providing childcare solutions to American families do work to help improve the lives of children around the world. It brings our office together in the context of both EF as a company as well as a globally-conscious staff working to engage people in cultural exchange.

2 Anna112

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cultural Care Kids First Foundation is an unique organization that uses the Global strength of the Cultural Care Au Pair community to help children in communities in the US as well as children all over the world. I have participated in several fundraising events as well as community service events that Kids First has organized and know first hand what a great job they do. I am a big Kids First supporter!