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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Automotive Safety, Crime & Law, Crime Prevention, Disaster Aid, Health, Public Health

Mission: The mission of KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25® is to make streets safer for all who walk, ride, play, and drive. Doing so preserves lives and relationships.

Results: Over 1600 communities have initiated a Keep Kids Alive campaign. These represent 49 U.S. States, 3 Canadian Provinces, the Bahamas, and Queensland State, Australia. Oceanside, CA saw a 16% decrease (6 mph) in average speeds when implementing a Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 yard sign campaign. As the first community to initiate "America's Trash Talks to Keep Kids Alive," Oro Valley, AZ realized a 13.5% decrease in average speeds on neighborhood streets - 24.5 mph on average.

Target demographics: Residents of every neighborhood in the U.S., and when possible, beyond.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Millions in communities throughout the U.S.

Geographic areas served: United States, as well as communities across the globe.

Programs: Consultation and Presentations to Community/Neighborhood Groups, Schools, Businesses, and Municipal Leaders on developing comprehensive neighborhood traffic safety education campaigns that include: America's Trash Talks to Keep Kids Alive Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 Stop! Take 3 To See Seat Belts-FASTENATING! It's Not A Race! Create Space Be Aware! Drive With Care No Need To Speed Check Your Speed A License to Live - An in-school safe-driving education and marketing campaign that is student driven. Parenting at the Speed of Life Annual "Run to Remember" as part of the Pikes Peak Ascent Trail Race in honor of loved ones who have died in traffic incidents.

Community Stories

89 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Keep Kids Alive is a wonderful non-profit and I believe has really made a difference in the Omaha community. It's a simple reminder to the community to slow it down in our neighborhoods, especially where kids are present. -Sgt. Erin Payne, Omaha Police Department

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Tom and KKAD25 have been absolutely incredible to work with on the Treynor project. His passion shines through and he has helped make a difference in our community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The whole community has been very supportive of the Treynor program which included
funding for radar speed indicator signage and yard signs encouraging "Watch your speed"
"Drive 25", etc. In fact public interes t has encouraged our Junior Optimist sponsoring
group to order more signs. Banners and brackets for light poles are being ordered along with the city which is also providing additional banners- ""Eyes up, phone down" and other
similar signs. Tom Evenson has been a tremendous help with this project. This project was
initiated because of the death of a freshman student who was running in our community
to get in shape for wrestling. We are now working on a trail possibility.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We met Tom Everson several years ago at a grief conference and were taken back with his vision and desire to help educate and support families who have lost children too soon. Our youngest son, Brandon died in an auto accident in April 2004. Our lives were changed forever. There isn't a day that goes by that we wonder what he would be doing and where he would be. Initially, we supplied the shirts for the Run to Remember, which is the half marathon on Pike's Peak. This past summer we were able to join other families across the country share in a memorable weekend full of lots of hugs, sharing our kids, and even a few laughs. This is a special group, KKAD25, providing education and support to so many families struggling to survive without a child. We are pleased and proud to support this program! --Brit & Denise McPherson

Jackie R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

On February 25th 2008 we lost our beautiful daughter Erika Joy in a one-vehicle roll-over accident. Tom Everson and family inspire and move communities to be aware and drive safer in neighborhoods, schools and on every street in every community. Their reach is far and wide and the most important work there is. Keeping our children safe. Mighty people with a mighty purpose. Amazing people. Amazing organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tom Everson and I met through tragedy, my daughter Erika's death in an auto accident. Through tragedy we have strived for grace and good. Tom Everson and Keep Kids Alive bring positive through pain....beauty in the ashes. What an amazing group of people doing what they do for the good of the community and even beyond. Keep up the good work guys!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This non-profit has empowered me and honored my story by: creating a safety campaign in my husband's name, connecting me with other families, and helping me become a runner to climb Pike's Peak for my late husband. Tom is passionate, smart, dedicated, and successful in assisting families to Live Forward after loss. He is truly making a difference with his work and I am so happy we met.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Tom Everson runs an amazing non-profit. I met him at the "Towards Zero Deaths" conference in Minnesota in 2008, after my husband was rear-ended and killed in a traffic accident. Not only did Tom provide support and empathy, he asked me for my story and if I would like to be involved in a new campaign targeting tail-gaters. I said yes and he created "It's Not a Race! Create Space!" to honor my husband and me. Over the last two years, he has worked tirelessly to get our new initiative off the ground and onto the back of semi-trucks throughout the country. He always keeps me current with the various organizations and grant requests he submits. We have had some success, and some disappointments. But Tom is always positive and so respectful. When the organizations has its annual run, Tom always writes to me with the news, t-shirts for the event, and how he and his family will keep James' memory with them all the time. Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 is a responsive, caring, and hard-working non-profit that I recommend to everyone I know.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Where to start? Unfortunately I met Tom Everson and KKAD25 after my nephew was killed while running on a gravel road. I am a long time runner and have always been concerned with the safety of runners/bikers/walkers/kids on roads. My sister was also killed in a preventable car accident when she was only 16 years old so I knew this was the place for me to be.
The group is amazing and Tom does everything possible to make us 'newbies' feel welcome. I'm not sure where my family would be this first year without the support of this wonderful group and the inspiration it gives.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a longtime supporter of the mission of Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 to assist their educational initiatives which have impacted citizens in over 1600 U.S. communities. KKAD25 has also helped families who have experienced the death of a loved one due to a traffic incident.

I appreciate Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 and their efforts to make streets safer for all who walk, cycle, play, drive, and ride.

Doug K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first became acquainted with Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 following the loss of our 16 y/o son and a high school classmate in a motor vehicle crash in 2012. Our daughter was able to participate in the Live Forward! Run To Remember event in both 2015 and 2016 running in memory of her little brother and several young people from Idaho. Our family was blessed beyond words as KKAD25 opened their hearts to us and helped us find common ground with other families who have suffered similar losses. Together, we are all learning to "Live Forward". We encourage every community to invite KKAD25 and their programs to help save lives!

1 Toni41

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bill and I lost our Son Andrew ,August 8,2014. He had just turned 34 the 28th of July. He was involved in a head on collision. I was contacted by a friend who knew about Keep kids alive, drive 25.

I was then contacted by Tom Everson...he and this orgonazition was a gift from God..
Bill nor I had talked with anyone who had ever been through what we were going through.

Our friends and families were trying so hard to help us just to keep it together. But they could only do so much.
Tom told us all about a weekend where we could meet other families and share our story. We would also hear other families share theirs. We were able to know just what each other was going through and we developed life long new friends who shared each other's grief.
It was so healing to be with these other families. We laughed,we remembered our loved ones, we cried. But we healed. It was truly a blessing.

If it had not been for this organization, I'm not sure Billy and I would have been able to make it through this devastated loss.
We have now gone for 2 years and as long as we can, we will continue to go. To see old friends and to meet the new ones who have become members of a club no one should ever belong to. A grieving parent.
God bless, Tom, his family, this organization, all the famili we hav met.
We love you all dearly, Billy and Toni Smith

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Living in Southern Calif on a very busy residential street with an elementary school ( with over 700 students) just down the block, I noticed that traffic was increasing along with the speeders as they passed by my home. So in 2005, I was looking for resources to addressing the speeding problem here. While searching online I happened to find KKAD25 and contacted Tom Everson about the signs that he used to promote traffic safety. For the past 11 years, I have been using this method to remind drivers to aware of their driving habits and people seem to know the house that has the signs in front of it. Driving safety is very important for everyone on the roads today with all the distractions that people have in their vehicles. My signs are out every school day and if it helps make one person safer than it worked. Thanks to KKAD25 many communities in our nation have been made safer for their residents. Thank you, Tom!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've had the distinct pleasure to work with KKAD25 to create a program in Alameda in conjunction with the national Walk to School program. We were extremely successful and Tom Everson was creative and collaborative in working with us. There is nothing more fulfilling then working together as a community to make our town safer for all and particularly kids walking to school.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have run the Pikes Peak Ascent the past two years with KKAD 25 and found it gave extra meaning to my run. I have enjoyed being part of this group as a donor and helping Tom raise money. The friendships I have made with this group will be lasting and strong.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 has such a wonderful mission. Tom is very easy to work with, he is thorough with his communication and responds very quickly. My family and I have been fortunate enough to attend the Run to Remember weekend at Pikes Peak for the last two years, because of Tom's diligence everything went incredibly smoothly. I am very impressed with the efforts behind this organization !

Käj J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tom Everson and Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 truly do wonderful things for our community. Whether it's organizing events to raise awareness and promote an active lifestyle or saving lives through clever campaign slogans and signage products, KKAD25 is a feather in the cap of Omaha's non-profit scene.

Keep up the good work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 has been a great asset in the community. Tom recently collaborated with the Southwest YMCA and Cody Elementary to teach children to walk to school safely on National Walk to School Day.

It's great to see Keep Kids Alive, Drive 25 in the community keeping kids and families safe.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our organization has worked with Tom Everson and the Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 program for nearly six years. Tom has always been a great supporter of our program and us of his. KKAD25 utilizes funds to talk about safe driving not only in Nebraska, but across the entire U.S. We have donated material and funding to both his Live Forward and Run to Remember 5K and witnessed a great impact from both programs in the community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met Tom thru my job at a collision center and also being on my neighborhoods hoa board. My neighborhood's goal has been to reduce speeds of vehicles down the streets in which our kids play; our company is trying to reduce needless accidents because of speeding. We use signage along the roads and we go door-to-door handing out literature and encouraging resident participation in the program. I would also like to thank Tom Everson and KKAD25 for their updates and assistance whenever needed. I encourage other companies to get involved to protect our little people. Tom's passion is amazing!

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor, Tom has been great to work with. KKAD25 is a great organization to support and our mission aligns with the work that Tom does in Nebraska and across the nation. We feel very proud to partner and support KKAD25!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Amazing is probably the best way to say how our experience has been with KKAD25. Tom and his staff helped to get a lawn sign campaign initiated in our community. It has gone over very well and we have received so many compliments from our residents. Furthermore it has really helped make motorists more people aware of their speed and pay closer attention to their surroundings. This campaign will ultimately help to save lives and make our roads safer for all. Looking forward to continuing our work with KKAD25 in the future. Cant wait for the next community outreach project.