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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

396 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Bob_83

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been doing monthly fundraisers for military support organizations. While I am so appreciative for what they all do, Our Military Kids is the one that got me started eight years ago. I have heard countless stories about how OMK has helped the lives of our service members, veterans and most importantly, the next generation. Come the new year, I plan on launching a major undertaking to get their budget increased by $1 million. Please help out with this by going to their website and making a donation.
If you'd like to help with our annual Wounded Warrior Family Christmas Gift Wish list, please send an email to Santa@bobnelsonteam.com to obtain more information.

Previous Stories
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Donor

Rating: 5

I discovered Our Military Kids about 8 years ago. This incredible group of highly motivated staff and volunteers has made an impact not only on the kids of our military, but on the service members and their spouses as well. Although they have extremely low overhead costs, the group manages to treat each and every child as though they were the most important person in the world. I've know servicemen and women who say that OMK has allowed them to deal with both the physical and emotional issues that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have created. The group has literally helped save the lives of both our men and women in uniform and their kids. They are the best!

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Client Served

Rating: 3

First of all I would like to say thank you from the heart to Our Military Kids. You have made it possible for my children to excel in training for Baseball with Jake Kirkland Baseball training program. I feel like this allows myself as a father knowing that I’m doing all I can for my children to get to the next level. This program is teaching my children teamwork, Discipline, and Respect for others. As a parent we are tasked to bring up respectable honest and productive young men and women. This program has exceeded this for my family and I’m forever in dept. Thank you for your support and God Bless Our Military Kids.
S. Hogan

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids have given my kids the opportunity to try something new while their Dad is deployed. These activities have taken their attention away from dwelling on this difficult time to working toward learning a new skill. They were all so excited to get their own mail and kept saying how nice it was for someone to do this for them. My two older girls are in Kyukido, which is teaching them confidence, discipline, and defense- all things their Dad would normally be doing. They now get to tell him all about it when he calls. Our Military Kids has also given my younger daughter the opportunity to dance. She is also learning confidence and how to make new friends. We are so grateful for this organization and the focus they give to our children.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to Our Military kids my son and daughter have been able to participate in music lessons while their Dad is deployed overseas. They have been able to learn something new and hopefully be able to play a tune for Daddy when he returns!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids really cares about children of deployed service members. They were quick to respond to my application. My boys were able to use the grant on something they wanted to do, now they are better than ever.
Thank you OMK!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you Our Military Kids Inc. My daughter was very happy to receive her $500 grant for dance. What made it more exciting for her was that the envelope was on her name! She is now attending Barbara School of Dance and enjoying ballet and hip hop. We truly appreciate your generosity!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I heard about this organization from a Sailor while I was deployed overseas with a joint organization. I submitted the application and all of the necessary documentation and was able to get the full grant for my daughter to go to Puerto Rico with other Girl Scouts from around the country. It was an amazing opportunity and I was more than thankful for the financial support OMK was able to give us. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed the trip and as a result, she is looking forward to going on another one next year. Of course, I most likely won't be deployed then, but I will always sing the praises of OMK to other Soldiers and Service Members for what it does and how it helped my daughter find a bit of happiness while I was away. So, thank you very much for what you do. You didn't have to do it, but you did and it was greatly appreciated!

1 nmfe1986

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Our Military Kids Inc! Jeremiah was able to attend Henry County Parks and Recreation Summer Day Camp!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thanks to the OMK my two kids are able to practice their favorite sports. One is doing taekwando and the other one is doing piano. They both love what they doing and it helps me keep them occupied while their dad is deploy.

Client Served

Rating: 5

So thankful for being able to receive this grant for my sweet 3 year old daughter while her daddy was deployed(still deployed). We're getting a head start in some fun foreign language classes. Such an awesome way to support children who's parents serve and sacrifice in such awesome ways.