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Our Military Kids Inc

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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 60,000 grants totaling $24.5M 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 94% indicated that participation in the activity positively impacted their children by reducing some/all of their symptoms of stress. In addition, 98% reported that participation significantly contributed to the overall well-being of the entire family. For every dollar donated, 92 cents directly supports a child.

Target demographics: Military children aged 5 through 18 years of age.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Provided grant awards to cover fees for 3,767 military children.

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: sports, arts, camps and academic tutoring.

Community Stories

534 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Keri A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband has been in the National Guard since we were dating and we have been married going on thirteen years now and have three children.
We were so happy to use the Our Military Kids Program last year when my husband was deployed overseas. My daughter wanted to take ballet lessons and the program payed for more than half of the year of her classes and some of the additional fees. It was such a blessing to be able to save that money by using the Military Kids Program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have 4 children that Our Military Kids provided funding to with their extracurriculars while my husband is deployed. It was such a great gift and we are very thankful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization! It was truly humbling to have my 3 kids’ sports paid for while I was deployed! Thank you so mich!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My kids were able to experience a creative outlet that enriched their lives during the difficult time their parent was deployed. Dance and art were fantastic ways to express their emotions in a healthy way.

1 Christine E.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids are awesome!!

Their mission speaks to military families like mine. My husband is currently deployed and I had to temporarily take time off work.

Thanks to Our Military Kids, my 6 year old was able to stay in her martial arts classes. This was a huge blessing!!! She loves her classes and I worried less about how I would continue payments while I was out of work.
Thank you Our Military Kids!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our military kids helped 5 of my little ones do a Jiu Jitsu camp while I was deployed this past summer. I could not be more grateful for the support and love shown to our family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids is an exceptional organization! I deployed for 14 months away from a 10 year old and six year old and Our Military Kids provide BOTH kids with an opportunity to participate in Jui Jitzu while I was gone. The gym they attend has become a home away from home and the community has embraced my kids in my absence. It's given them other adults to inspire and direct them too. The funds provided by Our Military Kids was EXTREMELY helpful in a tight situation due to extra child care cost with me being gone so it was a welcomed gift. I can't say enough great things about the people that work there too, their attention to detail and their willingness to work with me to make this happen! Pictured: Grace 2nd row center turquoise shirt & Hank first row center blue shirt

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We keep out kids busy with sports, both school and club, to make new friends, gain college athletics scholarship advantages, and basically keep their minds off of me being gone all the time with the military. It can get expensive quick! OMK Inc. has come through for my kids at times when we thought we could not.

1 Pamela Bray G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family's experience with Our Military Kids was amazing!! My children, age 8 & 6, were both able to receive tutoring services thanks to their generosity. It was so helpful and heartwarming to receive support during a difficult time of deployment. Thank you soooooo much!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids was easy to work with- they promptly answered our questions, thoroughly vetted us to ensure funds were being used appropriately, and my kids mental and emotional health benefited greatly from their gift to us!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids provided all three of my children with opportunities to make positive memories while my husband was deployed.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This deployment couldn't have come at a worse time for our 15 year old son. At a time when he was struggling socially and emotionally, I knew he needed to attend a residential summer camp surrounded by Christ filled counselors, positive vibes and nature. However, those camps do not come cheap. With Our Military Kids scholarship money, what would normally be a financial strain, became attainable. The $300 grant helped so much, that we were able to find it in our budget to send him for two full weeks!! When I picked him up, he was rejuvenated and had a confidence that I hadn't seen in months. We are truly blessed and forever grateful to Our Military Kids for this opportunity!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids was amazing during my husband’s recent deployment. There are so many unknown financial things that come up during a deployment, and knowing that my daughter’s gymnastics class was paid for by a generous donor made that part of our lives so much less stressful.

1 Kelcey T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

During a really rough time this charity really brightened my child's life. Father was deploying at the beginning of the summer (later was injured) and this charity paid in full for camp invention. Every day she came home beaming. I can't thank you enough for making a child's hardest moments so much better by keeping their minds engaged in activities they love. THANK YOU!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Our Military Kids! This is their happy place! All worries and stress goes away when they are at gymnastics. Thank you for helping my kids during deployment. We are so grateful for this outlet for them while daddy is away.

1 Stephanie S.11

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter Autumn is beyond grateful to have received a grant from Our Military Kids so that she can take two dance classes - Hip Hop and Jazz/Tap/Ballet Combo! Her dance classes have kept her busy after school which helps distract her from worrying about her dad who is currently deployed in Afghanistan. We are thankful from the bottom of our hearts! #OurMilitaryKids

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was given the grant for the last few years of my dance career. I was able to do all the dance I wanted, without worrying about if we were going to afford the payment. My dad is retired Army and I know he was happy to see me happy doing something I loved. This grant made my afternoons full of joy instead of boredom that can lead to trouble. Now I’m a service member and hope that this company can be showcased for all the good that they created.

1 Ashley S.11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization! My son was so excited to be able to join the local wrestling club thanks to our military kids and all of there wonderful donors! He is thriving and really enjoys his wrestling practices! He has had the chance to make new friends and do something he really enjoys! Thank you so much!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids helped us out more than once with fees associated with football and marching band. Participating in these activities all four years of high school have allowed our son, and us as well, become part of both a fantastic athletic community and an amazing band family in our small district. Years ago, my husband didn't even want to leave the house, felt no purpose, hated crowds and felt unsafe, and was in physical pain. Now he's motivated to attend every football game and band competition to show support, and volunteers his time as a Band Dad, building props and chaperoning trips, spending what precious time we have left with a HS senior building memories, and making up for lost time when he was active duty. Paul is the only one of our boys that remembers dad being in the Army, dad deploying. Thanks to OMK helping us that very first year let him do both activities, they've been able to bond in their own way, from learning about Jazz in New Orleans or recording Disney scores in the studio in Disneyland, to playing teams in California and Washington (and seeing Paul's beloved UW Huskies play!). These activities have also kept our son a well-rounded student these last four years, he's in the National Honor Society, and even met his girlfriend, a fellow mellophone player, freshman year marching. OMK helps create a ripple effect when they give kids a place to engage in activities they love.

1 Kristee Mae S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A big Thank you to Our Military Kids, and all your donors for supporting my children during their father's deployment. Thanks to your generosity, my children are able to take 4 months of violin lessons! This is my kids' first long overseas deployment and your program has brought them so much joy! Thank you again for thinking of our little heros.