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Kars4Kids Inc

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Causes: Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations

Mission: Kars4kids funds educational, developmental, and recreational programs for Jewish youth and their families. Our goal is to foster a generation of well-balanced, productive adults. Our means to accomplish this goal is to provide children and their families with a strong network of personal guidance and educational resources, individualized to their needs. Our wide array of services is designed to maximize each facet of a child's development - academic, social and cultural.

Programs: Kars4kids overall areas of activity consist of educational programming, school placement, tuition assistance, mentorship programs, cultural activities, weekend retreats, religious instruction, summer camps, recreation and guidance counseling.

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a mentor for Kars4kids children, I see first hand all the amazing work they do.
One girl I know lives in the city and was a young teenager when her mother passed away. She had to take on the role of what her mother did in the house. She was very busy cleaning and cooking while at the same time keeping up her grades and doing well in school. Kars4kids sponsored her summer in camp where she met me and was able to have a good time and enjoy her summer like a regular teenager. Even now, as she is married and running a house of her own as an adult, she tells me how she misses camp and how her experiences with kars4kids changed her life!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered running a Saturday night program that is funded by Kars4Kids, it's an amazing program to keep these kids off the streets, playing sports and meeting of with mentors, It's truly amazing to see these children grow up graduating high schools and moving on to collage.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Kars4Kids made it so simple and easy...! Detailed communication throughout the process, wasn't left with any unanswered questions, everything happened right on schedule, provided all documentation for tax deduction, was quick and *no stress*. And knowing the donation goes fully to help children and their education, this is a complete win-win for all. Highly recommended, would absolutely call upon them again in the future. PS - and a catchy jingle!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the director of an independent council of Girls on the Run, and we were fortunate to receive one of the Program Partnership Grants from Kars4Kids. This organization is wonderful to work with! After filling out the short grant application online, I was contacted with some follow-up questions and then notified that we had been chosen for the grant. Kars4Kids is an amazing organization that works to benefit kids through their own direct programs but also partners with other small non-profit organizations to ensure that even MORE children are receiving quality opportunities for education and growth!

Donor

Rating: 5

I filled out the Kars 4 Kids form online and within minutes received a follow up email. They quickly scheduled a pick up time that was convenient for me, and the driver was on time and courteous. I received an email receipt the next day and I'm good to go knowing that my my old minivan is now helping kids! Awesome

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Whether you are looking to make a donation or sign your child up to one of their many programs, Kars4Kids is a charity you can trust. Their volunteers are incredibly warm and handle each child with great care. I cannot say enough great things about this organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at a Kars4Kids-sponsored summer camp several years ago and in the years since have been privy to much of the incredible work this organization makes possible. Truly changing countless lives with real dedication.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Got to see first hand their work as i bumped into a group of college kids over the weekend that were in our neighborhood for a reunion with their mentors through kars4kids. What an impressive bunch they were, keep up the good work

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They really care about the families they work with, and help them reach their fullest potential. I am always impressed how volunteers will go the extra mile.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Kars4Kids' support helped us get disadvantaged youth outside in the Pacific Northwest, kids who may not otherwise have had a chance to hike, camp, or snowshoe in the wilderness. They were easy to work with, very friendly and encouraging!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organization! Completely devoted to ensuring that children in this program are given the best chance to succeed!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

What an impressive organization! Between the events, opportunities, programming and marketing, I am constantly amazed at what they are able to accomplish. Great work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

JOY for our Youth, to me, is exceptional on two levels. First of all, the sheer amount of projects that they undertake is impressive. I only know of a few of them as I have friends who are volunteers for them, but they include supplying inner-city youth with their basic school supplies at a time of year that other kids are happily purchasing them. This is a lifesaver and a face saver for these kids! They take kids into summer camp and provide programs throughout the year. But I'm more impressed with the way they built their organization from a fiscal perspective: They run about as good as any high level mid sized for profit business, but use their earnings to sustain their core charitable activities. With the abundance of non-profits all clamoring for the same donation base, it is refreshing to see an organization that looks to earn profits from a sustainable business model, keep overhead extremely low, and minimize their dependence on donations to a very quantifiable and achievable goal.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen personally the extent this organization is willing to go for even one child's welfare. The care they show replenishes my hope for humanity.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent follow through with customer service and going the extra mile to make their customers happy.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

As an educator, I see the difference support and resources can make in a child's life. This organization does make a difference one child at a time.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Very impressed with the organization's logistics systems. Seem to be very thought out.

Varda E.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an organization that understands the key role that mentoring plays in countering the difficulties kids meet growing up. Kids are one of the most vulnerable sectors and it's our duty to protect them and offer them the safest, most nurturing environment possible. That is what this organization does: it offers warmth and support to kids at risk. I've seen the results.

Donor

Rating: 5

Donated my old car to Them. I'm glad I was Able To Help THIS Cause As Children's Education Is Something I Try To support. Kars4kids also was very accommodating and helpful with working around my schedule and arranged a weekend pickup. Highly recommend!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

doing great work with the kids. just attended a wedding of a teen i knew in the program . what a sight to see how he made a life for himself and is a mature successful young man.
Kudos to all who made this possible

Review from Guidestar