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Keep Kids Alive Drive 25

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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 1700 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

99 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

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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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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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a donor, past board member, and an insurance agent, I can tell you Tom Everson and the Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 organization does an awesome job in helping spread the word of encouraging safe driving behaviors. His outreach to communities, neighborhoods, and schools everywhere is a never ending job and he needs everyone's help in spreading the word of changing driving behaviors. I have known Tom for well over 10 years and I continue to support his good cause in many ways. I use information from the KKAD25 website when I meet with new teen drivers to talk about the responsibility of being a safe driver. I encourage all to check out the website and apply what you learn, and please consider supporting this great organization. Keep up the good work Tom!

Doug Geyer, Agent, State Farm Insurance, Omaha, NE

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported the mission of Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 since its inception in 1998. Throughout the past 17 years I have donated to support both their proactive work with communities to engage drivers in practicing behaviors that keep everyone safe on and around roadways as well as their work through Live Forward! in support of families who's loved ones have died in a traffic incident. KKAD25's steadfast commitment to staying focused on their core mission has been, and continues to be, reason enough to continue my donations. I invite you to join me in adding your support to mine as a donor.

Dave Walter, St. Louis, MO

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Through their many outreach events in NE and beyond, Tom Everson & the Keep Kids Alive 25 team have made a positive footprint in the lives of thousands of families across the nation. Ranging from the organization's massive outreach in community education on traffic safety, to commemorative events such as the annual Live Forward Run, KKAD 25 is truly going the extra mile to honor the lives of children lost in traffic accidents, while impacting public perception & awareness on what safe driving means. Now THIS is an organization committed to changing the statistics, one safe driver at a time. Most recently, the KKAD 25 team completed an ascent of Pike's Peak in support of their mission, demonstrating once again, that there are no limits to the power of saving lives. I had the honor of attending a KKAD 25 Live Forward race last Spring, and simply put, am moved by the compassion of this organization to honor each and every child lost, while stopping at nothing to empower each of us to Drive Safely. Great work KKAD25!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 campaign has strengthened the community engagement efforts between the police department and the community. This helped to solve a community problem (speeding) through education and awareness coupled with enforcement. In partnering with the neighborhood association and using the resources at the police department, we successfully launched this campaign to slow traffic down in a section of the city that has been a problem for many years. Tom has been instrumental in providing safety information and assisting with the logistics of the signs/decals. We look forward to using this program for many years to come.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am both a board member, but I am also a parent who lost a child in a car accident. KKAD25 does great educational and outreach programs, but the weekend at Pikes Peak with the other families who lost kids was unbelievable. I was there to run in memory of my son Nate, who was 15 when he died. Nate would have loved to run the Pikes Peak Ascent, so I ran it for him. I really thought that weekend would be mostly about the run, but I was so wrong. This past August we had about 10 families there who had lost a child to a traffic accident. Once you lose a child, you have to find your new normal, but that new normal is no where near the normal everyone else has. But all of the families there have the same new normal that I have. We were free to talk about our kids without having to explain anything. We could talk about our kids without getting that "poor you" look. Sometimes we spend more time comforting people who just found out that we lost a child. That weekend in Colorado, we were free to laugh, cry, hug. smile and share. I never, in my wildest dreams, thought that the fellowship of that weekend would be something that I would treasure forever. The emotional boost of the weekend at Pikes Peak is something that can only be felt, it cannot be expressed in words. KKAD25's mission is to make the streets safer for all, but they have also given an amazing gift to those of us who have lost kids. Ideally, our education programs would end all traffic accidents, but until that happens, we will continue to have our weekend at Pikes Peak to Live Forward and Run to Remember.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 decals work because we are using them on various streets in my community. It has caused drivers to check their speed and slow down. I highly recommend the program.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I was president/CEO of the National Safety Council, Nebraska, I had the opportunity to work with Tom Everson and the Keep Kids Alive program. Tom and his wife, Wendy, were aware of the need for neighborhood street safety programs and began their program in 2008 in response to a tragic incident in our Loveland community in Omaha. After a child’s loss of life, the neighborhood sought help and Tom provided it through the Keep Kids Alive program. It is fabulous how this program has grown and reached many in the U.S. (51 U.S. communities in 20 states this year alone) and around the world in the past 7 years. That’s not surprising when there is such a need to make our streets safer for all and such a dedicated and creative leader as Tom Everson to meet the challenge. Statistics showing speed reductions prove the success. Lives saved are the greatest benefit. Thanks Tom!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Tom Everson has been doing great work in Omaha and across the country for years. I have been aware and very appreciative of his work. Most recently, he joined the Stakeholder Group for our Complete Streets City planning initiative. His experience and expertise has already benefited the effort by his articulate explanations of the benefits and challenges facing the committee. We are fortunate to Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 organization in Omaha. I highly endorse his work and thank him for his dedication and passion for making our streets safe for all users.
Connie

Advisor

Rating: 5

I met Tom many years ago when he had first started Keep Kids Alive Drive 25. His love and conviction to grow KKAD25 and spread the safety messages of KKAD25. In all the years since, I have never seen his conviction waver. There is nobody more dedicated to a more wonderful and successful cause. I wholeheartedly support Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 and encourage others to do so also.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started the Conor Lynch Foundation when my 16year old son was killed by a distracted, hit and run , non-licensed driver. Tom and his organization have been not only a great inspiration to me and the Conor Lynch Foundation but also been a guiding light in the area of street safety. This organization operates from the heart at all times. Tom is constantly reaching out to families who have lost loved ones in the street. So I am a client and a donor and a supporter of Keep Kids Alive and a friend of Tom's because of all they do to KEEP KIDS ALIVE! Thank you Tom and team.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tom Everson has been an amazing inspiration to me and my relatively new suburban Pittsburgh, PA KKAD25 group. He has coached us so unselfishly and provided suggestions, contacts, websites and plenty of patience as it's been a long haul in getting all of the approvals and local support need. We appreciated how responsive he has been to our every question and need. We're very fortunate to have the ongoing benefit of Tom's leadership. Keep up the great work! Anne Mitchell