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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

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely love volunteering at Our Military Kids. Coming from a military family myself, I love helping this specific community of children. This organization is very welcoming and easy to be a part of. They have an abundance of tasks which I help take part in from filing to updating email lists to making brochures. The environment and staff are extremely friendly and help prepare me for a real office job when I am older.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful non-profit !!! Great staff, great cause!

1 Krystle2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the past year and a half, I have been PROUDLY serving as a volunteer Graphic Designer for Our Military Kids. The reason I chose to volunteer at this organization was because the mission at OMK hits close to home for me. I am the mother of 3 military kids (ages 10, 4, and 2), and I know first hand how hard deployments and separations are on the whole family, especially the children. My own children had a hard time with my husband's year long deployment, and I wish I would've known about OMK during that time. Now I know. So next time, I won't be so alone. Organizations like Our Military Kids will be able to help, and I plan to tell all my military friends & FRG all about OMK when their deployments come up.

Being a part of the OMK team has been one of the most fulfilling roles in my life. Not only is the team easy to work with, but I know that all of us: the Director, Staff, Volunteers and Donors have the children's best interest at heart. Not only have I read stories, but I've listened to kids first hand, on how much impact OMK has made on their lives. For some, this organization has saved their lives.

OMK is invaluable to the military community. That is why I continue to proudly serve as a volunteer at Our Military Kids. Knowing that I can be a part of a great organization such as OMK and make an impact in people's lives means the world to me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been performing volunteer work for “Our Military Kids” during the last ten years. Throughout this period I have experienced enormous moral satisfaction and personal joy from the happiness expressed by children who receive grants from “Our Military Kids”. The knowledge that the grant packages are such a great source of encouragement and caring urges me to continue my efforts in support of this wonderful organization. I am also overwhelmed by the emotional acknowledgements from the parents who are extremely thankful for the special consideration accorded to their children while a parent is deployed. “Our Military Kids” fills a void in the lives of kids who bear the burden of an absent parent and I am proud to be part of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

OMK makes a difference! They provide services that no one else does, in an under served population of the military family. I'm proud to have worked with the organization recently and hope to see the around for another 10 years.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is wonderful! They blessed my daughter with 6 weeks of Summer Camp along with some of her field trips paid for as well. This was great because her father is deployed and it helped get her mind off of him not being here right now. Thank you so much!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for Our Military Kids for many years. The staff and the Executive Director are dedicated to the organization's mission of serving the families of our Guard, Reserve and wounded military personnel. There is a concerted effort by all to make sure that most of the funding goes to serve the military families and that very little is used for administrative costs. The staff and volunteers are devoted to the mission. I am delighted and honored to be a volunteer with Our Military Kids in order to thank our military who serve and protect us so well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I used this program with my kid last year and we have a great experience with the YMCA of Puerto Rico (Swimming classes). I recommend to others parents to uses the grant of Our Military Kids. It's a big opportunity for development of our kids in any area (sports, arts, tutoring). We are grateful for the help they gave us.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Sissy Vyskocilova without the Our Military Kids Inc. i would have such a hard time of putting my childrens in camp. Thank you for this type of program that they have for our military family you know that most of our military family can not afford plus most of the time the spouse is deployed and they are left alone with kids is an excellent program and has been a huge help in relieving some of the financial stresses for all the military family. Again i would like to say Thank You to Our Military Kids Inc for helping us while my husband was deployed and he is now back home safe without the Our Military Kids Inc we did not know what to do. Thank you and God Bless the Troops.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my husband deployed to Kosovo, my 3 children each received $500 dollars towards music lessons. Both of my boys are learning to play the guitar and my girl is learning to play the piano. Because of The Military Kids grant money, I have three happy children.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Military Kids is amazing! Deployments are very difficult on the children and Military kids recognizes the children for their service. It is a bright spot during very long deployments. We are very grateful for such a wonderful program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the past, we've only had funds for our child to attend one summer camp per year.
With the support of this program, we were able to send her to three different camps this summer. She was afforded a science program that was not only educational but a "wow" factor. In addtion, she was able to attend two christian-based programs, which she really enjoyed.

A HUGE thank you to those who support this program, and I'd recommend everyone taking advantage of this benefit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids Inc. is an absolutely wonderful program. I have four children and their father has been deployed four times. This last deployment my children recieved grants enabling them to play competitive soccer. They all love the game of soccer but these teams gave them so much more when they needed it. It boosted their confidence and self esteem, and taught them about perserverence. They not only made new and lasting friends, but as a family we bonded with other families. Being a National Guard family we did not have the family support we would have on a military base, but our "soccer family" filled this void. We traveled with them, we spent holidays with them and celebrated with them. These teams filled a void in our family when we really needed it. I have four daughters and their uncles are not nearby and their grandfathers are no longer with us, so it was extremely nice to have great male coaches as role models during their fathers deployment as well. I can't say enough good things about this program and what it has done for our family and especially my kids. I always felt that military kids got short changed, forgotten, when they are just as much heroes as their military parents. This program not only gives them opportunity to participate in great things, it recognizes them for their contribution to our country...and its a pretty big contribution when you think of four deployments totaling about four years of their lives. I thank Our Military Kids every day for being there and being so very easy to apply. Being so busy when my husband was gone, I don't know that I would have applied had it not been so very easy. I thank you!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello my name is Karina Tejeda.My husband is in the Military and currently deployed. When I heard from Military One Source I was amazed of all the great things they do for us. I received two grants for kids.They were for Football and Cheer and let me tell you they are beyond happy because they never had try it before. If there's a program your kids are interested feel free to contact Military One Source they will help you. I am very happy with their service. Thank you

Jackie234

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids is an amazing program that has helped so many families including ours.
While my husband was deployed to Iraq our daughter got to take dance lessons and our son played baseball all with the help from Our Military Kids. My daughter loved every minute of her first year of dance classes!! And it was great that our son had something to do with his friends and teammates to take his mind off of his daddy being away!