Mission: R'Club's mission is to strengthen children and families through quality child/youth development programs which focus on respect, responsibility, resourcefulness, and responsiveness.
Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 3,000 children and their families. 86% of our early childhood program graduates tested ready for Kindergarten when entering school.
Programs: R'Club Child Care is the largest nonprofit child care provider in the Tampa Bay region serving more than 3,000 children daily in 47 locations with over 400 staff and a budget of a little more that $16 million annually. R'Club provides programs for children from 8 weeks through middle school and for children with disabilities through 22 years of age. Programs are early childhood education centers, public school-based before and after school, full days on teacher professional days, holidays, summer and other vacations and home-based early literacy services. R'Club also is the official child care provider of the Tampa Bay Rays, providing child care for players' children at all home baseball games. The agency was named the 2008 Nonprofit Business of the Year by the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, the 2007 Nonprofit of the Year in the education category by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, and was named one of the 70 Top Workplaces for 2011 by the St. Petersburg Times.
This group is engaging, proactive and always looking at ways to get involved, so that the kids they serve benefit. The Executive Director, Art O'Hara, runs 2 non-profits, and has also just proposed and was engaged as a delegate to a 3rd program. He found our crowdfunding site (CauseToFund.com) online and sent us an email back in Fall 2012, asking for info on how to raise money via "the crowd."
After a few meetings and some planning to find the right project, we are currently running an online campaign to raise money for children's summer camp books through crowdfunding.
You can find info about the project at this link, on our local crowdfunding site focused on local causes: