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Grant to fund afterschool, family, mental health, weekend food efforts
OMAHA (July 2, 2018) – Completely KIDS℠ is pleased to announce that United Way of the Midlands awarded a $232,000 grant to support the Completely KIDS afterschool program, family and mental health services, and weekend food program.
Completely KIDS Executive Director Penny Parker said agency services are greatly impacted by the support of United Way.
“United Way partners with us to empower and improve the lives of children and families, and ultimately, our community,” Parker said.
With the help of this grant, Completely KIDS will continue applying a multigenerational approach to help kids succeed academically by working with children in the afterschool program and providing adult education and parenting classes for their parents. Funding will also assist Completely KIDS in providing behavioral health services and skill building groups for kids dealing with trauma and/or behavioral issues due to the effects of poverty.
Last year, Completely KIDS distributed more than 22,000 bags of weekend food. The agency plans to grow this number in the coming years. The UWM grant backs the expansion of this program and supports the collaborative effort to meet basic needs and end hunger in our community.
Alexander* is a sixth grader who has benefited from a range of Completely KIDS services. He receives weekend food and staff worked with his mother to connect him with a therapist after observing cognitive and behavioral barriers.
“Through a referral, we began to work with both his mother and the sixth-grade individualized education program lead teacher to find out what are the best interventions to support him in the classroom,” said Program Coordinator Veronica Switzer.
After establishing and implementing a plan to help Alexander achieve success, Completely KIDS staff have observed improvements in Alexander’s behavior.
“Alexander is a perfect example of the initiatives United Way supports through nonprofit partnerships,” said Carla O’Donnell-Rizzo, Completely KIDS Director of School-Based Programs. “Together, we’re joining efforts to meet basic needs and cultivate success for kids and adults here in Omaha.”
About United Way of the Midlands
We focus the efforts of many to help our neighbors stand strong – by addressing basic needs, and fostering success in the classroom and the workplace. www.UnitedWayMidlands.org
About Completely KIDS
Completely KIDS ensures that our families have access to the knowledge and skills necessary to break the cycle of poverty. It’s our mission to educate and empower kids and families to create a safe, healthy, successful and connected community. In supporting this mission, we assist more than 2,000 children and families each year in overcoming barriers, as a result of poverty, to their success. https://www.completelykids.org/