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Kids' Chance Awareness Week
2-6 November 2015

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Who is Kids’ Chance of America?

Kids’ Chance of America is a 501 (c)(3) organization that represents a collection of state-level non-profit Kids' Chance organizations that provide scholarship opportunities to children who need financial assistance due to a parent’s work-related injury or fatality.

Cumulatively, since their inception in 1988, Kids' Chance organizations have awarded 5,479 scholarships totaling almost 14 million dollars.

Visit the Kids Chance Awareness Week website for a complete history, mission statement and vision for the future.

What Makes Kids’ Chance Awareness Week Special?

In 2015, scholarship applications increased significantly but we know there are more students in need of assistance.  Kids’ Chance Awareness Week is designed to increase our visibility through special outreach events in each state that will spread the word about Kids’ Chance scholarship opportunities.  There are currently 29 Kids’ Chance state organizations with several additional states in the planning stages.  Our goal is to establish a Kids’ Chance presence in every state so that all eligible students are made aware of our assistance.  Find out if there’s a Kids’ Chance in your state.

In order to help in that goal, we’ve established the national Planning for College initiative.  For a family who has lost a parent’s income due to a serious or fatal work-related accident, planning for college can become a real challenge.  Through our Planning for College Initiative, we are here to help those families with children of all ages stay in contact with Kids’ Chance so, when the time is right, they’re prepared to apply for our scholarships.  To see if you are eligible for a Kids’ Chance scholarship, enter your contact information in our Planning for College form.

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How Can I Get Involved in Kids’ Chance?

  • Contact the Kids’ Chance organization in your state to find out what special Awareness Week events are planned.
  • Spread the word about Kids’ Chance Awareness Week through social media, tagging Kids’ Chance: @KidsChanceInc.

“There were so many worries going on in the house including my dad's care and future needs … I just knew college was not going to be a financial given. Kids’ Chance made the path to my dreams open and the hard work I can put into it a possibility of achieving a success.”

- Hezekiah, Freshman, University of North Carolina

Kids’ Chance Community Events

  • Kids’ Chance of Missouri will be hosting their Annual St. Louis Trivia Event & Silent Auction on Friday, October 30, 2015 to kick off Kids’ Chance Awareness Week.
  • Kids’ Chance of Maryland will have their big fundraising gala on Thursday, October 22, 2015 – just a little before Awareness Week.
  • Kids’ Chance of Maryland has also gotten the governor to issue a proclamation about Kids’ Chance Awareness Week.
  • Kids’ Chance of Maryland is also holding a bake sale, which will be sponsored by Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company.
  • Kids’ Chance of Maryland will participate in Manic Monday. A TV station in Baltimore features groups to sing the song, “Manic Monday”. On Monday, November 2, 2015, about 25-40 participants will be singing while wearing Kids’ Chance sweatshirts and carrying a banner and flags for the appearance. It occurs at 5:30 a.m. during the local news broadcast.
  • Paradigm will be updating their banner on Facebook and Twitter from October 19 – November 6 to feature the Awareness Week banner; writing a blog post about Kids’ Chance on November 3; and sharing their Kids’ Chance videos on social media, tagging Kids’ Chance.
  • The Paradigm Activities Committee is planning a week of fun and exciting fundraising events to promote Kids’ Chance Awareness Week, including:
  • Monday Night Football Pool
  • 50/50 Raffle – For $1.00 you can purchase a raffle ticket. Winner will receive half of the amount collected from ticket sales, and the other half will be donated to Kids’ Chance of America.
  • Pizza Lunch– Purchase a slice of pizza, a cookie, and a soda for just $5.00 with 100% of the proceeds going directly to Kids’ Chance.
  • Thursday Night Football Pool
  • Month of October Change Jars – No amount is too small!     Everything collected will be donated to Kids’ Chance.
  • Kids’ Chance of New York will hold their first event on November 4, 2015: Where Rubber Meets the Road. There will be cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a Chinese & Silent Auction, raffles, and live music.
  • Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania will have a cement mixer in the Halloween parade, courtesy of Pennsy Supply Inc. The mixer has been branded with the Kids’ Chance logo – Check it out!
  • Kids’ Chance of New Jersey has received a proclamation from Governor Christie proclaiming November 2-6 “Kids’ Chance Awareness Week.” KCNJ has received great support from Governor Christie’s administration with Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno speaking at their 2015 Gala and Harold Wirths, NJ Commissioner of Department of Labor speaking in 2014 and attending 2015.
  • Kids’ Chance of New Jersey – Med-X Medical Management Services will donating $5.00 for every service provided during the entire month of November.
  • Kids’ Chance of New Jersey – Several educational program sponsors have donated time and table space to KCNJ to help promote their organization. Including:
  • Central Jersey Claims Association Annual Golf outing – October 6. CJCA also allowed us to hold a putting contest, silent auction and they benefited from their 50/50 drawing. Total funds raised is approx. $1000
  • TriCounty Orthopedics – October 8-9 – Morristown, NJ
  • Rothman Institute – October 15-16 – Atlantic City, NJ
  • NJ State Assoc of Occupational Health Nurses Annual Conference – November 19, West Windsor, NJ
  • Kids’ Chance of New Jersey – Posters will be up in all Workers’ Comp court rooms in New Jersey.
  • Kids’ Chance of New Jersey – Qual-Lynx, a major New Jersey based workers’ comp insurer, TPA and PPO network will be supporting KCNJ during Awareness Week by hosting a series of events during the week of November 2-6 including wearing blue or green, a dress down day, spare change collections and other activities. Qual-Lynx has also gotten permission for their building management to conduct building wide activities to further the reach beyond their offices to the other tenants in the building and building cafeteria.
  • Kids’ Chance of Georgia – At the request of Kids’ Chance of Georgia, Governor Nathan Deal is issuing a proclamation recognizing National Kids’ Chance Awareness Week in Georgia the week of November 2, 2015, promoting the mission of Kids’ Chance across the country.
  • Kids’ Chance of Georgia – During Kids’ Chance Awareness Week, Kids’ Chance of Georgia will conduct a “Text to Give” campaign utilizing a mobile platform through Click Bid Online and the Facebook boost feature to reach as many people as possible through social media and promote mobile donating to the Kids’ Chance mission.
  • Kids’ Chance of Georgia – Kids’ Chance is the focus charity for the American Builders 2017 safety campaign. A Kids’ Chance recipient, Courtney Turner, has represented Kids’ Chance at the first safety event; a BBQ lunch served in what will be the infield of the new Home of the Braves. The project is nearing the “Topping Out” ceremony which will be held on November 17th, also attended by Courtney and Kids’ Chance of Georgia Board members.
  • Kids’ Chance of Georgia – On October 22nd, the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Georgia Bar will hold a dinner and silent auction on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, the location of the annual Institute for Continuing Education seminar. The WC Section of the Georgia Bar is the first professional organization supporting Kids’ Chance of Georgia since 1988.
  • Kids’ Chance of Tennessee – Kids’ Chance of Tennessee will hold their annual bowling tournament on November 4, 2015.
  • Kids’ Chance of North Carolina received the official copy of a governor’s proclamation for Kids’ Chance Awareness Week signed by Governor Pat McCrory.  They are planning to email updates to all of their supporters as well as create LinkedIn posts during Awareness Week to encourage participation and celebration.
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