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Completely KIDS educates and empowers kids and families to create a safe, healthy, successful and connected community.

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HEN WE THINK ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY, we imagine one that is safe, healthy, successful and connected. That’s why Completely KIDS℠ has made it our mission to empower kids and families with the skills necessary to break the cycle of poverty and overcome barriers to their success. Each year, we serve more than 2,000 Omaha-area kids, primarily between the ages of 4 and 14, and their families in working toward this mission. Our work takes place before and after the school day. We provide a safe, academically supportive and enriching environment in seven OPS elementary/middle schools, a parochial school, several community-based organizations including area homeless shelters, and at our building. Expanded services are offered to the families of our kids in the form of literacy, educational support, mental health services and referrals to other agencies as needed. Completely KIDS works to address the holistic needs of each child through: • A safe environment with caring adult mentors. • Healthy meals and bags of weekend food. • A hands-on curriculum with a focus on reading, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and classroom readiness. • Partnerships with other agencies to ensure our families’ needs are met. • Basic swimming and water safety skills through swimming lessons. • Behavioral health services and skill building groups. • Leadership and workforce development opportunities for teen alumni.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: $10 provides a bag of weekend food for one child. $25 provides one child with four summer field trip opportunities to expand his or her world view. $50 funds a Family Night, which includes a hot meal and a fun activity to build and encourage strong family relationships, for a group of eight people. $100 gives two children an eight-week service-learning experience to enhance their awareness of community issues. $250 allows 25 parents of Completely KIDS youth to participate in language literacy classes for one week. $500 funds a six-week cooking class for 15 children that helps them learn about nutrition while providing healthy meals each session. $1,000 provides 20 kids with needed academic support and enrichment for a week.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Day of Reading: Take your Completely KIDS buddy on a faraway adventure, down a historic path or on a scientific exploration by reading with him/her. Spend time reading and playing reading games with kids, showing them that reading is fun and cool, and encouraging a love for reading. Fundraising/Supply Drives: Coordinate a fundraising/supply drive to gather weekend food items, swimsuits, school or other program supplies; or raise money. Weekend Food Packing: Get a group of friends or coworkers together to pack bags of food for the kids to take home over the weekend. Onsite Opportunities: Use your talents to make a difference in a child’s life. A volunteer orientation and background check may be required.

• Classes in topics such as ESL, literacy and GED that increase self-sufficiency for parents. • Opportunities for kids and parents to engage with each other and give back to their community. • Outdoor learning through our Nature Explore Classroom and gardening clubs. COMPLETELY KIDS 2566 St. Mary’s Ave. • Omaha, NE 68105 Phone (402) 397-5809 www.completelykids.org Executive Director: Penny Parker Board Chairman: Erin Murnan Guild Board President: Desri Gocken To volunteer or to donate contact: Lacey Locklear, Volunteer and Donations Manager llocklear@completelykids.org • (402) 397-5809 2019

WISH LIST: • School supplies: backpacks, pencils, colored pencils, markers, scissors, erasers, paper, folders, glue • Program supplies: board games, puzzles, dry erase boards/markers • Sports equipment: soccer balls, basketballs, footballs, jump ropes • Family: grocery store/gas station gift cards, toiletries, household cleaning products • Weekend Food Program items and at-site snacks: Contact Lacey

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