We are Kids Empowered On the Move! We grew out of a community response to neighbors in need to the pandemic. We want to continue reaching the most vulnerable & marginalized people primarily in Oakland County - those who do not qualify, cannot receive, or have no other way of accessing community resources. Please consider giving a donation of $5 or more and asking others to participate with you.
Our Background For over 20 years, we provided social emotional programs for kids in poverty and conferences for the community. At the start of the pandemic Kids Empowered On the Move raised funds to have 50 volunteers deliver food to 200 families in need. We joined an effort called ‘My Covid Response’ to organize all the food banks and drives. The database allowed scheduled volunteers to deliver food to those in poverty.
As our volunteers got to know the families they were serving directly, they learned of a lot of other needs —like furniture, clothing, car repairs and medical bills. One day a volunteer delivering meals was asked if we could also help provide a baby bed for a baby sleeping in a dresser drawer. Since that day we pivoted from offering Social & Emotional conferences and programming for kids, to providing essential resources for those in poverty as well as emergency housing for homeless families.
Over the last two years we have connected over 1,000 volunteers to families in need, with only one staff person. We have made over 19,000 food deliveries. We have delivered furniture, clothing, paperwork, gas cards, special holiday gifts, birthday cakes and so much more. We bought 5 mobile homes for families without homes and have housed over 60 kids and adults. We have an Adopt a Family for Christmas and Easter for over 200 families. We have seen beautiful things happen with our volunteers learn about their neighbors’ stories.
Our Future If awarded this project grant, we plan to develop our own website that will allow us to build a structure to further connect volunteers & beneficiaries and maintain the quality of support we know families need. We have seen the power of community; we just need to build the platform and processes to better connect them.