We've all seen the street sign that reads: Caution Children Walking in Street. Than there are the hidden signs that can only be seen in the eyes of impoverished kids throughout the metro: Caution Children in Need. No other Omaha nonprofit has answered this call better than Completely KIDS℠ who recently was recognized for their selfless efforts. The Greater Omaha Chamber named Completely KIDS℠ as the Nonprofit of the Year during the Big O! Excellence Awards Luncheon May 15 in Omaha, Neb.
“We are thrilled to be the recipient of this award,” said Completely KIDS℠ Executive Director Penny Parker. “It’s a testimony that members of the Omaha community acknowledge the needs we are trying to meet daily, and that they value the work we do.”
Completely KIDS℠ disaffiliated last year with its national organization, Camp Fire USA, as a way to ensure that the money the organization raises stays in Omaha. The name Completely KIDS℠ more closely reflects the services the organization provides and presents opportunities to grow programs for the families of the children it serves.
Annually, Completely KIDS℠ serves more than 2,000 children and teens through out-of-school time programs in eight schools, three homeless shelters and at the Completely KIDS℠ building, addressing the needs of the whole child by building on four components – youth development, nutrition and healthy meals, academic support and school partnerships, and family.
|Volunteers filling backpacks for their weekend food program.|
“Our organization has had a longstanding relationship with this community, and we are fortunate to have loyal donors who recognize the unique role we play,” Parker said. “Our transition this past year into Completely KIDS℠ only aligns us closer with our mission and allows us to more effectively serve the Omaha community.”
While Completely KIDS℠ core programming serves children and families primarily in South Omaha, its Prevention Education programs use education-theater to reach children and adults across Douglas and Sarpy counties. The Prevention Education programs teach children how to recognize, report and avoid inappropriate interpersonal and online interactions through “The Bubbylonian Encounter” and “Adventures of Natalie the Net Nanny.”
The Nonprofit of the Year award recognizes an organization for its excellent stewardship of resources and exceptional outcomes. Organizations are evaluated on the following criteria:
- Outcome-based service/program delivery practices that exhibit community impact and involvement.
- Demonstration of financial stability and good stewardship of donor dollars.
- Demonstration of commitment to its organizational mission.
Completely KIDS℠ was selected out of three finalists for the nonprofit award, including Legal Aid of Nebraska and Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska.
population-we™ salutes Completely KIDS℠ for slowing down and helping out the kids in need in our Omaha Metropolitan community. Congrats on your recent honor!
For more information about Completely KIDS℠, visit completelykids.org.