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We are so grateful to all of the adults who are encouraging their children to learn about charitable giving. We had a wonderful first year with cash donations to three organizations doing great work in Kingston - The Kingston Humane Society, H'art Centre and Save a Family from Syria.
We also appreciate the donated items that members brought in for the Kingston Food Sharing Project and for helping us make special valentines for Providence Care and placemats for Meals on Wheels.
At our first meeting of our second season, we are asking families to consider, in addition to your $10, bringing a donation for Martha's Table Thanksgiving dinner. This is what is on their wish list:
Don't forget that the nomination deadline is Sunday, September 18 at midnight! We look forward to seeing you on Monday, October 3 at 6:30pm at the Boys and Girls Club West End location.
Thank you for your selfless commitment of time, energy, money and generosity for our community! We are thankful for 100 Kids Kingston.
Thank you to the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning for hosting us on Saturday, February 20 at 1pm to record our very own 100 Kids Kingston song with local singer / songwriter Gary Rasberry! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to wear orange. Why not spend your morning at the Kids Creativity Club in the morning from 9am-noon and grab some lunch at the Juniper Cafe?
Watch the video below to learn the words before our session. We look forward to seeing you at the Tett on February 20!
Should we apply for An Awesome Kingston microgrant?
We have been thinking about applying for an Awesome Kingston grant to use for matching funds for an upcoming 100 Kids Kingston meeting. This would add an additional $1000 to one of our selected charities. Do you think this would be a worthwhile endeavour and a useful way for Awesome Kingston to support local charities?
Let us know what you think! The deadline for applications is Tuesday, January 12 for the pitch party on January 21. FInd out more at http://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/chapters/kingston-on
Vote using the poll below and we will share the results with you by Monday, January 11.
Thanks for your feedback on our first 100 Kids Kingston meeting. The majority of those of you who responded to our survey had positive feedback, but there is lots of room for us to improve the experience of children and grown-ups. Here are some of your suggestions and comments and how we hope to address them. If you have anything to add, please add a comment on the blog or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for growing with us!
1. How are the charities chosen and what are the guidelines for their presentation?
We want as many charities as possible to have the opportunity to be nominated. Every child can nominate a charity before every meeting by the deadline online here. Then, we randomly choose 3 to present. The more nominations one charity receives, the better the chance that charity will be chosen. We currently have some guidelines (see the bottom of this page) about the content and the length of each charity presentation, but it's up to the charity to get creative if they wish.
2. Why did the activities start at 6:30pm and the meeting start at 7:00pm?
We received a lot of feedback about the timing of the activities and the length of the meeting. At our next meeting, we will have two different sets of activities for ages 4-8 and ages 8-12 so they are more age appropriate and engaging for both boys and girls. We are also working on activities that can be done with your child/children in advance of the meeting too. The activities will start at 6:30pm and the meeting will start around 7:00pm. If you wish to skip the activities, you can just arrive before the meeting.
3. Why was the cheque not $1,690?
Not every child attended our first meeting. The cash that we received from each child was added up and then reported at the end of the meeting. We will be contacting all of those members who couldn't attend the meeting to remind them to please donate their $10 to the Kingston Humane Society directly.
4. Why wasn't the 100 Minute Challenge mentioned at the meeting?
Because we wanted to make sure we had enough time for all three charities to present and then the 100 Kids members time to vote, we didn't have time to talk about the 100 Minute Challenge. We tried to incorporate that theme into the pre-meeting but will try to do a better job to make that part of the activities at our next meeting. We are working on some fun 100 Minute Challenge ideas for kids to do between meetings and we will be sharing those on the website soon.
5. Why wasn't the registration table set up earlier?
The Boys & Girls Club have generously donated the use of their space for free, but they are a busy place! They have after school programs until 6:30pm, so we aren't able to set up our registration tables much before then. We will do our best to have our table set up by 6:15pm so members can get registered and inside to the activities at 6:30pm.
6. Why were some adults talking throughout the meeting?
We realize that many adults like the opportunity to catch up with each other. However, we ask that socializing be kept to the activity room and to try to be quiet if possible, during the meeting portion. The microphone is a bit challenging in that room, so we are working on a different set-up to make sure all speakers can be heard clearly throughout the meeting.
7. Why did you have all of the voting in one area?
We want to be fair to all three charities and make sure it's easy for younger children to vote for their favourite charity. We are discussing moving the voting buckets to another location so it's easier for the children to access.
Thank you all for an amazing first meeting of 100 Kids Kingston! Our three charities - Habitat for Humanity, Save a Family from Syria, and the Kingston Humane Society - along with their nominees, did a wonderful job presenting. Please take moment to visit our sponsor page to recognize the selfless individuals and organizations who helped make it happen.
Our big winner was the Kingston Humane Society. Congratulations to Grace and the puppies too. If you weren't able to attend the meeting, please send your $10 directly to the Kingston Humane Society. You can drop it off at their location at 1 Binnington Court or donate online here.
We have emailed post-meeting surveys to all of our members, so please fill in your responses by Tuesday, November 17 at 4pm and we will post the results on our blog soon. Your feedback matters!
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, February 4 at 6:30pm and the charity nomination deadline will be Sunday, January 17 at midnight. If you need ideas for charities, please consider one that was nominated before our first meeting - the complete list can be found here.
Thanks to all of the members for their questions through email and social media about our first meeting. Here is an overview of how the meeting will be structured. Mark your calendars for Monday, November 2 at 6:30pm at the Boys and Girls Club on Bath Road (Frontenac Mall). You can also access the Facebook event here.
If you are not able to attend the meeting, we will arrange some convenient locations to drop or mail your donations.
We will have some media and photographers in attendance. We will ensure to connect with all of those who do not want their photos taken at the meeting and will have them subtly marked. If you would like to be interviewed to share your thoughts about 100 Kids Kingston, please let us know at email@example.com
Just a reminder that 100% of all monies raised at the meeting go to the charity the children choose that evening. We would not be able to arrange this type of event without the generous support of The Malinoff Brent Team, Boys and Girls Club of Kingston, Young Designs, Shoppers Drug Mart at Bayridge Drive, Tim Horton’s, and the assistance of our amazing volunteers. A special thanks to Gary Rasberry and Christine Harvey for making our first meeting extra special!
If you would like to become a sponsor of 100 Kids Kingston, please contact us and we will be happy to send you a package.
See you Monday!
This Thanksgiving weekend we have had the pleasure of counteracting most of the election discussions at the dinner table with family and friends with updates about 100 Kids. Actually, we are up to an impressive 151 members! Why not skip the politics for a moment and talk with your children. Ask them to share what they are grateful for and how they give thanks. Here are a few articles to share with family and friends of all ages.
Best wishes for a joyful Thanksgiving!
Thanks for all of your emails and comments via social media about 100 Kids Kingston. The main question we have been receiving recently are suggestions for local charities to nominate. Here are some ideas from us, but feel free to share or post your favourite Kingston charity.
Don't forget the deadline for nominations for our first meeting is October 17. You can nominate a charity here.