What is KidsPlay™?
KidsPlay™ removes financial barriers and expands opportunities, inspiring our local youth to live active lifestyles and promoting both mental and physical health. The Community Foundation of Orange created KidsPlay™ in 2007 when we saw a need for providing financial assistance to underserved youth, allowing them to participate in visual and performing arts and youth sports programs.
To date, we have assisted over 2500 youth and are actively finding ways to meet the changing needs within our city. We work closely with OUSD Title One schools, community centers, mental health professionals and other leaders in the community to identify and assist those families most in need.
What’s New with KidsPlay™ ?
In 2021, a need was identified to reach out and support our youth by adding a mental health component to the KidsPlay™ program. We have recently formed a new relationship with CHOC to access additional resources. We pride ourselves on staying aware of the changing needs of our youth and meeting those needs with creative and successful solutions.
KidsPlay™ at Work in our Community
We know that working together allows the best chance for success. We have partnered with over 75 local schools, companies, non-profits and other organizations, making the most of every dollar raised and every opportunity we have to change lives. KidsPlay™believes that a persons’ choice is a reflection of their options. With your support, we are providing positive and healthy options that not only make an immediate impact on the families we serve, but ultimately create a change that strengthens the entire community for years and years to come.
COSTS: KidsPlay™ will assist with registration costs associated with participation in qualifying extracurricular activities. An additional amount may be allocated for necessary equipment or supplies. Cost coverage will vary and will be based on matching funds (matching the amount that each family and/or organization has provided). The CFO will reimburse registration costs directly to provider.
ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS: KidsPlay™ currently supports participants in K-12th grade, who demonstrate financial need by submitting a KidsPlay™ Application (link at top of page on the right side) and supporting documentation. Applicants must reside within Orange Unified School District boundaries or attend school within the boundaries of the Orange Unified School District.
HOW TO REQUEST FUNDING: Families requesting assistance from KidsPlay™ should provide the following documents:
KidsPlay™ Application for each child, with one or more of the following within two weeks of the close of registration:
Additional information may be requested to verify need and prior funding does not guarantee continued funding.
Send all inquiries to:
Community Foundation of Orange
c/o KidsPlay™ Program
1940 North Tustin Street, Suite 106
Orange, CA 92865
For more information, please contact:
Ron Esparza, 714-505-3400 (email@example.com)
Moira Singer, 714-538-5591 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Funding is disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Approval may take up to four weeks.
**Initial funding for KidsPlay™ was obtained through a $10,000 matching grant from the Orange County Youth Sports Foundation, which, for the past 51 years, has raised funds to build and maintain youth sports programs and help scholar-athletes meet the financial challenges of a college education. More information onf OCYSF can be found on their website at https://ocysf.org/.
KidsPlay strikes again, providing donations to both El Modena Basketball and Orange High Panther Football, in appreciation for their support!
THANK YOU TO OUR RECENT KIDSPLAY SPONSORS:
The Frisch Family
Orange Elks Lodge
Sonic Divinity/Tim Ringgold
KidsPlay proudly announces some new partnerships in support of our youth!
October 2021 allowed us the opportunity to send 19 mini-cheerleaders to the El Modena Cheer Camp, and 11 5th-8th graders to the El Modena Boys Basketball Camp! We also provided cheer uniforms for some deserving middle school cheerleaders at Santiago Middle School.
With thanks to the Frisch Family, we were able to provide swim lessons for 20+ youth at
AquaTots Swim School and
Blue Buoy Swim School
With thanks to Canyon Pride Bingo, we have partnered with HeadsUpCheckUp to provide mental health screenings for
We recently offered Mariachi Camp to 10 youth through Rhythmo Academy!
OJSC recently provided matching scholarship funds for 4 fall recreational players so the players incurred no cost to play.
We were able to assist two families who lost everything in a house fire, providing sports equipment and activity sets.
And Pacific Conservatory in Orange recently offered summer music camp at no charge to some of our KidsPlay kids.
We are always looking for ways to help enrich the lives of our youth--let us know if you want to help!
We are no longer accepting applications for Orange Chiefs Youth Football or Cheer. We have exhausted our funding for the football/cheer program.
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