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 2000 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 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:
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/.
THANK YOU TO OUR RECENT KIDSPLAY PARTNERS:
Ball 4 Good
Canyon School Pride Bingo
The Frisch Family
Orange Elks Lodge #1475
Orange Junior Soccer Club
KidsPlay proudly announces some new partnerships in support of our youth!
With thanks to the Frisch Family, we were able to provide swim lessons for 82+ youth at
AquaTots Swim School and
Blue Buoy Swim School.
With thanks to Canyon School Pride Bingo, are providing assistance mental wellness opportunities for local youth.
We are always looking for ways to help enrich the lives of our youth--let us know if you want to help!
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