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The Rite Aid Foundation Welcomes 2020 KidCents Charities

2020 KidCents Charities
The Rite Aid Foundation welcomed 481 nonprofits to the 2020 KidCents class.

The Rite Aid Foundation Welcomes 2020 KidCents Class

Change adds up – to the tune of more than five dozen scholarships for Girls on the Run of Dayton, a newly minted KidCents charity.

The Ohio organization that uses the joy of running to inspire hundreds of girls is one of 481 nonprofits joining The Rite Aid Foundation’s 2020 class of KidCents charities. Like the others, it will benefit from a $5,000 KidCents grant.

“Girls on the Run of Dayton is incredibly honored to join The Rite Aid Foundation’s 2020 class of KidCents charities. This $5,000 grant alone will allow us to offer over 60 additional scholarships this year,” said Kayleigh Clark, executive director of Girls on the Run of Dayton.

“As we celebrate our 10-year anniversary, we remain dedicated to serving every girl across the Miami Valley,” Clark added. “We believe every girl is inherently full of power and potential. As a KidCents charity, we look forward to building confidence and inspiration in our community and are grateful to The Rite Aid Foundation for its continued support.”

The 2020 KidCents class is the largest ever and more than double the size of the 2014 inaugural group of nonprofits. In total, the Rite Aid Foundation awarded more than $2.4 million in grants as it welcomed the newest class.

In addition to the KidCents grants awarded this month, The Rite Aid Foundation supports work to improve the lives of children through a regional grant program; scholarship funding for Folds of Honor students; and the KIDCHAMP award, given to those who have made a meaningful difference in the lives of youth.

Cathryn Tames, executive director of The Children’s Development Center in Richland, Washington, is one of seven outstanding nonprofit leaders to receive the KIDCHAMP award.

Her organization provides vital services – such as autism evaluations, occupational therapy and speech language therapy – and is again part of the KidCents program.

“The Children’s Developmental Center has been providing early intervention services to young children with developmental delays, and their families since 1977. We support, educate and empower families to assist their child in reaching his or her fullest potential,” Tames said. “The support of the Rite Aid Foundation allows us to do what we do best – make a positive difference in the lives of our communities’ youngest children and their families.”

In addition to Girls on the Run of Dayton and The Children’s Developmental Center, The Rite Aid Foundation also welcomed 69 new KidCents charities to the program in 2020, as well as plenty of returning charities. Examples include:

  • ABC House, Albany, Oregon: Established in 1997, this Child Abuse Intervention Center works with children, youth and families to overcome the crisis of abuse and neglect. Services include: child abuse assessment, treatment, support services, post-trauma counseling, and youth and adult educational programming.
  • Fresh Youth Initiatives, New York: Launched in 1993, Fresh Youth Initiatives (FYI) works with low-income immigrant and first-generation youth in the city’s Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhoods, with goals to help children succeed in schools, navigate life transitions, pursue college and a career, and give back to their community. Through summer camps, afterschool programs and more, FYI works with 1,500 children and teens.
  • Speech and Language Development Center, Buena Park, California: The nonprofit school and therapy center serves children and young adults with special needs in language learning and/or behavior. More than 200 staff members provide programs and services for about 300 students.
  • Inspiring Minds, Warren, Ohio: Founded in 2006, Inspiring Minds focuses on five key areas: education, college and career readiness, exposure to new experiences, health and wellness, and personal development. The nonprofit offers free after-school and summer enrichment programs to under-represented youth.
  • Mighty Writers, Philadelphia: Mighty Writers teaches kids to write through four-day-a-week writing academies at six neighborhood locations in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. All programs are free for the children the nonprofit serves.

KidCents is funded through donations from members of Rite Aid’s wellness+ rewards loyalty program. Customers can direct their change to a specific nonprofit or contribute to the KidCents general fund that provides additional support to charities helping kids in the communities Rite Aid serves. To learn more, please visit www.kidcents.com.

“More than 3 million Rite Aid customers actively choose to make meaningful contributions to help children in their communities through KidCents. The program’s growth is a testament to their generosity and commitment to building a safer, stronger and more supportive communities for youth across the country,” said Jessica Kazmaier, president of The Rite Aid Foundation and Rite Aid chief human resources officer. “The 2020 KidCents class has the opportunity to prove that change adds up exponentially, and we look forward to helping them achieve their goal of giving kids better lives and brighter futures.”

The Rite Aid Foundation Full of Thanks on GivingTuesday

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Children play ice hockey as part of a program through the Adaptive Sports Organization of Ohio, one of more than 400 charities supported through The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program. The KidCents program annually supports a select group of nonprofit, kid-focused organizations committed to improving the health and well-being of children living in the communities Rite Aid serves.

The Rite Aid Foundation Gifts More Than $2 Million

From a therapeutic riding center in Central Pennsylvania to an Oregon nonprofit that uses the power of joy to uplift children fighting cancer and serious illnesses, The Rite Aid Foundation spread gratitude across the country on GivingTuesday.

The Foundation awarded nearly $2.1 million to KidCents partner charities through its Full of Thanks Holiday Program. More than 400 nonprofits received $5,000 grants to continue efforts to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of children in their communities. Since 2017, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded a total of $6.5 million through its holiday campaign.

“Our KidCents partner charities embody Rite Aid’s commitment to be a caring neighbor in the communities we serve. There is no better time than GivingTuesday to show our appreciation to these organizations for all they do throughout the year,” said Jessica Kazmaier, president of The Rite Aid Foundation Board of Directors and chief human resources officer for Rite Aid. “This is our way to show we are full of thanks for our partners and the important work they do to provide kids with better lives, brighter futures and increased opportunities.”

Charities receiving grants include:

  • Children’s Cancer Association, Portland, Oregon: Last year, the Children’s Cancer Association used music, friendship and nature to deliver the healing power of joy to more than 30,000 kids and teens battling cancer and serious illnesses and their family members. It provided support for 270 families facing the emotional and financial challenges of life-threatening pediatric illnesses.
  • Leg Up Farm, Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania: Leg Up Farm positively impacts the lives of 700 children, teens and adults with special needs each year by bringing a comprehensive array of services – such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and more – under one roof. In just the past year, Leg Up Farm provided 14,213 pediatric therapy appointments.
  • The Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program, Detroit, Michigan: The Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program supplied more than 150 boys and girls with coats and boats for the holidays, and provided 110 backpacks stuffed with school supplies. Its programs also helped 135 students receive physicals, dental screenings and eye exams.
  • Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio, Dalton, Ohio: The Adaptive Sports Organization of Ohio has served more than 350 youth and adults with physical disabilities and provided over 1,500 pieces of adaptive equipment to make it possible for athletes with physical disabilities to have a chance to play sports. It has also partnered with six school districts to implement wheelchair basketball programs.
  • EQUI-KIDS, Virginia Beach, Virginia: EQUI-KIDS serves about 90 children with special needs and disabilities each week through its therapeutic riding program. It also works with four elementary and middle school special needs classes each year to use horses to enforce classroom curriculum.

“We are grateful for The Rite Aid Foundation’s support on GivingTuesday and throughout the year,” said Regina Ellis, founder and chief joy officer of the Children’s Cancer Association. “Improving the lives of children, especially those battling a serious illness, requires commitment, relentless dedication and partnership. We are proud to have a powerful and committed ally like The Rite Aid Foundation to help us continue our important work.”