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Rite Aid Foundation Launches New KidCents Regional Grant Program – The Rite Aid Foundation



As part of its commitment to improving the lives of children, The Rite Aid Foundation has launched the KidCents Regional Grant Program, which is designed to support nonprofit organizations that serve children in Rite Aid communities.

“The Rite Aid Foundation is committed to improving the health and well-being of children and creating a safe environment for them to live and grow,” said Tracy Henderson, Director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. “Our new KidCents Regional Grant Program will help us make an even greater impact in the communities we serve by supporting the organizations that are changing the lives of our most vulnerable children and enabling them to achieve future success.”

For the first grant cycle, projects may include out-of-school time programs with a goal of improving nutrition, physical fitness or academic success. The grants will range from $15,000-$30,000 and are available in select counties in twelve states. States include California, Maryland, Michigan, Delaware, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington.

Applications for the grants are available by invitation only. Interested charities must submit a Letter of Interest online at by June 22. Grants will be awarded in November 2018.

Cathryn Tames Receives KIDCHAMP Award – The Rite Aid Foundation

Cathryn Tames Receives KIDCHAMP Award

The Rite Aid Foundation announced that Cathryn Tames, Executive Director of the Children’s Developmental Center in Richland, Washington, has been awarded its KIDCHAMPSM Award for her incredible work over the past 30 years to support children with disabilities and developmental challenges.

Bryan Everett, chief operating officer of Rite Aid Stores and member of The Rite Aid Foundation Board of Directors, also presented Ms. Tames with a $10,000 donation to the Children’s Developmental Center and $500 in Rite Aid gift cards to continue advancing its work to improve the health and well-being of children served by the organization.

“I am honored to receive the KIDCHAMP award from The Rite Aid Foundation and thank them for recognizing the tremendous strides we are making at the Children’s Developmental Center,” said Ms. Tames. “All children are gifted. I remain steadfast and committed to advancing our Center’s mission of helping every child achieve success in school and in life.”

The Children’s Developmental Center, which is the leading neuro-developmental center in the region, provides services to young children with disabilities and challenges in Benton and Franklin Counties. Additionally, the Center provides services to children within the Autism Spectrum and an Incontinence Program.

Ms. Tames joined the Children’s Developmental Center in 1984 as the Program Director and was promoted to Executive Director in 2004. Under her guidance and leadership, the Center now serves more than 300 children a month. She led the recent addition of an Applied Behavioral Analysis program to assist children on the autism spectrum and their families with new skills and communication styles to assist the children in being ready for schooling or other activities.

Ms. Tames is the third recipient of the KIDCHAMPSM Award, which The Rite Aid Foundation created in 2017 to recognize individuals in communities served by Rite Aid that have made a meaningful difference in the lives of children and teens by advocating for their health and well-being, championing education and academic growth and creating a safe environment for them to live and grow.

Congratulations to Ms. Tames!

The Rite Aid Foundation, Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro Team Up to Fight Adolescent Drug Abuse and Misuse – The Rite Aid Foundation

EVERFI KidCents Blog PhotoThe Rite Aid Foundation, Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro are teaming up to bring the Prescription Drug Safety program, an innovative digital course about prescription drug abuse prevention, to Pittsburgh-area high schools. The Pittsburgh initiative is part of a three-year, $1.125 million commitment from The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents Program.

The new partnership was officially announced during a presentation on March 22, at Pittsburgh Brashear High School, one of the schools integrating the digital course into its curriculum. Representatives from each organization were also recognized during the Pittsburgh Penguins match-up against the Philadelphia Flyers, at PPG Paints Arena on March 25. More than 18,000 fans were in attendance and learned about the Prescription Drug Safety program.

The program, developed by EVERFI, the nation’s leading education technology innovator, uses an evidence-based, public health approach to empower high school students with the skills and knowledge they need to make safe and healthy decisions about prescription drugs. Through interactive scenarios and self-guided activities, students learn the facts about drugs, how to properly use and dispose of them, and how to step in when faced with a situation involving misuse.

“Prescription drug abuse and misuse is a growing issue that poses a serious threat to the health, safety and well-being of our nation’s young people,” said Kermit Crawford, president and chief operating officer of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “The Rite Aid Foundation is proud to help introduce this important prevention education initiative to high school students so they can gain awareness and have the knowledge they need to stay safe and prevent abuse before it occurs.”

In addition to the activation in Pittsburgh-area schools, as part of its commitment to creating safe and healthy environments for children and teens, this year, The Rite Aid Foundation, through its KidCents program, will also fund the introduction of the Prescription Drug Safety program to high schools in the Harrisburg/York/Lancaster/Lebanon and Wilkes Barre/Scranton markets in Pennsylvania, as well as several communities in Ohio, Washington and Oregon.



Families Celebrated the Holidays at the Children’s Home Society of California Oakland Family Resource Center – Alice Luck

In December, the Oakland Family Resource Center, a program of the Children’s Home Society of California, presented their third annual holiday event, Winter Reading Wonderland. The event was a great success! Thirty-two families and 102 children attended. The children decorated holiday ornaments with their parents and attended story-time activities. More than 200 children’s toys were given out, courtesy of Toys for Tots and Petco, and 102 children’s books were distributed, courtesy of First Book.

The Oakland Family Resource Center presents several special events each year to promote early literacy, family wellness, and school readiness. The special events and our other core programs at the Oakland FRC are made possible through generous support from our donors and funders, including the Rite Aid Foundation’s KidsCents program. We want to thank Rite Aid for their continued support in 2018, enabling the Oakland FRC to continue offering fun, educational events and programs that help to strengthen vulnerable families across the East Bay and provide all children with the best possible start in life.

The Oakland Family Resource Center is located in the Eastmont Town Center in East Oakland. In addition to special events, the center offers the Resource and Referral Program, Early Developmental Screenings, and the Parent Connection Circle. The center is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Families are welcome to visit on a drop-in basis or call (510) 267-1860 to schedule an appointment. All services are offered in English and Spanish.

Charity: Children’s Home Society of California

Rite Aid KidsCents Makes Dreams Come True for Abused Kids – Joan Ford

Thank you, Rite Aid Foundation KidsCents Program! Your generosity allowed Free Arts to hold its first ever “Celebration of Volunteers,” a night to recognize and honor our long-term, dedicated and hardworking volunteers.

Free Arts relies on more than 200 trained volunteer mentors who donate thousands of hours annually to help abused, impoverished and homeless children recover hope and self-esteem. We could not do programs without our volunteers and we truly appreciated the opportunity to recognize and honor their successes.

Thank you!

Charity: Free Arts

KidCents Grant Helps Young Children Imagine the Possibilities – Mikayla DiCesare

The Woodlands is a nonprofit organization in Wexford, PA that provides children and adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses a barrier-free environment, innovative programs and activities, and an impassioned, nurturing staff. Cub Club, a day camp for children ages 6-12, was created as a means to introduce young children to the many recreational, social and fitness programs The Woodlands 52-acre campus has to offer. Cub Club is held every other Saturday during the academic year.

With assistance from the Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program, The Woodlands can continue to provide opportunities for young children to imagine the possibilities.

We are proud to be a KidCents charity!

Charity: The Woodlands