You know the expression, No man is an island? Well, at ReadyKids, No kid is an island. Because, behind every single kid we work with, there is an actively engaged network of people—a community. Our community, and yours.
Our staff works hard, but we don’t do it alone. We’ve got a team of partners, supporters, volunteers, donors, and so many more who come together to improve the lives of our kids. We have longstanding partnerships with some amazing area nonprofits, local government, law enforcement, day care centers, schools, families and individuals.
For example, did you know that Habitat for Humanity provides us with space and support so we can bring pre-school like learning opportunities and family support to one Albemarle County neighborhood? That same ReadyKids program—ReadySteps—partners with the City of Promise, the Women’s Initiative and PB & J Fund to bring families resources, skills and experiences they would not otherwise receive.
Our Victims of Child Abuse (VOCA) program helps form the backbone of an alliance which fights to prevent child abuse and neglect in Central Virginia. The alliance includes several Departments of Social Services, the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA), Court Appointed Child Advocates (CASA), the Foothills Child Advocacy Center (FCAC), Victim Witness Services and the Shelter for Help in Emergency and law enforcement, amongst others.
Our Healthy Families program works hand-in-hand with CHiP and REAL Dads works with inmates inside the Charlottesville/Albemarle Regional Jail. Early learning programs, like STAR Kids team up with Head Start and, with the help of dozens of volunteers, the Play Partners program brings early literacy activities to area kids. These volunteers, child care centers and home-based day cares are all part of our family.
Our Teen Counselors couldn’t do their jobs without the help of area schools and hundreds of local child care providers invite the ReadyKids Child Care Quality team into their homes and classrooms in order to create the best possible experiences for our little ones. There are so many more partners (we’ve probably forgotten some), including Charlottesville Radio Group and Charlottesville Family, whose time and efforts have helped us get the word out, the United Way, which provides funding and volunteers every single year, not to mention long-term partners like UVa, Book Baskets, Kiwanis and the Paramount.
Today, we want to show you that no nonprofit is an island. No kid is alone. Today, we give you, not ReadyKids, but a
community—a family—without whom none of this would be possible. To you—our partners, supporters, families and kids —we say thank you.
Ready to join the family?