The Kids Matter Project works to help smooth the transition that youth face as they move out of their homes and into alternate housing, be it a safehouse, homeless shelter, foster care, or group housing.
When a child is removed from their home because of abuse, it is often a whirlwind process and they aren’t given the time to gather their toys and necessities like school supplies and hygiene items. Often, they don’t even have these possessions in the first place, because of neglect.
The Kids Matter Project provides backpacks and totebags filled with brand-new toys, toiletries, books, and school supplies to children and teens in Northern Colorado who have been victims of abuse. The Kids Matter Project has made over 3,000 bags for youth since we began in 2001.
The Kids Matter Project was started in 2001 and has been continually run entirely by local teens. We are looking for enthusiastic, hardworking, and committed teens to volunteer with us. We are especially in need of teens who are willing to volunteer on a regular basis and make a lasting impact.
Volunteers with the Kids Matter Project generally help by shopping for supplies, assembling bags, communicating with caseworkers, and delivering bags to agencies. Other duties may include writing grants, organizing fundraisers, and giving presentations to groups.
For more information or to volunteer, please direct emails to [email protected] .
Thank you for considering a donation to The Kids Matter Project! We are constantly in need of new supplies to put in the bags. Our most needed items include:
- Baby items: toys, teething rings, pacifiers, bibs, etc.
- Barbies/Action figures
- Small games: card decks, legos, jump ropes, etc.
- Art supplies: colored pencils, crayons, markers
- Coloring/activity books
Note: All items must be new.
Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated and can be made out to Realities for Children Charities, with “The Kids Matter Project” written in the memo line.
Realities for Children
308 East County Road 30
Fort Collins, CO 80525