The Campaign for Joy: At-Risk Kids

$4,692 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 64 people in 16 months
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Toni Mikulka
on behalf of Gina Moreland
 BERKELEY, CA
Homeless children thrive when they have a safe place to play. Children with Special Needs flourish when given fun, sensory experiences. Teen parents benefit from a strong community of support.

These vulnerable kids - homeless children, children with special needs, children with teen parents - all need a safe and welcoming place to play without high costs, without judgement, and without fear.

Your gift could give one of these children an experience of a lifetime - a wonderful day, a week, or a year, of hands-on, art, play, and learning with Habitot Children's Museum's inclusion programs. Every dollar helps.

Habitot's inspiring play-based exhibits and programs feature a Rocketship to blast off in, an Art Studio with unlimited art supplies, a Wiggle Wall to crawl through, a Wind Tunnel to throw fake leaves in, an Infant Toddler Garden to bounce around in, a Face Painting Studio, and a Pretend Cafe and Grocery Store to play in.

But what happens afterhours is so heartwarming. Homeless children receive birthday parties at Habitot with presents, cake, invitations, and transporation all covered by donors like you.

Children with special needs come with their parents to connect, play and have the museum all to themselves.

Teen parents find a community of support

Imagine the joy these children feel when they come to such a special fun place like Habitot, with kids and families just like them.

Give Now and Your Gift Will Be Matched Dollar-for-Dollar: Doubling your gift!

This is how we will use your gift in 2017:

• We’ll give a very special birthday party to dozens of homeless children living in one of our local family shelters - an exclusive museum experience for their friends and family with a birthday cake, a hand-selected present, special art activities, pizza, and party favors. The kids love their special day, of course, but it’s the parents who have tears of gratitude for this opportunity.

• We’ll welcome hundreds of Head Start preschoolers from all over the East Bay on free field trips - plus a we’ll give each child a $40 Family Guest Pass to return with their parents. Hundreds of children benefited from this educationally enriching program over the last 12 months.

• For children growing up in foster homes, we’ll host free community days of play and family bonding four times a year. With our extensive community connections, we’ll be able to include children who have been reunited with their parents and who need ongoing positive play experiences to heal the family and reinforce good parenting. This high impact program welcomed over 180 individuals in the last year.

• And for children with special needs - many of whom rarely get to frequent public parks or playgrounds - we’ll open our doors for truly inspirational community gatherings for children of all abilities and their families.

These families meet and support each other, and for some children, it's the first time they have ever played with another child. Over 550 children with special needs and families participated in these free, inclusive events last year.

For tens of thousands of East Bay kids under 5, your gift will support the ongoing services of an unparalleled imaginative play and learning space that builds better brains in the early years when it really counts!

Habitot Children's Museum is a 501(c)(3) which means your donation is fully tax deductable. Habitot's IRS nonprofit status determination number is: 94-3191605.

For more information about Habitot visit the museum's website: www.habitot.org, the museum's top-rated GuideStar Profile for transparency in nonprofit development:  https://www.guidestar.org/profile/94-3191605
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With 12 days left in the Campaign, here's an update! So far The Campaign for Joy has received donations from 113 people (mailed contributions, GoFundMe gifts, and donations on Habitot.org), for a combined total of $28,447! Thank you for helping us get this far!

We only have 12 more days to raise the remaining 5.2% ($1,553) of our $30,000 goal for the Campaign for Joy! Habitot's Challenge Donors agreed to match all funds until our newly extended deadline of, 1/31/17.

Help us raise the last bit to reach our goal for the year, to bring much needed museum programming for children living in homeless shelters, for children with special needs, for children in foster homes, and families living in poverty.

We know we can do it! Please spread the word and share this update with your community on all social media. Then send this link: www.gofundme.com/habitotmuseum to five friends and ask them to each donate $25.

Thanks for being in our network of change makers, and for having such a profoundly positive impact on the lives of hundreds of young children in 2017!

Create joy for kids that need it most
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WOW! You've helped us raise $24,028 for Habitot's Campaign For Joy so far! This includes GoFundMe, gifts sent in the mail, and donations through our Habitot.org site. We are JUST $5,972 short of our $30,000 goal! Our Challenge Donors are extending the match deadline to the end of the month, which means all gifts will be doubled! With only 20 days left, we know we can reach our $30,000 goal for 2017.

Thank you so much for helping us get this far.

Help us get even farther - please send this campaign to 5 people asking them to contribute $25 or more by the end of the month and their gift will be doubled thanks to our generous Challenge Donors.

Help us give the gift of Habitot to young homeless children and their families, children with special needs, foster children and many other vulnerable children in our community. Last year, over 6,000 benefited from Habitot's free and supportive family programs. Make a difference in the life of a child in need. Every little bit makes a difference.
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Thank you to all the children and families that came out to Habitot's Giant Gingerbread House Party on December 17th this past weekend to raise funds for the Campaign for Joy. We raised $1,740 in visitor admissions to help support the campaign.

Every little bit helps us reach our goal so that we may continue to provide no-cost programs to children in homeless shelters, children with special needs, teen parents and more. Thank you for helping to make a difference.

And especially thank you to Mommy Nearest for being a media partner to promote our event: https://www.mommynearest.com/edition/bay-area/article/spotlight-on-gingerbread-house-party-at-habitot-childrens-museum
Giant Gingerbread House Party Fundraiser
Giant Gingerbread House Party Fundraiser
Giant Gingerbread House Party Fundraiser
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Press Release:
December 2, 2016
Habitot Children's Museum
www.habitot.org

Habitot Children’s Museum Raises Thousands to Help Homeless Kids and At-Risk Youth

(Berkeley, CA) December 2, 2016
Habitot Children’s Museum in Berkeley is raising funds to provide free programs to homeless children, children with special needs, children in foster homes, teen parents, and low-income families, as part of the Museum’s Campaign for Joy. So far The Campaign for Joy has raised $14,000 from mailed in contributions in addition to $2,395 raised on GoFundMe ( www.GoFundMe.com/HabitotMuseum). The total goal for the Campaign is $30,000. The kindness of community support is needed to reach this goal so the museum may continue to help these vulnerable children in 2017.

In 2017 The Campaign for Joy will make a positive impact in the following ways:

*Free birthday parties will be given to dozens of homeless children living in local family shelters. These children receive an exclusive museum experience for their friends and family with a birthday cake, presents, special art activities, pizza, and party favors.

*Hundreds of Head Start preschoolers from all over the East Bay will receive free field trips - plus a each child receives a $40 Family Guest Pass to return with their parents. Hundreds of children benefited from this educationally enriching program in 2016.

*For children growing up in foster homes, Habitot will host free community days of play and family bonding four times a year. This high impact program welcomed over 180 families in the last year.

*And for children with special needs - many of whom rarely get to frequent public parks or playgrounds - Habitot will provide free family programs to hundreds of children. These families meet and support each other, and for some children, it's the first time they have ever played with another child. Over 550 children with special needs participated in these free, inclusive events last year.

*The museum is hosting a Campaign for Joy Fundraising Day, The Giant Gingerbread House Party, on December 17th to help raise money for these nonprofit programs at Habitot. Families can come and decorate a giant gingerbread house which will be donated to a local family shelter afterward. To buy tickets to attend visit: giantgingerbreadhouse.eventbrite.com


About Habitot Children's Museum

Habitot’s mission is to help parents and caregivers raise curious, creative and confident children with hands-on exhibits and programs to focus exclusively on early childhood, ages 0-5. Habitot aims to reach all children with play via free admission days and in dedicated programs for children experiencing special needs, teen parents, formerly incarcerated mothers, children experiencing homelessness and children in the foster care system.

Since opening eighteen years ago in 1998, Habitot has welcomed over 1,100,000 visitors, filling a niche for new parents and caregivers who seek safe and enriching experiences for young children, with parenting support, a toy lending library, affordable music and art classes, immersive learning exhibits, a drop-in Art Studio, role playing centers.

Habitot Children's Museum has been recognized as the "best museum for families" by Bay Area Parent Magazine and Parents’ Press readers. In addition, Habitot's founder, Gina Moreland, has been honored with a Bay Area "Jefferson Award", and was the City of Berkeley's "Early Childhood Champion of the Year." Habitot received the GuideStar Exchange Silver participation level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. Annually since 2010, Habitot has been designated a "Top-Rated Nonprofit" by GreatNonprofits, a leading provider of reviews and ratings of nonprofit organizations. Habitot participates in the Association of Children’s Museum’s program, “Museum’s For All,” which accepts EBT cards and ensures that all children may enjoy museums regardless of their income.


Habitot Children's Museum
2065 Kittredge Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
www.habitot.org
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$4,692 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 64 people in 16 months
Created October 25, 2016
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