Families in Dayton’s East End are aided by a non-profit organization called “Kids in New Directions” or KIND.
Conceived by an inner-city pastor and school teacher 26 years ago, the group sponsors an ongoing program for inner-city at-risk youth.
“Our mission is to feed the mind, body and spirit of children in Dayton, and it has not wavered during that quarter of century of outreach,” said Erica Rinehart, fund-raising coordinator for the group. “Our mission as a faith-based ministry is the foundation of all the programs we provide for children in grades K-12.”
KIND serves those in the 45403 zip code and six other surrounding zip codes.
“This area is the heart of the East End of Dayton and is made up of impoverished and low-income families,” Rinehart said. She said 57 percent of KIND families have an income of less than $15,000 a year, 42 percent of the families have two or more children and many children are being raised by single parents.
“Meeting most of the children’s needs as a parent becomes difficult-to-almost impossible,” Rinehart said. “With so much emphasis on teaching our children to get a proper education, this places a strain on majority of the KIND parents. More than 32 percent of KIND parents have less than a 10th-grade education level themselves, which makes it difficult to help their own children with homework.”
That’s where KIND comes in, aiding the schools and parents.
“We offer free programs to enhance academics in math, reading, science, health and fitness, art and music,” Rinehart explained.
In order to achieve their goals, the organization is always in need of supplies and equipment. The last time we wrote about KIND in Make a Difference, readers responded by donating school supplies and musical instruments.
“With the increase of children and youth attending our programs, we are currently in need of community support,” Rinehart said.
Here’s the wish list:
- Coloring Supplies: markers, crayons, colored pencils, pastel crayons, finger paint, paint for art class, glitter
- Buttons, beads
- Colorful chalk, chalkboard erasers
- Small dry-erase boards for kids, dry-erase markers and erasers
- Art Supplies: Scissors, hot glue guns with glue sticks, school glue sticks, school liquid clear glue, construction paper,
- poster board, card-stock paper
- Painting smocks to protect clothing
- Milk carton crates
- Small crates or bins to hold crayons, pencils, etc.
- Tissue paper
- Pipe cleaners
- Rubber bands
- No. 2 Pencils
- Electric pencil sharpeners
- Classroom Cubbies to hang jackets and book bags
- Round Tables
- Chairs Adult/Kid Size
- Conference tables, conference chairs
- Computer desks, computer chairs
- Office chairs, office desks
- Bean Bags
- Student desks
- Computer desktops, keyboards
- Mouses and mouse pads
- Flash drives
- Cabinets for art storage
- Storage shelves, storage bins
- Box fans
- DVD player
- Portable stereo player
Items can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Life Enrichment Center Building, KIND program, 425 N. Findlay St. Suite 218, Dayton (45403) Call Erica Rinehart before you come at (937) 409-8433 and someone will be there to accept your donations.
Families also are invited to attend the KIND Annual Kids Carnival event slated for 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Memorial Church, 2338 East Fifth St., Dayton. The event is free.
For more info go to www.kinddayton.org.
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