Our organizations focus is for those individuals who are facing particular hardship and our hope is to reach the younger children. We especially love smaller kids getting an introduction to healthy activities that help their developing bodies and make good habits for leading a healthy lifestyle. For the older kids, we are getting to reach are youth that have been lucky enough to find something to love. As board members of the KCSA, when we look over scholarship applications we take into account recipients who are already making an effort to support their passion. When especially large requests come in we can't guarantee the whole amount will be awarded. Below are some helpful ideas on how you can help yourself towards your success.
Those who don't have time or aren't able to take care of basic seasonal maintenance are always in need of help. Make sure they know what your fundraising is supporting and you may reach your goal more quickly than you thought.
It's a fact - our cars are dirty year round. Either by dirt, pollen or snow melt. There are a lot of businesses who will donate their parking lot and water access for a good cause. Why not offer detailing or decorating for an extra fee?
Aim high! You can have a stand in front of your house for popsicles or lemonade or go so far as to take orders for specialty cookies. The Kootenai County Farmers Market has a Community Booth at each event that you can apply for. Sometimes you can just bring a table and set up a sale booth. Be sure to check in with the Market Manager before you make any plans.
In such a dog-friendly city, you probably have multiple neighbors who would be willing to pay a small fee for some daily pet attention that they aren't able to manage. A good place to start looking would be workers who have a night shift industry.
Even if a person doesn't like surprises, they like to know somebody is thinking of them. Market yourself to personally deliver a nice gesture, hand made card, or serenade by kazoo. You can check with local florists to see if you could be their delivery driver for a day, with all fees and tips going towards your cause.
Paying it forward can take many forms. Flamingos are a fantastic way to pass it on. You can borrow or buy reusable things like flamingos, lawn gnomes or pinwheels and "flock" a designated recipients lawn, desk, door or parking spot.
KCSA recently discovered this gym. Right now it focuses on the younger kids and helps form basic gross motor skills all the way up to enthusiastic parkour. The owners, Katie and Josh, are incredibly dedicated to our young community and won't let a financial barrier get in the way of children gaining in necessary skills. https://www.momentumsportsandplay.com/
The owner of this fantastic dance school is so dedicated to her students that she personally sews their costumes for two yearly performances. She also purchases practice shoes out of her own pocket to ensure there is every opportunity for each of her students.
The only track and field club in norther Idaho is this one. Formed out of a love for the sport and the frustration at having to travel out of state just to practice, a young teenager started this club and the result of one year of effort has been invitations to the Junior Olympics! These athletes want you to come play with them and they'll make sure nothing stands in your way.
This facility was planned to meet all needs. They have a very strict pH water policy, special needs accessibility, and seasoned instructors. The Safe Splash portion is a swim instruction facility for ages ranging from infancy, while their sister instruction is Swim Labs which features infinity current pools that have reflective bottoms and 360 degree viewing for stroke analysis. The owner of this facility has voiced her intention to be a big advocate to meet children's needs in our community.
Any child who can get a hold of a bicycle can usually ride it like they were born to it. This organization gives them that opportunity. The owner manages the collection of second hand bikes and uses volunteer labor to help make them road/track/imagination ready. Maybe it's not a given that every child should have a bike, but maybe it should be. Here is the man that can help.
This gymnastics facility helps introduce young kids into the competetive world of gymnastics and fosters that instruction through their growth. A lot of their alumni end up being instructors at the gym. They are a local organization and pride themselves and being able to reach children of all ages.
This is a non profit organization that facilitates volunteer opportunities for kids. They will take your age and interests into consideration and match you with a great opportunity to help your community and satisfy a school or job requirement.
This is an organization out of Washington but they visit Idaho frequently. They have scheduled food distribution days and families can drive through the booth and pick up healthy food for no cost. They are always looking for volunteers to help distribute.
This website is a great way to hone in on your passion, or what you'd like to learn more about. The filters on volunteer opportunities can be narrowed down to your area, how many hours and what kind of labor you can offer, your strong skills, and what they can give you in return. This is a great place for any community-driven individual to start.