K.I.D.S. Impact

What We’ve Heard from Partners

“A young lady [J.L.] in the COPY mentoring program has never played team sports. She is 11-years old and that opportunity has never really presented itself. Mostly that is because of some life issues that make it harder to try out for sports– like her biological dad being incarcerated and her mom caring for her high needs younger brother. Her COPY mentor talked about what kind of goals they were going to work on over the winter months… and the top of the list was her trying to play basketball on her school’s park and rec team. While that sounds easy enough to do, it takes quite a bit of planning and motivation to get registered WELL in advance and money to reserve that spot. Fortunately, the COPY program was able to access money though K.I.D.S. That means we were able to tell [J.L.] and her mom and COPY mentor– that if we are going to work towards this goal of her trying basketball, money would not be the limiting factor. The family was able to qualify for a scholarship with Bend Park and Rec and K.I.D.S. was able to pay the balance of that cost. Happy to report [J.L.] was able to participate in basketball this January though a team effort all the way around.”–Bob Moore, COPY Project Coordinator, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office

“Thank you so much for the money for art supplies for my mentee! She and I usually have an art project for each time we meet. This child deserves some happiness in her life and art has helped her to open up more than ever. Your generosity has helped her to create and feel a sense of encouragement about herself. She smiles more now! Thank you for helping to make a little girl have faith in the system and in others!”

“Hey all. Just a quick note to let you know that COPY sent 20 kids to camp this summer. Thanks again for all each of you do.”

“I got a thank you note in the mail today. K. is a (young) woman of few words… but every year, she seems to add a few more words to her thank you note. I know she had a good time and was very excited to be at camp this year. So was dad.”

Bob Moore, COPY Project Coordinator for the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office

“You helped I.P. (16 years old) achieve a monumental stage in her life…[with a Juniper work-out pass] she was able to prepare. . . before entering [the Oregon National Guard’s] Youth Challenge 2022… [and] to get all the things she needed to make it through this 5 month program.”

“[She] won many awards, earned 10 credits (the equivalent of 20 high school classes), won the leadership award, was on the color guard (a prestigious honor), and now is eligible for early high school graduation and plans to join the military in the medical field. THANK YOU!”

Rosie Laurie from Cascade Youth and Family Center (CYFC)

“A COPY kid was boarding the bus to camp. She came over to let me know how excited she is already about going to Ascension camp next summer. Her dad, grandparents and I all agreed that she has a LONG way to go between now and then… but that did not deter her—she is going to stay excited for the next 11½ months!”

Bob Moore, COPY Project Coordinator for the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office

“In the middle of COVID, K.I.D.S. made the decision to support COPY youth by allowing us to spend money on local youth enrichment opportunities. The flexibility of those funds has been, and remains, critical for our COPY kids. . . In addition to sports, we have used this funding to pay for a Red Cross babysitting class, Lego robotics class, and programs through Camp Fire. In 2022 alone, this funding connected 22 unique youth with opportunities that would not have been available to them without this additional support.”

Bob Moore, COPY Project Coordinator for the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office

What We’ve Heard from Kids

“Thank you K.I.D.S. Committee! With your donation I was able to get a juniper gym pass! With this, I am able to get active, grow confidence!”

“I liked everything about the camp. There was a lot of thang to do but I think my favorite thing was the water events. All in all, it was a greate week.”

“Thank you to everyone who makes it possible for me and my sister to go to Camp every year. This opportunity really means the world to us. We love Cove, and getting the chance to spend a week there really is a blessing from the staff and councelors to the kids, everyone is family and it feels like home.”

“Thank you for the opporinty to start kick boxing. I’ve been wanting to for a while it helps with stress and buildup so thank you.”

“Thank you for giving the opperity to go to K2 speed and trampolen park. I like going there because I’m active and I like doing stuff active.”

“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to practice doing nails. Its something I love to do and part of what I am going to college for. It means so much to me because being a cosmetologist is something I really want to do because taking care of/nurturing others is really important to me.”

What We’ve Heard from Families

“K. was very apprehensive and nervous to leave, but he told me the bus ride to camp was one of the best times he’s ever had. He even felt helpful with other kids that were feeling anxious and nervous too. He is super excited to go this year and has talked about one day wanting to be a camp counselor to help kids like him.”

“M. had so much fun making new friends learning new things and even getting out of her comfort zone to do things that she would not normally do.”

“L. went to beginners camp and she had a real hard time leaving. But she found a friend to sit with which made it all worth it. One of the things she told me when she got back was that this made her feel like a normal kid. That this is what normal kids get to do.  My heart still smiles when I think of it.”