Spring Break Science Camp: Hands-On Fun With STEM

Spring Break Science Camp: Hands-On Fun With STEM

For the 2nd year in a row, KidWorks Spring Break Sensational Science camp was truly a success. Over the week of Spring Break, 170 students came to KidWorks for a week of hands-on STEM fun including 29 new students from the community.

Students got the opportunity to participate in hands-on science projects including designing a roller coaster, making play dough, race cars they built and designing a space suit thanks to our friends at PBS who provided the curriculum and materials for Science Camp.

KidWorks Volunteers of the Year

KidWorks Volunteers of the Year

KidWorks is blessed to have 936 volunteers serve each year at our four centers contributing an impressive 14,936 hours of service. Volunteers serve in our classrooms, help with graphics and blog writing and even help us raise money. As part of National Volunteer Week 2019, we want to recognize two outstanding volunteers at KidWorks who were named co-volunteers of the year because of their outstanding service.

Volunteer of the Month: Dale Green

Volunteer of the Month: Dale Green

Dale has taught KidWorks University workshops since 2012, focusing on electronics, weather science, computer programing and woodworking. An electrical engineer by trade, with decades of professional experience, having designed automated test equipment for hydraulic components, industrial grade battery chargers and telecommunications equipment. 

KidWorks Youth "Crash" College Campuses Across CA

KidWorks Youth "Crash" College Campuses  Across CA

When KidWorks youth think spring break plans, it’s not a sunny vacation they are planning for.   They are thinking about the long awaited “Campus Crash” week which is a key part of KidWorks College Success Initiative.  Campus Crash is designed to expose students to a real – life college experience that instills in them the belief and motivation that college can be their reality.   

Volunteer of the Month: Amanda Iglesias

Volunteer of the Month: Amanda Iglesias

If you put Amanda Iglesias in charge of a Christmas toy drive for underserved kids, be prepared for record-breaking results.

Our February “Volunteer of the Month” led the effort to fully stock our 2018 Christmas store, which allows parents to purchase deeply discounted gifts that they would otherwise be unable to afford for their children.

KidWorks Resolves To Make 2019 An Amazing Year

KidWorks Resolves To Make 2019 An Amazing Year

Resolve.  One definition of the word is to “decide firmly on a course of action.

Our resolve is stronger than ever to make 2019 the most beneficial experience possible for the hundreds of students and families we serve at KidWorks.

Another variation of the word resolve is resolution.

With 2019 now fully underway, we’d like to share our very own KidWorks’ 2019 New Year’s Resolutions:

STEM Focus Preps Students For Careers That Create A Better Society

STEM Focus Preps Students For Careers That Create A Better Society

“I want to be an astrophysicist.”  “I want to be a biomedical engineer.”  “I want to be a gastroenterologist.”  “I want to be a computer systems software developer.”  “I want to be a mathematician.”

Those aren’t exactly the words you’re likely to hear from the young students enrolled in our state-licensed preschool, but we plant the seeds for meaningful careers at the earliest possible opportunity.  And that focus continues as they walk with us through high school graduation and on to college.

Simple Tax Saving Strategies To Give Back To KidWorks Before Dec. 31

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Whether you need to give a gift for the person who has everything, make a year-end charitable contributions for tax purposes, or simply want the warm feeling of supporting the new students coming to KidWorks, there are several ways to give the gift of education to a student at KidWorks that can also provide meaningful tax savings to the donor. 

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act went into effect on January 1, 2018.  Due to the higher standard deduction, the $10,000 cap on state and local tax deduction, and other changes, you may not expect to itemize your deductions for the 2018 tax year.  Without itemized deductions, you may lose all tax benefits associated with charitable giving to KidWorks. 

Here are some simple ways you can give The Gift of Education to A student at KidWorks

IRA Rollover Gifts:
If you are age 70 1/2 or older, you can give KidWorks up to $100,000 from your IRA account by using the Charitable Distribution Provision, even if that gift is more than your annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD).  The direct transfer will not be included in your taxable income, and, therefore, you would not have to pay tax on the direct transfer to KidWorks. Instead of giving $10,000 per year over the next five years, you would give $50,000 in one year, taking you above the new standard deduction and thus providing a tax benefit for your contribution.  An added bonus is that these direct transfers to KidWorks count toward satisfying your required minimum distribution for the year.  Bear in mind though that these direct transfers must come from IRAs; they cannot come from 401(k)s.

Stacking or Lumping Gifts:
Another option to make a charitable donation and still get the tax benefit is to stack or lump your charitable giving

Gifts of Stocks, Bonds, CDs, & Mutual Funds:
Gifts of stocks, bonds and mutual funds are a great way to support KidWorks that can provide significant year-end tax savings to the donor.  By donating stocks or other securities, you can avoid paying capital gains tax that would otherwise incur if you sold these assets. Be sure that you have owned the shares at least 12 months and one day (the IRS definition of “long-term”) and that the stock has appreciated.

Donating A Vehicle:
If you have an extra vehicle that you no longer need, make the most of it by donating that car, truck or boat to KidWorks. We will secure top dollar for your extra car, and you can support the KidWorks Mission. Call (714) 834-9400x133 to learn more. 

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Your gift to KidWorks is an investment that immediately impacts the students and community we serve.

We recommend that you review these ideas with your financial advisor or CPA to determine what strategy is best for you to achieve year-end tax savings while supporting KidWorks.  As always, we take the privacy of our donors very seriously, click here to read our Donor Privacy Policy and the Donor Bill of Rights. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact a member of our development team. 

Note: KidWorks Community Development Corporation cannot give tax or legal advice. Please consult your own professional tax advisor about the best way to take advantage of any giving opportunity.

Volunteer Of The Month: Joe Cristina

Volunteer Of The Month: Joe Cristina

Six years ago, professional musician Joe Cristina had a conversation with himself.  He asked, “How does a Christian artist, musician and person of faith function in the secular world and make an impact and grow in their faith?”

Our December 2018 KidWorks “Volunteer of the Month” heard God’s answer, and he hasn’t slowed down since.

KidWorks Donors Raise $750,000 for After School Programs at Foundation for Success Luncheon

KidWorks Donors Raise $750,000 for After School Programs at Foundation for Success Luncheon

KidWorks is especially grateful to everyone who made November’s Foundation for Success luncheon such a meaningful way to empower our proven after school programs.

Over $750,000 was raised during the Nov. 8 event, and those funds are already at work helping over 1,300 students in grades preschool through high school to excel academically, develop their leadership skills, grow spiritually and explore their artistic talents.

Giving Tuesday is coming to KidWorks

Giving Tuesday is coming to KidWorks

#GivingTuesday has been the global day of giving since 2012.  #GivingTuesday always occurs after Black Friday and Cyber Monday and this year its on November 27th. 

Everybody has something to give. Whether you come together with your family, your community, your company or your favorite non-profit, it’s an opportunity for you to find a way to give back and then share your ideas.

By joining “A Global Day of Giving,” you’re a part of something big!