Planting the Seeds of Charity
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Our Spring application cycle saw more than 200 applications submitted from many wonderful organization doing inspiring work in their communities. States from California to Louisiana to New Hampshire were represented, and our Foundation Ambassadors and MAXIMUS staff members have been busy delivering grant awards to recipients both old and new in their communities across the country.
Touching Heart, true grassroots organization located in Northern Virginia, stood out because of the uniqueness of their model which focuses on peer-to-peer charitable programming among children and adolescents. Touching Heart will use the funds awarded to them by the MAXIMUS Foundation to support and expand its Kids on a Mission (KOAM) program. Through KOAM, kids and teens are exposed to and learn the importance of charity at a young age. Centered around encouraging personal growth through the molding of a child’s character, Touching Heart coaches participating in the program educate youth on serious social issues and then walk them through the process of organizing a fundraiser of their choice. Participants then learn how to write a budget, find cost-saving measures, generate donations from area businesses, and organize a team of volunteers and plan the event from start to finish . Meanwhile, young leaders are given a positive experience of giving to others that will encourage them to continue their charitable commitment and become compassionate leaders of our city, state, nation and world.
Hear directly from one these young leaders about her experience with the Kids on a Mission program here.