Category: ‘Foster Kinship News’

RSVP Now for Spring Celebration April 12, 2014

March 12, 2014 Posted by Ali

Kinship Family Easter Egg Hunt Las Vegas
Date: Saturday, April 12th
Time: 11-2 PM
Location: Children’s Memorial Park Picnic Shelter B (6601 W Gowan Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89108)
Activities: Egg Hunt Bingo, Pictures with the Easter Bunny, BBQ, Kids games/activities and kinship resources for adults.
Cost: Free to kinship families. This event is only open to people raising a relative’s child and their whole family.
RSVP to 546-9988 or Ali@fosterkinship.org with name, phone number, email, number of adults and number of children.

More info: http://www.meetup.com/Kinship-Caregivers-Support-Group/events/168228822/

2nd Annual Fall Kinship Family Event

November 11, 2013 Posted by Ali

Food, Fun and Family!

All kinship families in Las Vegas are invited to Foster Kinship’s second annual Fall Family Event, sponsored by the Las Vegas Center for Spiritual Living. Guests who RSVP will also receive a box of non-perishable food perfect for a holiday meal and a small grocery voucher. 2013 Kinship Thanksgiving Invite

When: Saturday, November 23

Time: 2-5 PM

Where: The Las Vegas Center for Spiritual Living 4325 North Rancho Drive, Suites 110-120, Las Vegas, NV.

RSVP by November 20th: (702) 546-9988

 

Back to School Event for Kids in Kinship and Foster Care

August 22, 2013 Posted by Ali

Yesterday’s Back to School, Back to Basics event served over 300 children in foster and relative care with backpacks and food to get the school year started right!

This event was made possible by a partnership between Department of Family Services’ Peggy’s Attic, Foster Kinship,  Fostering Southern Nevada and Three Square, as well as generous donations from individuals and organizations in our Las Vegas community.

Click the link to watch the complete Channel 8 live news coverage from yesterday’s Back to School, Back to Basics event:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vq87MHNf-k8

Review Journal Coverage of the Peggy’s Attic and Foster Kinship Back to Basics Event:

http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/peggys-attic-shares-backpack-bounty-foster-kids

Las Vegas Back to School Drive for Kinship Families

July 22, 2013 Posted by Ali

FK_BacktoSchoolDriveFoster Kinship is collecting much needed school supplies to distribute to Las Vegas kinship families and give the kids a great start to the school year!

We are accepting donations of school supplies and backpacks (new and gently used) at our office location from 1-5 PM on the following dates: August 1, August 8, August 10 and August 22.

Drop items off at 5030 S Paradise Road, Suite A118, Las Vegas, NV 89119 during those times and you will receive a tax-deductible receipt for your generous donation!

Thank you! Together, we can help keep home in the family and make the family a great place to be!

Download and share the Back to School Drive Flyer! FK_BacktoSchoolDrive

Hiring: Community Engagement Intern

July 1, 2013 Posted by Ali

We are looking for a community engagement intern to assist with outreach in the Las Vegas area.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT INTERN
Foster Kinship, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides support and resources for individuals raising their relative’s children, is seeking a Community Engagement Volunteer Intern to work with our executive director for a minimum of 12 weeks, possibly longer.

GENERAL INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTION

 Foster Kinship is looking for an enthusiastic student who is eager to learn more about various aspects of community engagement, including developing community partnerships and initiatives to strengthen in impact of services and programs, identify client needs, and form a community stakeholder steering committee to direct future engagement activities.  This internship will be designed to help the intern learn about many facets of community engagement through hands-on project based experience.

BASIC INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTION/DUTIES

Responsibilities may include:

  • Schedule, implement, and periodically suggest new community-based programs, partnerships, and other engagement initiatives;
  • Identify, initiate, and deepen relationships with various community stakeholders;
  • Form a steering committee of community stakeholders and facilitate regular meetings;
  • Implement meetings, surveys, and other ways for communicating with, and receiving feedback from, the community about Foster Kinship and it’s programs as related to client need;
  • Attend community meetings on behalf of Foster Kinship to hear community concerns, provide information about community engagement, and advocate for participation;
  • Attend non-Foster Kinship programs and events relevant to better understand community interests and activities;
  • Maintain various databases of groups of stakeholders;
  • Create mechanisms for internal and external evaluation of engagement initiatives;
  • Distribute information to the community and broader publics through multiple channels;
  • Distribute information to Foster Kinship staff and volunteers regarding engagement activities;
  • Successfully integrate engagement work into all aspects of Foster Kinship  and enlist the support of executive director to do so;
  • Compile collected information for Executive Director to regularly present to Foster Kinship Board of Directors.

INTERNSHIP DETAILS

Location & Hours: This unpaid internship will be based in our main office location: 5030 South Paradise Road, Suite A118, Las Vegas, NV 89119. Cross streets: Paradise and Tropicana. Specific days and number of hours are flexible and can be negotiated based on course load.

Start & End Dates: This internship is available now for any interested students. A minimum commitment of 12 weeks is preferred.

STUDENT BENEFITS

This internship will allow the student to bring their classroom knowledge into the real world and deeply broaden their knowledge and portfolio through hands-on application in a nonprofit environment. Foster Kinship also offers the intern:

  • The opportunity to work one-on-one with colleagues who have broad and deep experience in nonprofit management, community engagement, facilitation, and communication
  • Hands-on experience to build portfolio and professional contacts
  • Participation (when not working on other projects) in workshops, programs, or events. The number of opportunities will depend on the length of the volunteer assignment.
  • School credit, depending on the requirements of the volunteer’s school

JOB QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Minimally, should be a second year college student or equivalent, prefer an individual that is pursuing or just completed a degree in Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Counseling or related field.

Job Experience: Previous office experience preferred.

Special Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills;
  • Outstanding organizational and follow-through skills. Strict attention to detail is a must; ability to multi-talk is essential;
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills;
  • Experience in Microsoft Office: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access;
  • Experience and success working in partnership with local residents and community organizations;
  • Familiarity with the Las Vegas area and culture;
  • Effective communication, both in person and in writing (fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred);
  • Proven ability to listen and ask questions with empathy and inquiry;
  • Experience organizing and facilitating groups of people and collecting and reporting feedback a plus.

HOW TO APPLY

This unpaid volunteer internship is for currently enrolled or recently graduated students. Please do not apply if you are looking for a full-time position.

Applicants should submit a resume, letter of interest, completed Foster Kinship intern application and writing sample to Alison Caliendo by email to Ali@fosterkinship.org. Applicants may be required to pass a background check.

Foster Kinship is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

 

Foster Kinship July Events

July 1, 2013 Posted by Ali

View the calendar here.

UPCOMING HOURS AND EVENTS

Tuesday July 2: 2PM-5PM Telephone Helpline

(702) KIN-9988

July 3-6 OFFICE CLOSED- HAPPY 4th of JULY!

Tuesday July 9: 2 PM-5 PM Telephone Helpline

(702) KIN-9988

Wednesday July 10: 12PM- 1PM Office Hours

Foster Kinship Office (No Appointment Needed)

Thursday July 11: 2PM- 5PM Office Hours

Foster Kinship Office (No Appointment Needed)

Saturday July 13: 3:30PM-5PM SUPPORT GROUP Foster Kinship Office- Conference Room.

Tuesday July 16: 2PM-5PM Telephone Helpline

(702) KIN-9988

Saturday July 20: 10AM- 4PM Holistic Health Fair supporting Foster Kinship.

4325 N. Rancho Drive, Suite 110, Las Vegas, NV 89130

Tuesday July 23: 2PM-5PM Telephone Helpline

(702) KIN-9988

Thursday July 25: 2PM- 5PM Office Hours

Foster Kinship Office (No Appointment Needed)

Tuesday July 30: 2PM-5PM Telephone Helpline

(702) KIN-9988

Big Give Giveaway Winners!

May 10, 2013 Posted by Ali

Just a handful of our amazing donors! Thank you to everyone.

Just a handful of our amazing donors! Thank you to everyone.

Thanks again to all 205 people who have donated online to Foster Kinship using the Big Give portal! We were overwhelmed with the generosity of all of you and so incredibly thankful for your support.

The following individuals were randomly selected for our prizes:

Mariya G.: $25 Build a Bear Gift Card

Adam R: $10 Starbucks Gift Card

Gerry C.: $50 Zappos Gift Card

Leslie S: $50 Toys R Us Gift Card

Alissa B.: Autographed Frank Caliendo DVDs

James P.: Reach Soundtrack autographed by Martin O’Donnell

Tyler J: Any Martin O’Donnell Soundtrack of choice autographed by Martin O’Donnell and Mike Salvatori

Thank you to Eli W. for being our last donor of the 24 hour giving drive! She won a $10 Starbucks Gift Card.

Thank you also to the individuals who gave via the Frank Caliendo Giveaway. They all received an autographed Frank Caliendo picture donated from Dedicated Managers, Inc.

Dan A.

Jay M.

Chris B.

Philip G.

Nathan P.

Jamie W.

Michael M.

Daryl G.

Shane W.

A Big Thank You for Giving Big!

April 29, 2013 Posted by Ali

Thank you to all of you who donated to Foster Kinship during the 2013 Big Give Campaign. With the loyal support of people like you, we were able to raise around $6,000 and come in third place in the NV Big Give with the number of unique donors, winning an additional $2,500 grant!
Third Place Big Give 2013
100% of your financial contribution will go directly to supporting kinship caregivers through our programs.

Foster Kinship provides regular support groups, family events, education, advocacy and needed items such as clothing, cribs, beds, food, diapers and car seats to individuals raising relative’s children in Clark County, NV.

As an additional thank you, each donor was entered to win one of several prizes. The winners of our giveaways will be contacted by May 1st and posted to our website here by May 5th. Good luck to everyone!

Keep in touch! Check out our work on our website or stay connected with us via Facebook or Twitter.

From all of us at Foster Kinship, thank you again for helping us help those who “keep home in the family” for some of Clark County’s most vulnerable children.

Alison Caliendo, Founder and Executive Director

Julie Wilson, Vice President, Board of Directors

Alicia Hart, Treasurer, Board of Directors

Terry Caliendo, Secretary, Board of Directors

Stacy Peterson, Board Member

Martha O’Donnell, Board Member

Tina Boag, Advisory Board Member

Give Big on April 25th!

April 18, 2013 Posted by Ali

April 25th is an exciting day for Foster Kinship. It is the “Big Give”, a day when people all over come together online to support Nevada nonprofits. Foster Kinship is participating in this event and I want to ask you for a commitment to donate $10 or more online to Foster Kinship on April 25th. By doing so you will be part of our effort to turn your $10 to $7,500! Read on to find out how.

Foster Kinship Client RecomendationsPlease mark your calendar today to donate $10 or more online to Foster Kinship on April 25th. You can even log on today and schedule your donation for the 25th!  Just look for Foster Kinship on the Nevada’s Big Give website and click on the drop-down menu in the “Donate” Box. Select “On a Giving Day”, and your donation will be processed on April 25th!

I founded Foster Kinship in 2011 because I saw first hand how many grandparents, great-grandparents, and others were raising their relative’s children. I saw the incredible strength and love these individuals had for the children, but I also saw the great need these caregivers have for support: emotional, financial, legal and for advocacy and information.  I feel strongly that supporting the family of the children supports the children. Kids being raised by grandparents or other relatives are getting a second chance at long-term success. Research shows keeping children with family members when their parents are no longer able or willing to care for them is the best option.

However, kinship caregivers in Clark County had almost no organized resources available to them. That is where Foster Kinship stepped in, and the phone hasn’t stopped ringing since!

We have designed a set of research-based programs to maximize community synergy and fill the gaps when necessary to help caregivers be the best they can be for the children in their homes. You can read about our services here.

Since we opened our doors we have assisted over 100 kinship families with support groups, resource referrals, cribs, beds and car seats, food vouchers, advocacy information, and fun family events. There are over 19,000 kinship families in Clark County, and we hope to reach many more of them this year.

So here are a few reasons to commit to supporting Foster Kinship on April 25th:

1. The nonprofits that get the most unique donors will get additional cash for their work, and I want that to be us! This year’s cash prizes will be awarded to those nonprofits with the greatest number of unique donors. It doesn’t have to be a lot of money- but if we can get a lot of people to donate $10 or more we may have a chance to get up to $7500 in additional funding, not to mention some incredible press coverage!!

2. In addition to the cash prizes, NV Big Give will be providing Golden Tickets throughout the day for a randomly selected donor to increase the donation to their charity! Your donation could go even farther to help us with that boost!

3. Foster Kinship wants to thank you for your support as well. For every $10 you donate you will be entered to win one of our great thank you gifts. So if you donate $50, that is five chances to win!  Thank you gifts include: $50 Zappos Gift Card, $25 Build a Bear Gift Card, $25 Toys R Us Gift Card, $10 Starbucks Card (2), A copy of Halo Reach Soundtrack autographed by Marty O’Donnell, an autographed copy of “All Over the Place” by Frank Caliendo.  The drawing will be held Wednesday, May 1st and winners notified by email.

4. Your donation is tax-deductible. We are committed to financial transparency. You can see our financial statements and other documents online by searching Guidestar for Foster Kinship.

5. Most importantly, your donation goes directly to our mission: Helping Foster Kinship “Help Keep Home in the Family” for some of our most vulnerable children. Because Foster Kinship does not have any paid staff, 100% of your donation goes towards funding the programs for the families we serve.

Please mark your calendar today to donate $10 or more online to Foster Kinship on April 25th. You can even log on today and schedule your donation for the 25th!  Just look for Foster Kinship on the Nevada’s Big Give website and click on the drop-down menu in the “Donate” Box. Select “On a Giving Day”, and your donation will be processed on April 25th!

How to Support Foster Kinship:

  1. Donate $10 or more on April 25th or by scheduling your donation for “On Giving Day” by going to the following page: http://nvbiggive.razoo.com/story/Fosterkinship
  2. Please share this information with people you believe would connect with our mission.
  3. Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FosterKinship
  4. Watch and share coverage of our work here: or http://www.fosterkinship.org/aboutkinship/in-the-news/
  5. If you are local, contact Ali@fosterkinship.org to volunteer to help out at an event, plan a local fundraiser or to donate some gently used clothing or children’s necessities.

Alison Caliendo Las Vegas Review JournalThank you for your support. It means so much to me and together we can do so much more to strengthen families.

Alison Caliendo, M.A.
Executive Director, Foster Kinship
P: (702) KIN-9988 | E: ali@fosterkinship.org
www.fosterkinship.org | www.facebook.com/fosterkinship | www.twitter.com/fosterkinship

Foster Kinship’s Easter Picnic a Success!

April 1, 2013 Posted by Ali

April 1, 2013 – LAS VEGAS, NV: Local 501c3 nonprofit Foster Kinship held an Easter egg hunt and picnic for kinship families Saturday March 30th at Children’s Memorial Park. Over 260 individual who are raising their relative’s children were signed up to attend, and over 40 people volunteered to assist.

Kinship caregivers and their entire families enjoyed free BBQ, Shave Ice from Real Kine Shave Ice, an Easter egg hunt with over 900 eggs, egg decorating, pictures with the Easter bunny, face painting, games and prizes. 150 children received Easter Baskets at the conclusion of the event. Foster Kinship also announced the expansion of services to caregivers at the event.

The event was made possible by the community outreach volunteers from the Las Vegas Center for Spiritual Living and generous donations from CareMore, American West Development, Ebunny, and Real Kine Shave Ice.

Foster Kinship was founded in December 2011 to help relatives who have taken on the difficult job of creating safe, loving homes for vulnerable children when the parents are no longer able or willing to do so. It is the only organization in NV dedicated to providing support and resources to the over 19,000 kinship caregivers raising 35,000 children in Clark County.

Event Photos:

Reg_Julie VolunteerRally EasterBaskets BBQ EggHunt Eggs EasterBunny EasterBasketsGiving RealKine_2 EggDecorating

 

 
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