Volleyball Nets Giveaway

Sure you may love a game of pickup volleyball. But did you know that playing volleyball actually changes your brain, improving important synapses which are so important in your everyday life? Volleyball engenders communication, learning to make quick decisions, and learning to trust your teammates, all crucial parts of a child’s development and ultimate success (https://www.quora.com/What-does-playing-volleyball-teach-you).  As Amanda Maya, former volleyball player puts it: “Volleyball taught me that the amount of experience you have is meaningless if you don’t put forth your best effort at all times.” (https://www.theodysseyonline.com/what-volleyball-taught-life)

Good volleyball nets can get expensive, but the good news is that Kars4Kids is now offering them free to youth camps, to give more children the opportunity to get all the benefits this sport offers. These nets are professional grade nets, selling for $220 on Amazon.  This distribution will allow children, who would otherwise never have experienced the joys of volleyball, never had a chance to become the next Matt Anderson or Sheilla Castro, to have that chance and to strive for that goal. Never again will they say I can’t, for Kars4kids gives them the strength and hope for a better future.

But even if you don’t think your child will be the next Kerri Walsh Jennings, she can still have a blast playing volleyball!  So come one come all, get your volleyball, at http://www.kars4kidsgives.org/form-volleyball.php. These will go fast, so make sure to get in quick.

 

 

 

The Olympics at Kars4Kids

Rio is alive with the sounds of cheering, the crowds yelling. It’s also alive with the crushing disappointment of the thousands who aren’t winners. Because at the Olympics, it doesn’t matter how fast or how agile you are. Only one thing matters: if you’re a winner.

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Well, let me take you on a journey up the New York State Thruway, and through the back-roads and rolling hills of the Catskill mountains, to a very different location. With one campus in the town of Gilboa and another a short drive away in Stamford, the Kars4Kids-sponsored summer camp, TheZone, provides girls and boys with a chance to shine.

With activities ranging from swimming and fishing to basketball and horseback riding, sports at TheZone is a large and important part of the day’s schedule. While there is an element of competition and winners matter, at the Kars4Kids summer camp, the most important part of the game is the effort put in.

In The Zone, we especially focus on bringing all the children together, so that even a child who may not have his or her talents appreciated during the school year finds themselves valued during camp. The words of our campers speak volumes: “In TheZone, no one’s left out, we’re one whole team, everyone really wants everyone to succeed and do well.” This spirit of unity and helpfulness is life-changing for the children, giving them the skills and courage to navigate their future lives as adults.

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But it’s the one-on-one mentorships cultivated at TheZone that really set the camp apart. Every staff member in camp doubles as a mentor for a handpicked camper. Every day’s schedule includes dedicated “mentor time” to give these relationships a chance to cement over the month together. Whether bonding over a book, a game or just a chat, mentor-mentee pairs dot the campus, savoring their time together.

With world-class scenery, landscape, amenities, and programs, TheZone ensures that the kids return for the school year reinvigorated, and ready to conquer the world (or their challenges). To quote one of our campers: “When I go home, I’m gonna thank my parents big, real big, because they sent me to the best camp ever – TheZone.”

“This camp is just beautiful. And you’ll enjoy it here – trust me”

A Mother’s Day Dream Come True

This past Sunday was Mother’s Day and Kars4Kids raffled off  2 Yankee tickets before the special weekend. All those that commented on this Facebook post were entered into the raffle.

 

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The lucky winner was Thomas Finnigan! His comment about his mother Rosa demonstrates the essence of what a mother truly is:

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Rosa’s reaction to winning Yankee tickets was priceless.  She couldn’t believe it at first…

 

It’s for real…

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VIP seats for a Very Important Person in Thomas’ life….

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A perfect dreamy way to spend Mother’s Day (except for the 5-1 loss to the Redsox).

Either way, Thomas and his mother Rosa are #winners where it really counts🙂

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for future raffles….

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kars for Kids Garage (Vintage)…

With cars coming in from all over the country, we post the most unique cars in our lot.
enjoy perusing through some vintage collectibles and some wacky finds. From 1940’s Fire Trucks to Dunkin Donuts mobile.. Enjoy

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With cars coming in from all over the country, we post the most unique cars in our lot. enjoy perusing through some vintage collectibles and some wacky finds. From 1940’s Fire Trucks to Dunkin Donuts mobile.. Enjoy

The Next President For Your Kid?

Democrat, Republican, short or tall. Just pick one you can’t pick all. Sanders or Cruz, who would you choose. Hillary’s email or Trumps short fuse. Rubio rules a state, but would you pick him for america’s fate?

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Democrat, Republican, short or tall. Just pick one you can’t pick all. Sanders or Cruz, who would you choose. Hillary’s email or Trumps short fuse. Rubio rules a state, but would you pick him for america’s fate?

Who will benefit our children as President??
                                                                Kars4Kids Presidential Poll…

New Year’s 2016: Looking Forward, Looking Back

by Rina Gestetner

Since fewer than 1 in 10 of us are expected to achieve our New Year’s resolution, I propose that we start a new trend instead: New Year’s introspection. Remembering why we’re doing what we’re doing, in the hope for rejuvenation and a fresh new year. A promise of thoughts and only that.

Looking back at the past year as an employee at a nonprofit can go in two directions: we can look at the work we’ve done as tasks that were crossed off our list, or we can look at that same work as accomplishments that are changing lives. Every day brought with it frustration, every week yielded impossible deadlines, and every month had late nights at work. But a year passed means thousands of kids attending school, spending their summers in a positive atmosphere, receiving guidance from their mentors, and shaping into our future success stories.

This year, I’m spending New Year’s putting this all in perspective so that next week, when I want to just go home and crawl under my covers, maybe it’ll cross my mind that Kars4Kids is headed somewhere- and we’re headed there fast. new years

Kars4Kids Real Estate Team Heads to Atlantic City

Thousands of realtors converged on the Atlantic City Convention Center  this week for Triple Play, the premier annual realtors trade expo. Among the hundreds of booths exhibiting at the convention was one whose magenta colors, karaoke stand and innovative display made it stand out from the others: our very own Kars4Kids booth!

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A quick introduction to our real estate donation program for the unfamiliar: We accept properties of all kinds, from commercial to residential, vacant lots to high end homes, offering donors a tax deduction for the full appraised value of the property, a hassle-free process including covering all closing costs, and of course, the chance to benefit a charity.

Real estate agents and brokers can benefit from the program as another option to offer homeowners whose properties are not selling easily and who may be in a position where donating is as beneficial as selling. Realtors even receive commission for the properties their clients donate!

Realtors at the expo were very interested in hearing about our new program, but perhaps even more popular were the nifty little Tylenol promos we distributed. “The Cure to Your Headache Listings”– get it?😉 We were told they would come in handy after the evening parties…

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Brochures and pain relief packets offered to realtors at the Triple Play expo.

The nice folks at the booth next to ours had another reason for stocking up on the Tylenol: we also had a karaoke stand set up, with the Kars4Kids jingle, tweaked just a tad for real estate (donate your land today!), playing on a seemingly infinite loop. Those realtors who were brave enough to sing along were emailed a recording of themselves on the spot!

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an enthusiastic real estate agent/jingle hater records a version to be used as ammo in spousal arguments😉

Our very own Eli Fried, real estate professional extraordinaire, even delivered a presentation on real estate donation.

All in all, it was a fun experience for everyone on the real estate team and we’re looking forward to doing this again next year!