Direct Assistance Program

The "Direct Assistance Program" meets essential needs of children from financially burdened homes.


At the very heart of our program is the belief that no child should have to go without because of his or her family's socio-economic status. We believe that a person's sense of self and self-esteem are almost exclusively formed during the childhood years. Because of this, we don't want any child to feel excluded or different from his or her peers. Kid Kare Project was established in order to meet essential needs of children belonging to financially burdened families meeting the Indiana poverty guidelines. The way that we meet those needs is by providing school supplies, proper-fitting clothing, hair cuts, hygiene products, school-related and extracurricular activity fees, birthday & Christmas gifts, new tennis shoes, and more.


Kid Kare is funded by United Way and generous individuals and businesses in the community. We strive to anonymously match each child in need to what we call a "school year sponsor". Once a child is matched with a sponsor, the sponsor donates material items and/or funding to the child throughout the school year.


*Please also note that all funds donated for a child are held by Kid Kare Project, Inc. and dispersed appropriately and directly to the school or activity director as needed. We never give funds directly to a family.


Children who do not have a sponsor are taken care of by United Way funding, community donors, and fundraising profits. In addition to funding support, we also accept gently used or new clothing items and toys to fill the shelves of our supply center. The supply center is where children without sponsors can come to "shop" for items they need as they are available.