In January 1993, a group of seven individuals sat at a table in the Dawsonville Pool Room to discuss forming an organization to pick up the efforts of the local Jaycee chapter’s Empty Stocking Fund. These concerned citizens agreed first on the mission of the organization and secondly on the name of the organization. The mission- to help children in Dawson County- has never changed but grown stronger each year. In 2003, the group was asked by another organization in California to cease using the name StarBright Foundation, Inc. Their charity held the national trademark for that name and both groups had similar missions. What should the new name be? The Board took the question to the Elementary schools and asked the children. From their suggestions, the name KARE for Kids, Inc. (Kids Are Really Equal) was decided upon and the mission continued.
The organization began with only the assets of the Jaycee’s- tables, signs, etc. used to produce the annual Moonshine Festival. As the years past, the festival grew to become one of the most well known activities in the North Georgia area. This generated funds that continued the effort of providing support for underprivileged children in our community. The entire county joins in the effort, churches, school groups, businesses, and individuals jump in to contribute by sponsoring children at Christmas, making donations, and hosting fundraisers on their own. The spirit of giving spreads quickly throughout the Dawson County community and the mission of KARE for Kids, Inc. grew as the needs were presented. The volunteers have done an excellent job of organizing the effort, making changes to policies to make sure that the best interests of the children of Dawson County are upheld and built upon. KARE for Kids, Inc. members, board members, and volunteers are consistently striving to maintain an organization open to positive change and growth, along with cooperation of the community and various organizations. It takes everyone working together to be most efficient and beneficial to the children. KARE is proud to be partners of Ric Rack, The Family Connection, Prevent Child Abuse, and the Dawson County Family & Children’s Services. Our overall mission is vastly embraced in Dawson County and stands behind the vow to make our community a brighter place, one child at a time!
Who We Are
KARE for Kids, Inc is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides for children in Dawson County. There are no paid positions within the organization and it depends solely on the generosity of Dawson County and the tireless work of its volunteers. All that is asked of the volunteers is to have a big heart and a true compassion for children. They are all stretched very thin, so KARE members welcome all available volunteers with open arms.
What We Do
Simply Stated, KARE takes care of our
children by addressing their needs. KARE uses the funds they raise to
provide necessities to the children of Dawson County. Among some of the
items KARE has purchased over the years are: winter coat, shoes, clothing,
medicine, eye glasses, list of items required for boot camp, educational
resources, summer school fees, toys, etc. With the exception of Christmas,
these needs must come to KARE in the form of a referral from the school or