KIDZ just wanna have  fun 

"Children are a gift from the Lord..."  Psalms 127:3 

Our mission is to help maintain a sense of security for the parent, while providing a source of comfort and support for the pediatric patient. 

About Us 


OUR BEGINNING

KIDZ Just Wanna Have Fun Inc. is a faith based corporation, founded on January 4, 2018. The inspiration for starting this organization came from personal experiences during a journey with an immediate family member, a child who was chronically ill and frequently hospitalized over a number of years. By the grace of God and the help of others that child is now a completely healthy, college educated, successful adult. During that time we were blessed with extended family and many friends who supported us throughout her journey.  Now we want to extend the same blessing by supporting other families as they go through their journeys. 

OUR REASON 

When a child is hospitalized long term, both the parent and child often experience some form of stress. The child is taken out of their normal daily routine, they miss family and friends, they're being touched and talked too by different nurses and doctors daily, and they're often experiencing pain or discomfort.

Parents/guardians are forced to trust the well being of their child to strangers. They watch as their child experiences pain or discomfort, unable to provide them any relief. Now their new primary focus is being an advocate for their child while trying to maintain their parenting role. 

The hospital environment can be a difficult adjustment, but more so for parents who also have outside stress factors; additional children to care for, the inability to take time off work, or the financial maintenance of a household. 

We know first hand the effects of stress when a family has an ill or hospitalized child. The responsibility of maintaining normalcy for a family while caring for a hospitalized child can be overwhelming. For some, it's impossible without help.   

OUR VISION 

Our goal is to work with communities across the country to implement a nationwide, sustainable program that will ensure that parents of hospitalized children are able to care for their child without apprehension of negligence to their family or home.

WHAT WE DO 

Financial Assistance 

Bill Pay Assistance - Bill Pay Assistance was put in place for families with a child hospitalized long term (3 weeks or longer), whose parent/guardian has taken time off work to care for the child. 

This service will assist with the direct payment of qualifying household bills while the child is hospitalized, up to 4 weeks post discharge. 

• Qualifying household bills include:

        -   Rent, utilities, and groceries.

• Qualifying families include:

        -   Parents/guardians who work full time and have been approved for FMLA through their employer, but will not receive pay for their time off work.

        -   Parents/guardians who have taken a short or long term leave from work (to care for hospitalized/ill child)

        -   Parents/guardians who are temporarily unemployed as a result of time taken off due to their child's illness or hospitalization. 

**Applications accepted beginning 07/01/2019. For detailed information on service guidelines, qualifications, and the needs assessment process, please contact us by email.**

Hospital Volunteers

Patient Volunteers - Patient volunteers were put in place for pediatric patients hospitalized long term (3 weeks or longer), whose parent/guardian is unable to stay in with the patient during hospitalization. 

• This service includes:

        -   Assigned volunteers who will visit with the patient up to 3 days per week, 2-4 hours per visit.

        -   Each volunteer will be matched with a patient, with the assistance and approval of a parent/guardian.

        -   Each volunteer will be assigned to one patient for the duration of their hospital stay (up to 9 weeks).

        -   Volunteers will be recruited from MCCC, UMKC and other local colleges. 

**Applications accepted beginning 07/01/2019. For detailed information on service guidelines, qualifications, and the needs assessment process, please contact us by email.**


Education Assistance 

Our education assistance program is still being developed.  Detailed information regarding education assistance will be available soon. Stay tuned!

It's always a great day to VOLUNTEER!

Our work will have a direct impact on kids, families, and healthcare workers throughout the community.

Contact us to learn about various volunteer opportunities.

Also join us by subscribing to our emails and joining us on social media #KJWHF.

You can help us bring relief to countless families of chronically ill and hospitalized children within your community. 

WAYS TO GIVE 

By giving your support today in the form of a tax-deductible contribution and sharing about our cause on social media using #KJWHF you can help us support families of chronically ill children and hospitalized children all throughout your community. 

Recurring Donations 

Leave a lasting impact on an organization that is working for families of pediatric patients everywhere. Setup a recurring monthly donation today. Every donation is a blessing! 

Social Media (special events and birthdays)

Instead of gifts, ask your guests to send a donation to KIDZ Just Wanna Have Fun Inc. in your honor.

MAIL

Mail a check or Money order to: 

KIDZ Just Wanna Have Fun Inc. 

31 West 31st Street

Kansas City, MO 64108

Upcoming Events

2ND ANNUAL KIDZ DAY 

KIDZ Day is a FREE city wide family event, held at Theis Park in Kansas City, MO. 


Bring your family and friends out for an outdoor, old fashioned field day. Enjoy competitive games, food, music, arts and crafts for the kids, moonwalks, bubble ball soccer, slip & slide kickball, face painting, water fun and a visit from the firetruck. 


KIDZ Day is an event for the whole family. We'd love for you to join us! Don't miss out! 


June 1st, 2019 @ 4pm - Theis Park  

   


To DONATE towards this event

CLICK HERE

TABLE TALK KC

Table Talk is a series of events that will be held in both Kansas City Missouri and San Diego California.
This project will be presented by partnering organizations, KIDZ Just Wanna Have Fun and Once Upon Her life.

This project was inspired by Jada Pinkett Smith's new FB series, "Red Table Talk". Much like the popular series, each event will focus on a different topic. The featured table guests will include June Goods (CEO of KIDZ Just Wanna Have Fun) and Brittny Ferguson (CEO of Once Upon Her Life). Different specialists and guest speakers will be invited to each event, based on the chosen topic.

Each Table Talk session will host approximately 100-150 people. The audience will not only enjoy appetizers, cocktails and live music, they will also have a chance to join the conversation. Table Talk is an interactive event, meant to bring the community together to discuss the tough topics and serious issues going on within our community. It's a safe place for all opinions and perspectives. Come with an open mind and you'll possibly leave with a new understanding.

The topic for our first TABLE TALK event will be SUICIDE. This is a very sensitive topic all throughout our country at this time. We'll discuss the STIGMA, JUDGEMENT, SHAME, ACCOUNTABILITY, PREVENTION, and IMPACT of suicide. Guest speaker Michael Watson will join us at the table. 

 Stay tuned for date, time and location. 

*All proceeds from each TABLE TALK KC event will go towards KIDZ Just Wanna Have Fun.*  


To DONATE towards this event

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ANNUAL KIDZ JUST WANNA HAVE FUN EVENTS 

KIDZ DAY 

Free Outdoor Family Event (June) 

KIDZ WALK FOR KIDS

5K Family walk/run (October) 

PROJECT SNUG 

Service Day

 (November) 

HOLIDAY GALA (December)  

Feel Better Tees 

All proceeds from Feel Better Tees go directly to KIDZ Just Wanna Have Fun Inc. 

(click the link below for all available products)

https://teespring.com/stores/fbt

Feel Better Tees were created with pediatric patients and their families in mind.

Our goal is to uplift the spirits of hospital patients, their families, friends, and healthcare staff.



Donations

KIDZ Just Wanna Have Fun, Inc. 2018   The Foundation is tax exempt under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are deductible under Section 17 of said code. 


Click the DONATE link below to make a 
 ONE TIME donation

 



Click the DONATE link below to make a 
 RECURRING donation

 


CONTACT US

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