The Council was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in 2003. Comprised of a board of Kiwanis members and other community leaders, KCCHR works to address the unmet needs of children across Hampton Roads. Ronald Gates organized KCCHR and serves as President. Morris Long is Treasurer.
In 2005, The Children's Kiwanis Emergency Center Foundation (CKEC) merged with KCCHR. The CKEC had been responsible for spearing heading several major fundraising projects for Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters--including raising funds for the CHKD Emergency Center named for Kiwanis, and a new transport vehicle. With the support of local clubs, individual Kiwanians, and the greater community, more than $1.3 million were raised for these two initiatives for CKHD. Many area Kiwanis Clubs continue their annual commitments to helping the children served by CHKD.
Through a series of community discussions in 1999 and 2000 around what was really needed for children and families in Hampton Roads, the consensus was that there needed to be a "One-Stop" for families needing services, consisting of an on-line database and Information Line where families could be connected to the services available. In 2003, KCCHR launched KidsPriorityOne, a free Information & Referral Service, specializing in resources for children and families in Hampton Roads. KidsPriorityOne offers the following:
In October 2007, KCCHR formed a partnership with the YMCA of South Hampton Roads, to support the longevity of KidsPriorityOne. KPO became a program of the YMCA of South Hampton Roads, and continues serving both the Southside and Peninsula. KCCHR has made a fundraising commitment to continue supporting KidsPriorityOne. These funds are raised through Kiwanis Clubs contributions, donations from Kiwanis Ambassadors, other club members and community supporters.
To learn more about The Council or KidsPriorityOne, e-mail Brenda Garrett, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 757-244-5373.