Meet Hope

When I was a kid, what I liked most about CityKidz was that they always made me feel like I was family.

“City Kidz changed my life by showing me that I belong to something and that gave me the confidence I needed to succeed. Without City Kidz I would be nowhere. So now I want to give something back – that’s why I became a volunteer.”

I was 4 years old when I began going to CityKidz. I was welcomed by all the volunteers as I walked off the big red bus and went through the doors of the Playhouse. As a Kinder Kid, I played games, danced to songs, and made new friends. When the Saturday ended, I was already thinking of the next inspiring Saturday.

When things were hard at home or at school, they were there to listen to what I had to say. I liked when they came to visit me on home visits to tell me what we were going to be doing the next Saturday. At CityKidz, I have learned that with God I can dream big, and that no matter who I am, God loves me and all my friends. I dream of being a writer someday and the first thing I want to write about is CityKidz. I hope that, with God, I can make my dream and goals come true! I am now 18 years old and I am a regular volunteer at CityKidz.

Being a volunteer means a lot to me because there is nothing more special than a kid’s smile. CityKidz changed me by showing me that I belong to something and they gave me confidence I needed to succeed. Without CityKidz I would be nowhere. So now I want to give something to other kids and that’s the gift of faith.  I hope I can make a positive difference in their life, and hope for their dreams to come true.

Without City Kidz, there would be a lot of kids that wouldn’t feel the sense of belonging or the sense of someone caring for them. I’m thankful for the doors that CityKidz open in the lives of kids.

THANK YOU, CITY KIDZ, FOR BEING A BIG PART OF MY LIFE AND FAMILY!

Volunteering at CityKidz is a fantastic way to meet like-minded individuals, diversify your skill set, uncover a new passion and invest in the lives of individual children, and your city.