The Kids’ HOPE Center has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Pacific Power Foundation to support the 2017 Family Fun Day and Race for the Kids. On April 29, the Kids’ Hope Center hosted the 14th annual Family Fun Day, which attracted an estimated 1,200 people. Recognizing that many families struggle to find affordable entertainment options, The Kids’ HOPE Center has always made Family Fun Day a free event, which is made possible only by grants and donations.

     “We are so appreciative of the support received from the Pacific Power Foundation,” said JoAnne Shorb, Kids’ HOPE Center Program Director. “Our Run for the Kids has gained more and more attention each year, reflected by the 202 individuals who participated in the 5K and 1 mile races this year.  Every participant receives a participation ribbon and a free t-shirt, and it’s support from organizations like Pacific Power that make it possible to give something back to the community each year.” 
     The $2,000 grant covers the cost of the t-shirts given to every participant in this year’s Race for the Kids. The Pacific Power Foundation has supported the Kids’ HOPE Center in the past by helping the center purchase forensic recording equipment and funding the Darkness to Light Project, a program that trains community members to identify the signs of child sexual abuse.

About the Kids’ HOPE Center: The Kids’ HOPE Center program supports families and child abuse victims through the provision of an all-inclusive Center where forensic child interview and medical examinations take place, and guardians and victims are offered support navigating through the challenging legal prosecution system. Intervention and advocacy services are provided to families through referrals and follow-ups with partnering community agencies, initiated by HOPE Center staff.