Nowadays children expect to be handed everything. Ms. Jackson of Copley says “my kids have to earn their toys, clothes and even gifts for their friend’s birthdays because if you give them everything they become ungrateful.” But there are needy children that can’t get the basic necessities let alone gifts, a PSP or a laptop. Should children be handed everything they need? According to Accountable Kids, “children become vital components of the family and develop confidence and self worth by working and earning.”
This thought is transforming the North Hill area neighborhood and is a rule of passion for Urban Vision for 20 years. They want to make sure that the kids they continually serve start the school year right with school supplies they earned.
The non-profit organization's annual event is Saturday, August 11th. The goal is to provide underprivileged children and youths with the supplies they need to succeed in school. But Urban Vision approaches this in a very unique way because children must earn their supplies. Kids that participate in the Urban Vision programs earn store credits to spend on their supplies. This makes them accountable and provides a sense of dignity and pride. This positive thinking is helping children get a hand up not a hand out.
Urban Vision is partnering with area churches such as Grace Church, The Chapel, and Christ Community Chapel to collect the needed school supplies. Nathan Kreis, Urban Vision’s Volunteer Coordinator, said that he’s always open to “discussing new partnerships with individuals or groups because the kids have earned it” and last year, 200 participants purchased school supplies with Urban Vision Credits they earned through attendance, good behavior, grades, and service.
If you would like to be a volunteer or donate, contact Nathan Kreis by email at Nathan@urbanvisionministry.org or by phone at (330) 762-1163. Volunteer spots are limited. You can also learn more by visiting Urban Vision online at www.urbanvisionministry.org. Supplies can be dropped off prior to August 3rd at Urban Vision at 749 Blaine Avenue in North Akron.
This positive way to help kids learn accountability is improving the North Hill neighborhood. Children must also earn Urban Vision Credits to purchase gifts at the annual Christmas with Dignity Store.
Urban Vision Ministry is a 501 C-3 non-profit organization located in North Akron. UV serves North Hill families and children providing year around programs for pre-k through high school including a leadership program, teen outreach, after-school, kids clubs and bible studies.