As part of the May 5 internet event, #GivingTuesdayNow, Girls Inc. of Carpinteria has launched a  fundraising campaign to help continue to provide lifechanging programming for local girls. The organization is seeking support in three areas: to provide scholarships for program participants; to help cover operating expenses; and to bring enriching, STEM-related experiences to local girls’ homes amid school and afterschool program closures.

As part of its Kits 4 Kids campaign, Girls Inc. is collaborating with the Carpinteria Unified School District to provide girls at home with educational kits that feature hands-on learning activities.  

“We have remained committed to providing the Girls Inc. experience to our girls in new and exciting ways during these challenging times,” said Jamie Collins, Girls Inc. executive director. “Now more than ever, youth need access to engaging experiences that help spark their creativity and ignite their potential. Our staff is working diligently, in partnership with the school district, to ensure as many students as possible can receive these materials.”     

Through Kits 4 Kids, individuals can donate specifically to support the nonprofit’s efforts to bring science, technology, engineering and math into every member’s home. The crates will be dropped off individually by Girls Inc. Carpinteria staff.

In addition to the STEM kits, funds raised from the #GivingTuesdayNow campaign will go toward scholarships and helping with bills and expenses for the nonprofit’s Carpinteria campus.

Due to safety concerns caused by COVID-19, Girls Inc. of Carpinteria cancelled its spring fundraiser which raises critical funds for the organization. Following program and campus closures, the staff have continued to support members remotely through wellness sessions, virtual workouts, daily STEAM content via its YouTube channel, daily read-a-louds on Facebook, virtual academic support, virtual hangouts, and delivery of supplies and books.

“We know when we reopen our doors the need will only increase,” added Collins. “Every dollar raised will go toward providing scholarships to our members, STEM kits for current participants, and to keeping our lights on so when the time comes, we can be ready to open and do what we do best: change lives.”

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria has set a goal of $25,000 for its campaign. To donate or learn more, visit girlsinc-carp.org.

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