OMPT Specialists Foundation
OMPT Specialists Foundation began from a deep desire to help kids who live in fragile environments to be able to rise above their current circumstances. OMPT Foundation believes that every kid deserves a success story and that we can bring our community and resources together to help make this a reality.
Every Kid Deserves a Success Story
Many kids from kindergarten to 12th grade in our surrounding communities need our help. The lack of basic needs can greatly impact a student’s success. A child is more successful in school when they are fed, have the necessary supplies, and needed personal items. According to the 2019 Databook, published by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, there are 419,000 children living in poverty in the state of Michigan. There is a need and we want to help. Many students go to school each morning hungry and worry that they might not have anything to eat after school. 18 percent of children under age 18 are living in Michigan households that have experienced limited or uncertain availability of safe, nutritious food at some point during the year. (Source: Feeding America) Some of these students return home to houses without electricity to prepare food or to complete homework. There is a need and we want to make a difference.
We Need Your Help
We are currently working with one school district at the high school, middle school, and lower elementary school levels. These schools have, on average, 60% of their students qualifying for free or reduced lunches. The greatest impact we can have right now is by providing students with basic needs, such as socks, pants, winter apparel, and personal care items. We have created a program called Bringing the Basics to School to help provide needed items to these students.
Bringing the Basics to School is a donation-based program that anyone can participate in. Each of the schools have wish lists. Our goal is to help provide basic needs for these students. With your help, we hope to expand this program to additional schools in 2020.
Please click HERE to donate the items on our request list. If you are unable to donate items for Bringing the Basics to School, please consider a monetary donation.