Smile 4 Kids is a non-profit organization that works to enrich the lives of children experiencing hardship by providing hope, instilling resilience, and developing opportunities to succeed.
Smile 4 Kids originally began as a student club at Michigan State University and was officially established as a 501(c)-3 non-profit organization in March 2019. We currently have three Smile 4 Kids chapters at different schools: Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, and University of Michigan. We are in the process of setting up two more chapters at Western Michigan University and Wayne State University. Our long-term goal is to have at least one chapter in every state.
Smile 4 Kids works to create and maintain supportive relationships with all types of children. Where some organizations work mainly to raise funds, we set ourselves apart with the relationships we build with children. Our purpose for this is to give children facing adversity the sense of stability with our support, the feeling that there are people out there who care about them, and the confidence that they are not alone. We stray away from being an organization that does one event with a group of kids and never visits them again. We are here, we care, and we are not going anywhere.
We mainly work with foster children and chronically-ill pediatric patients, however no child is ever turned away. We take pride in always finding a way to help children from all walks of life.
We hold monthly and weekly events to accomplish this. These events include mentoring, tutoring, field days, holiday parties, birthday celebrations and more. In the past, we have provided foster children with their first school dance and tutoring group. We teamed up with another organization and raised enough funds to open up a new foster home cottage that is home to 15+ more children a year. Some of our other accomplishments include making 500+ cards, 100+ blankets and care-boxes, gifting 200+ toys, donating 1600+ diapers, and raising over $100,000 for chronically-ill children’s medical bills.
In the United States, there are over 443,000 children in foster care, 20 million children who are chronically-ill, and 1.5 million children living in a single-parent household due to the death of a parent.
We support them. Do you?