If you know anything at all about kids, you know they love birthday parties. We want to celebrate every child.
Because Rosie’s is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization we work directly with children who attend organized programs such as Boys & Girls Clubs, local community centers and children transitioning from being homeless.
As much as we would like, at this time we are unable to honor individual requests. We do however have plans to expand our celebrations: With over 35 percent of children in this community living in poverty, we know there are many more children to celebrate. Our growth is dependent on our number of donors and volunteers.
The kids we serve come from homes that represent our community. The home situations are represented by families working hard to make ends meet, children in foster care, homes with incarcerated parents, homes with a dysfunctional environment, and children who are homeless. Poverty does not have a face. The kids we celebrate look like any other children in our community, and want to be recognized the same as well.
Because our children are not always acknowledged in a positive manner at home, we hope that the special attention we are able to provide, will help them to feel more confident.
Rosie’s kids are all our kids.
Our birthday parties are amazing, and sometimes it’s hard to tell who has more fun – the kids or our volunteers. Check out some of our party pictures.
At each party, the children who have birthdays during that month are recognized. We bring them in together – all ages – and have them decorate their very own birthday hats. They get to use paint markers to design a hat that they wear at the party, and then take home with them.
The room is full of party balloons and colorful tablecloths. We always bring birthday candy, and play lots of games. The games vary depending on the location, but the games are always something active for the kids. Face painting has become very popular at our parties, along with piñatas and “Minute to Win It” games. After the games we always sing “Happy Birthday” to the entire group, and then they open presents and have their cake.
Our goal is to have parties hosted by groups from the community. We love our youth groups who continue to support us, but we always need more help. You will notice that we need adult volunteers at some locations.