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Get In Gear - Kids Can Capital Campaign

Kids Can Community Center is excited to announce our Get In Gear capital campaign.

The future is right around the corner!  We love our neighborhood, but our current space limited our growth. We were fortunate to find the right spot just a block away at 48th and Q Streets. Previously owned by Omaha Public Schools and the former site of Ashland Park Elementary, Kids Can purchased the land in 2019 to make way for a new facility.

 

 

Double the fun

Our goal is to double the capacity of our current building. The new center will foster an environment truly suited to the needs of the families we serve, including an innovative STEM room, greater classroom and community capacity, and infant childcare for the first time in our history!  

This Get in Gear Capital Campaign is the community’s collective investment in the future of our students and the deeply needed services to their families: accessible, affordable and quality Early Education and Out-of-School programming.

 

Characteristics of the new site

  • Allows for continuity of services at current facility during construction
  • Larger site allows for future building addition opportunities
  • Higher viability at the corner of 48th and Q Streets allows for better exposure and recognition within the community
  • Site Acreage: 3.7 acres
  • Current Zoning: R-4 (special permit approved for new center)

Characteristics of the new layout: 

  • Early Childhood and Out Of School areas are placed in separate wings with flexible community spaces in-between
  • Approximately 27,000 gross square feet with site area is set aside for future additions for both wings
  • Gymnasium is built into hillside to reduce scale of the large volume of space and also provides an opportunity for signage along Q Street
  • Potential recreational greenspace for youth sports
  • Building footprint holds the corner of 48th and Q Streets to respect the scale of the neighborhood 

 

 

IT'S TIME TO GET IN GEAR

As we Get in Gear to construct a new Kids Can Community Center, we thank you for consideration of support to raise $11.1M for the campaign.  Your donation will be prominently placed on a recognition wall consisting of gears working together.  It will be a fun and interactive art installation for our kids with your name on a gear.  Join us in showing our students how working together creates a fun and bright future for each child, our community center and all of Omaha. 

Are you ready to get in gear?  Contact Cliff McEvoy at cmcevoy@kidscan.org or call 402-731-6988 to make your pledge today.  Download the Get In Gear booklet and donation form or make your donation online right here or click on any of the levels below.

 

Grateful Gears

Donor wall concept courtesy of Kentucky Science Center.

Special thanks to our foundation sponsors for leading the way to the future:

  • The Lozier Foundation
  • William & Ruth Scott Family Foundation
  • Sherwood Foundation
  • Weitz Family Foundation
  • Mutual of Omaha Foundation
  • Peter Kiewit Foundation
  • Mammel Foundation
  • Suzanne & Walter Scott Foundation
  • Hawks Foundation
  • Union Pacific Foundation
  • FNBO
  • Shikhar & Kristin Saxena Family Foundation

Thank you to our individual donors:

  • Avi Atholi
  • Annie & Ken Bird
  • Cristina Castro-Matucewicz
  • Omar Correa
  • Linda & Tim Daugherty
  • Krista Eckhoff
  • Michelle Eppler
  • Valarie Finney (in honor of Cliff McEvoy)
  • Jane Franklin
  • Garry Gernandt
  • Sarah & Dan Gilbert
  • Jessica Hollister
  • Brad Hove
  • Kristine Hull
  • Laura & Ajoy Jana
  • Angie Kelso
  • Rebecca Kleine
  • Preston Love Jr.
  • Colette McCann
  • Renee & Jordan Mellican
  • Scott Moulton
  • Lindsay Neemann
  • Carole & Gregg Nelson (in honor of their daughters Krista & Michele)
  • Gina Ponce
  • Diana Prauner
  • Marcos Rodriguez
  • Carol & Rick Russell
  • Tettenborn Family
  • Wendy Townley (in honor of her mother)
  • Sharri & Barb True
  • Kelsey Wallerstedt & Josh Gillman
  • Julia Westerfield
  • Kim & Bob Whitehouse
  • Carol Williams
  • Brittany Wozny

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