The Kids Miracle Making Club Inc. is a service learning organization that seeks to teach children the value of community service and philanthropy. It was founded by Stephen Pellow of Penfield and incorporated in 2008 after he retired from Eastman Kodak Co.
The club is for children ages 5 to 12. As they join, they are asked what they want to be when they grow up; adults working in the careers named by the children are then asked to conduct seminars for all club members. The intention is that the kids' interests will help them learn new skills and develop self-confidence that enables them to participate in service projects.
Adults have made presentations for the club on a variety of topics, including music, art, dance, baseball, taekwondo, archeology, pet therapy, culinary arts, health and wellness, video game design, aquarium design, equestrian activities, zoology, balloon art, juggling, magic, aviation and firefighting.
The club aims to create an environment in which children can explore and develop their interests and aspirations, then use their abilities to improve the lives of other children who have physical, social-emotional or cognitive disabilities. Another goal is to foster a community mindset in club members, particularly a mindset of acceptance and understanding of people with physical and developmental challenges.
Projects and events developed by club members focus on raising funds, increasing awareness and creating inclusion opportunities for children served by Golisano Children's Hospital, Mary Cariola Children's Center, CP Rochester and Holy Childhood.
The current year of activities began with an annual kickoff meeting in early October at the Penfield Community Center. The kickoff meeting is a chance for parents and kids to learn more about the club. They also get the opportunity to meet some of the workshop providers and offer suggestions for workshop topics during the coming year. Children may join the Kids Miracle Making Club at any time, however, and not only before the annual meeting.
The club's weekly meetings are on Friday evenings. The majority of meetings are workshops offered by local people to explain their occupations; usually they are at the Mathnasium of Penfield, a business on Penfield Road, but occasionally they are at presenters' workplaces.
Club members' most recent service learning project is a contest-fundraiser called "Help Build the New Golisano Children's Hospital." Contestants will use their design and gaming talents to build their best renditions of the new hospital in the digital game Minecraft. Club members will raise funds by getting online votes for their creations, with a $1 donation per vote. The club also will seek a sponsoring business in architecture or construction to provide a workshop. Rochester Institute of Technology is providing server capacity for the contest.
The club's projects also include seasonal public events such as Halloween parties, breakfast with Santa and Valentine's parties.
The club is an all-volunteer organization with no paid employees. Its mailing address is P.O. Box 388, Penfield, N.Y. 14526, and its website is www.kmmclub.org.
Financial Record Year ended Dec. 31, 2012
Contributions and grants $22,750 100
Total revenue $22,750 100
Office expenses $10,242 38
Programs 2,391 9
Conferences and meetings 2,119 8
Insurance 1,404 5
Other 10,701 40
Total expenses $26,857 100
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses ($4,107)
Board of Directors
Stephen Pellow, president
Amy Pellow, secretary
Patricia Mady, treasurer
-Researched by James Leunk
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