Thank you GFWC North Pinellas Women's Club for awarding The Kind Mouse with your Community Grant for 2016!
May 22, 2017
Dear Gina - I hope all is well with you. It is a
blessing that I have an opportunity to help a little. When I first was exposed to the Kind Mouse I had been unemployed for almost 1 year and facing lots of financial difficulties. I was very touched by what you do. Now, that I am employed again, I hope to be able to bless others who are in a
similar situation as I was.
Thanks for the opportunity to give back and for
all that you do,
"Thank you Kind Mouse for all of the food and everything else as well. Thank you for helping us get through this mess and struggle that we are in.
- 13yr Old Girl -
Note FROM A 55 YEAR OLD WE SERVED - October 2014
"Eight years ago, if you were to ask me, “Who are you? What do you do?” I would have proudly stated, “I am ‘Ms. Patricia Smith’ banker.”
Ask me this question now I will say, “I’m ‘Pat’ and I am looking for work.”
My significant other and I have four children to feed, clothe and house. Their care is more important than my status.
Fighting for food is degrading and demoralizing to say the least. One must deal with the impersonal nature of our government “help” or the “You’re just a poor sinner” attitudes from certain faith-based resources. One begins to lose hope, lose one’s own faith and then, then a light.
A light that says we don’t care who you love, what work you’ve done, or where you live. It says there is no shame in having, wanting, needing food for your family.
We have it, just come. How grateful I am to drop the weight of the shame of not being able to feed my family.
All because of a light, a light called The Kind Mouse."
As an architectural draftsman, our founder, Gina, saw the decline of the secure, blue collar, middle class family. These are good, hardworking people who lost everything due to a combination of things: the economy, lack of knowledge on where to turn for help, and their fear of being seen as failures.
After seeing the 2011 CBS 60 Minutes Story “Hard Times Generation: Homeless Kids”, she just knew she had to help her neighbors. She could not turn her back on the sad situation. She could not bear to think of the families – some of whom were former coworkers and neighbors – that were now hungry and, in some cases, homeless. The mother in her couldn’t imagine not being able to feed her children or not knowing they had a safe place to call home.
Our mission is to assist families in transition and their chronically hungry children while developing the next generation of volunteers to carry on the mission of The Kind Mouse. No hardworking individual should ever feel despair due to economic hardships beyond their control. Everyone has a right to feel safe and secure in their own homes, and no one should ever go hungry.
We help people who have experienced career loss to restore their dignity and reestablish their lives.
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Nonperishable food is provided each and every weekend to the “hungriest of the hungry” students in the Tampa Bay area. This is a confidential program, where we feed regularly 350 students on average, but up to 400 over the summer.
A 90 Day Program for hardworking individuals and families affected by the economy. Food, Houseware and Pet Supplies Provided. Families come to our pantry to "shop". Most families do not stay in the program for the 90 days for once they realize they can feed their families, they are able to clear their heads and find some sort of employment.
A program designed for hungry students today in conjunction with Pinellas County School Board (PCSB). A counselor will determine their needs and come to our location that same day. We provide 9 meals for each child in the family. There are 2 locations – our pantry and Bayside High School in Clearwater, FL.
These programs are designed to sustain The Kind Mouse in years to come.
Mice In Training is targeted at 5-12 year olds. The children learn about the mission of The Kind Mouse, volunteerism, and the importance of eradicating hunger. The children shadow organization leaders and adult volunteers so they can see The Kind Mouse in action. The children work as volunteers at The Kind Mouse events. They budget, purchase and pack food for the Mouse Nibbles program; run food drives; and participate in fund-raising activities. The children also have an opportunity to develop their public speaking skills by speaking at meetings and events. When a child reaches the age of 13, and with sufficient volunteer experience under their belt, they are eligible to graduate and become a Mice In Training Intern.
Mouse Interns is targeted at 13-18 year olds. These young adults further their knowledge of nonprofit administration by
interacting and collaborating with other non-profit agencies in the community including Angels Against Abuse, Ready For Life,Hannah’s Homeless, Hands Across The Bay, and Volunteers of America. They also work with adult volunteers from corporate entities such as Wells Fargo, Franklin Templeton and Allstate to further the mission of The Kind Mouse.
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