Kidz 4 Causes

Founding member Michael Bendok (right) and the other nine members of Kidz 4 Causes have come up with various ways of donating time, money and supplies to those in need during the pandemic.

Over the last five years, Kidz 4 Causes has become a fairly well-known name in the community, due to their focus on fundraising for the Phoenix-based TGen Center for Rare Childhood Disorders. Since the start of the program, Kidz 4 Causes has raised over $141,000 for TGen.

In the last four months, the Kidz 4 Causes staff has grown to 10 members, each assigned a different organizational role. The team consists of students from Phoenix Country Day School, Brophy Prep and Hamilton High School.

Back in May and June, Kidz 4 Causes decided to change its focus to help raise money for the Navajo Nation COVID-19 Response Fund and the CDC Foundation Emergency Response Fund.

“We feel that it is important for the greater community to help those disproportionately affected, like the Navajo Nation,” Kidz 4 Causes Public Relations Manager Victoria Moreno said. 

The money raised for the Navajo Nation goes toward N-95 masks, face shields, ventilators, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies and toiletries. The group has raised over $11,000 for the relief fund and hopes to raise even more through their summer initiative programs.

One of the programs is Cards for Care Workers. It started on June 1 and is dedicated to thanking health care employees at Dignity Health, Banner Health and Mayo Clinic.

“For every $10 or more donated, we will write a handwritten thank-you card for health care workers,” Moreno said.

On July 17, Kidz 4 Causes held a virtual Trivia Night. The event cost $10 to enter, and the proceeds went to the Navajo Nation COVID-19 Relief Fund as well as thank-you cards sent to health care workers with the donor’s name. 

The game consisted of five rounds of interactive fun. Once people entered the video conference, players split up into teams, allowing them to compete against friends, family and community members for the “Kidz 4 Causes Trivia Champion” title.

Another summer initiative was the Run for Relief event that took place July 19-25. This event allowed the community to sponsor a runner through a tax-deductible donation for every mile they ran. All donations went directly to the Navajo Nation relief fund.  

“Depending on the coronavirus situation and whether it gets worse or better, we will go on from there and either plan more initiatives or find a new cause to help,” Moreno said. 

For more: kidz-4-causes.org