Who We Are
Champions for Kids makes it simple to give kids in your community the resources they need to thrive!
People care about the future of our children and they will help. The only solution we know is through the leverage of people.
Our core values have remained our driving commitment. All children should have:
Someone who cares
A place to belong
Hope for tomorrow and provisions for their journey.
Vision and Values: 20M People by 2020
Champions for Kids was founded in 2004 as a result of escalating needs of children in communities. A phone call marks the beginning of Champions for Kids.
The phone call came two weeks before Christmas. Snow was falling. During a morning drive to work, I received a phone call from a teacher I had never met. “Hello, Mrs. Schaeffer, you don’t know me but I’m a teacher from Fayetteville High School. We have a young boy who needs a home.
We were wondering if you and your husband may be able to help. The schools are closing for Christmas. And this boy doesn’t have a home.” Daniel lived alone in an abandoned home. His mother died of cancer. His father was homeless. A team of teachers worked to provide food, clothing and temporary shelter for Daniel. We drove to the school that afternoon.
When we walked in, Daniel rose to meet us. “Hello Mr. and Mrs. Schaeffer. My name is Daniel.”
Champions for Kids started to help many children like Daniel. Over the course of several years, there were many phone calls that came our way. Champions for Kids began with three core commitments. We began with a commitment to provide help for all children—not some children. In the early years, we never focused on a single issue or cause. The needs were too great.
Second, we focused on a solution rather than the problem. The solution is in the leverage of people. People care about children. And if asked to help, they will do what they can. Thus the name, Champions for Kids. Champions for Kids has always been about people who are and will be Champions for Kids. They are everywhere. We only need to find ways to leverage their passion, commitments and influence.
Three, our core values have remained our driving commitment. All children should have: Someone who cares; a Place to belong; Hope for tomorrow and provisions for their journey. All children.
Our mission has always been focused on the mobilization of people. The Mobilizing MILLIONS theme is new, but the mission is not. The theme simply is a way to bring focused attention to the power of people and the leverage we can bring.
Champions for Kids
26 West Center Suite 215
Fayetteville, AR 72701