Help Our Kids, Inc.

Help Our Kids, Inc. HelpOurKids, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) registered organization serving the needs of children in foster care in the Springfield, MA area. Children in foster care placements frequently change homes, and a year spent in one home is an uncommon luxury for many.

Even when a home offers stability and a reasonable sense of belonging, more often than not there is no extra money available for anything beyond the basics of food and shelter. This is where HelpOurKids comes in. We provide some of “the other things” that help promote a sense of normalcy for children in foster care. And best of all, 100% of donations made to HelpOurKids goes directly towards the fulfillment of our children's requests! For example, we have partnered with the Community Music School of Springfield, MA to provide children with music lessons. We’ve also supplied sporting equipment so a child could be on a team, a prom dress so that a teenager could feel just as special as her classmates, and more.

Operating as usual

I am very happy to announce that our newly redesigned website is up and running.  This comes as the result of a great de...
02/15/2021

I am very happy to announce that our newly redesigned website is up and running. This comes as the result of a great deal of effort by two members of our team, Ryan and Dane. It is informative and efficient and I hope you will check it out. www.helpourkidsinc.org Please share this with your friends and encourage anyone who is interested to sign up.

On January 23 HelpOurKids lost a great friend and devoted supporter.  Bonita "Bonnie" Krotkov died after a 10 year battl...
01/29/2021

On January 23 HelpOurKids lost a great friend and devoted supporter. Bonita "Bonnie" Krotkov died after a 10 year battle with lung cancer. In spite of her medical limitations including an oxygen supply, she participated at every FFTF event because of her commitment to our kids in foster care. She will be greatly missed.

Do you see, knit or quilt? Our little ones coming into care need blankets. Can you help? #fosterkids
01/15/2021

Do you see, knit or quilt? Our little ones coming into care need blankets. Can you help? #fosterkids

What talented supporters we have! Wally and Daphne want you to look at these amazing handmade masks made for our kids in...
12/18/2020

What talented supporters we have! Wally and Daphne want you to look at these amazing handmade masks made for our kids in foster care to wear.

Thank you Zonta Club of Springfield for the board games, Cyd and Mariann for the puzzles and games, the HelpOurKids dono...
11/19/2020

Thank you Zonta Club of Springfield for the board games, Cyd and Mariann for the puzzles and games, the HelpOurKids donors for 100 new duffle bags, and Bombas for the 100's of pairs of socks. I safely delivered a packed carload today.
These donations will keep our kids' minds active away from a screen, they will have warm feet and an appropriate bag to carry their personal items.

07/26/2020
2020 Unsung Heroes Tribute

Congrats to our director Noryn Resnick for receiving the Parent Villages Bridging the Gap award which recognizes the work Help Our Kids, Inc. does to take care of those kids in foster care who may not qualify or have access to resources or programs they need. We encourage all of you to take a look at the work Parent Villages does in the Springfield community, in their words, "Our Vision is to close the belief gap that has infiltrated our urban cities causing our children to lose hope that they can’t go beyond what they can see, by mentoring families, providing scholarships and financially investing in our youth."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CurKeNfHJQM&feature=share&app=desktop

During COVID We are all feeling disconnected from our typical routines and our kids in care feel the additional burden o...
07/15/2020

During COVID We are all feeling disconnected from our typical routines and our kids in care feel the additional burden of isolation.

However, through this adversity, 31 of our kids were able to graduate from high school and college.

To support their achievements, HOK assembled graduation gift bags containing special class of 2020 t-shirts, picture frames, sunglasses, a handmade mask and more.

Additionally, over 40 of our pen pal volunteers from all over the United States, sent graduation cards to our kids. Each card was personalized for the graduate.

Our Pen Pal Program is growing! Because COVID-19 has made contact difficult, we plan to stay connected with the kids on their birthdays and other milestones. If you would like to find out more about how you can help, please click the link below to fill out our volunteer form and we will contact you with next steps.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd2EKMYLVwKrfbIRApXmVO9EkYYqZUUWCzkSNYSM372OebygA/viewform

Oh how we are so grateful for our community supporters! @Junior League of Greater Springfield your donation will bring s...
05/26/2020

Oh how we are so grateful for our community supporters! @Junior League of Greater Springfield your donation will bring smiles to the faces of our kids!

04/04/2020

Dear Friends of Fitting For The Future,

It is April 4th and I am sitting here very aware of where we had all planned to spend the day. Although I know the decision to cancel Fitting For The Future 2020 was unavoidable, I am very disappointed for all of us and mostly for all of the kids who were looking forward so much to the day. Everything was in place and ready to go, all arrangements were made, and we had well over 100 kids in care ready to go.

I want to thank all of you who signed up to help make this a special day for the kids whose lives are such a struggle. It is a gesture of wonderful love and caring that you all participate. When this awful situation has passed and the world is ready to resume life as we know it, we will schedule the 6th annual Fitting For The Future. We can’t do it at this time because everything is still so uncertain but we will be back better than ever to help our kids. It is not a matter of “if”, it is a matter of “when”.

Please stay safe and healthy,

Noryn

Noryn A Resnick
Executive Director
HelpOurKids

03/16/2020

Dear FFTF Volunteers, Participants and Supporters,

Given everything we have heard in the last few days, this will come as no surprise to you. As a result of all the restrictions that have been put in place from the coronavirus, I am extremely sad and disappointed that FFTF 2020 must be canceled.

At this point, I expect that we will not be able to reschedule before April 2021. There are so many people involved and so many moving parts in producing FFTF that it seems unlikely that we will be able to hold it later this year. I will revisit the circumstances as new developments take place and let you know with plenty of notice if holding the event in 2020 seems possible. Otherwise I will let all of you know a new date for 2021 as soon as I am able to set it.

I am especially sad about the missed opportunity for the kids in care who are looking forward to this event. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to avoid this step.

Stay healthy and hopeful,

Noryn

Noryn Resnick
Executive Director, HelpOurKids

We’re feeling great about the event next month, but we’re still accepting donations of men’s tuxedos. If you’re looking ...
03/11/2020

We’re feeling great about the event next month, but we’re still accepting donations of men’s tuxedos. If you’re looking for a new home for your gently used tuxedos, please message us!

Amanda Big Y Support Center you organized quite a donation of items for Fitting For The Future 2020.  We appreciate how ...
03/06/2020

Amanda Big Y Support Center you organized quite a donation of items for Fitting For The Future 2020. We appreciate how organized all the clothing, jewelry, shoes and handbags were! Thank you to all your co-workers who donated such fantastic items for our kids.

We’re about a month away from Fitting for the Future, and we’re so excited! But we need your help. We’re seeking new mak...
03/05/2020

We’re about a month away from Fitting for the Future, and we’re so excited! But we need your help. We’re seeking new makeup and hair care products for our kids to take home at the event. Please message us if you’re able to donate.

I spy a bunch of gorgeous dresses ready to be picked up🕵️‍♀️ 👀 Thank you Pearl Bridal Boutique for donating 88 beautiful...
02/27/2020

I spy a bunch of gorgeous dresses ready to be picked up🕵️‍♀️ 👀
Thank you Pearl Bridal Boutique for donating 88 beautiful dresses to Fitting for the Future - the kids are going to love them!

Our HelpOurKids Nana, 92 year old Shirley, just completed another dozen "Love, Nana" dolls for our kids.  We love you Na...
12/19/2019

Our HelpOurKids Nana, 92 year old Shirley, just completed another dozen "Love, Nana" dolls for our kids. We love you Nana Shirley!!

Junior League of Greater Springfield THANK YOU for the 20 hand tied polar fleece blankets, and the 75 brand new backpack...
12/16/2019

Junior League of Greater Springfield THANK YOU for the 20 hand tied polar fleece blankets, and the 75 brand new backpacks filled with school supplies. The children coming into foster care at this time of year will be comforted and prepared.

Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. THANK YOU for the personal care donations.  These fellas happily transported the boxes to...
12/11/2019

Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. THANK YOU for the personal care donations. These fellas happily transported the boxes to my car.

HelpOurKids executive director and founder, Noryn Resnick, was recently honored as the recipient of the Founders Award g...
11/25/2019

HelpOurKids executive director and founder, Noryn Resnick, was recently honored as the recipient of the Founders Award given by the Zonta Club of Springfield in honor of their 100th year. At the awards dinner, the club members assembled 100 duffle bags filled with a vast array of personal care items for our kids in care. Thank you so much to the Zonta Club of Springfield for all of your support!

Thank you Zonta Club of Quaboag Valley for all the wonderful donations and for your invitation to present tonight.  We l...
10/15/2019

Thank you Zonta Club of Quaboag Valley for all the wonderful donations and for your invitation to present tonight. We look forward to seeing you soon.

A huge thank you to TD Bank, Four Seasons Wine & Liquor, Springfield Country Club, and everyone who showed up for our ki...
09/27/2019

A huge thank you to TD Bank, Four Seasons Wine & Liquor, Springfield Country Club, and everyone who showed up for our kids at tonight's scotch tour to benefit Help Our Kids, Inc.! Slainte!

What an exciting Saturday!! Thank you Newman Sewing Machine & Supply especially Albert Newman for helping us with the pu...
09/08/2019

What an exciting Saturday!! Thank you Newman Sewing Machine & Supply especially Albert Newman for helping us with the purchase of the new sewing machine for our budding clothing designer. We will bring the Westies with us next time. Our wonderful volunteer Janice is providing valuable sewing lessons to this young man. We were able to fulfill this request due to the generosity of our HelpOurKids donors.

Over 200 brand new books for our book bundle program! Thank you Lauren Winter, your family and friends who raised the mo...
09/03/2019

Over 200 brand new books for our book bundle program! Thank you Lauren Winter, your family and friends who raised the money to purchase the new books from Usborne. Our kids in foster care love new books they can call their own. Most of our kids come into care without any of their personal belongings. Help Our Kids, Inc. provides duffle bags, personal care items, book bundles and more to help with the anxiety and stress. Lauren Winter, we appreciate your interest in touching the lives of our kids in care in western Massachusetts.

We ask because our kids in foster care can't...we are more equipped to handle the rejection and the "no", however, Bomba...
06/20/2019

We ask because our kids in foster care can't...we are more equipped to handle the rejection and the "no", however, Bombas said "yes". We received 6 cartons of socks in a variety of sizes and styles!!! We now have plenty to offer to the kids at FFTF 2020 to complete their outfits and to include in the duffle bags we provide when kids come into foster care with only the clothes on their back.
Bombas we are more excited than you are to receive your generous donation. #Theseareourkids

Congratulations class of 2019! Graduation season can be an exciting and a scary time for kids both in and out of foster ...
06/20/2019

Congratulations class of 2019! Graduation season can be an exciting and a scary time for kids both in and out of foster care. But many of our kids in foster care face uncertainty as they move on from high school and into adulthood. If you're looking for ways to help make this transition a bit easier for them, visit our "items needed" page (http://www.helpourkidsinc.org/howtohelp/items-needed-now/) or contact us about volunteer opportunities.

Fitting for the Future 2019 is featured on the front cover of the Daily Hampshire Gazette's Hampshire Life Magazine toda...
06/07/2019
The Cinderella treatment for teens in foster care

Fitting for the Future 2019 is featured on the front cover of the Daily Hampshire Gazette's Hampshire Life Magazine today! They've written such a wonderful account of the work we do to help enrich the lives of children and teens in foster care. Thank you to all of our hard working volunteers, many of whom are pictured in the article!

When Gamalier Marquez walked out onto the stage wearing his new suit, a huge smile splashed across his face. Overwhelmed by all the clapping and cheering from the crowd, the 19-year-old looked up at the ceiling as he reached the end of the stage and...

Zonta Club of Springfield we appreciate your continued support of our Trashbags to Dufflebags Program.  Thank you to the...
05/23/2019

Zonta Club of Springfield we appreciate your continued support of our Trashbags to Dufflebags Program. Thank you to the parents of the child and their guests at the birthday party who donated all these duffle bags, backpacks, carryon bags FILLED with name brand personal hygiene items for our kids in foster care.

04/17/2019

St.Laurent Photography WOW!!! The portraits of the teens from FFTF 2019 are AMAZING!! Every youth looks confident and happy. Greg and Ruth, we appreciate your donation of time and talents. What super community partners you are.

Check out St.Laurent Photography if you need an excellent photographer.

Our *fifth* Fitting For The Future was our biggest one yet! Check out the news coverage from our event on April 6th at S...
04/15/2019
'Fitting for the Future' helps foster kids

Our *fifth* Fitting For The Future was our biggest one yet! Check out the news coverage from our event on April 6th at Springfield Technical Community College

It was a special day...and an exciting one for a number of foster kids who took part in the 'Fitting for the Future' event at STCC in Springfield Saturday. Take

With another year under our belts (pun intended), we're looking forward to Fitting for the Future 2020! If you would lik...
04/14/2019

With another year under our belts (pun intended), we're looking forward to Fitting for the Future 2020! If you would like to donate new or gently used clothing, shoes, bags, and/or accessories, we will begin accepting new donations in May. Thank you!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! A huge shout out to the 130 volunteers, to the hundreds of you who donated items, to th...
04/06/2019

Thank you, thank you, thank you! A huge shout out to the 130 volunteers, to the hundreds of you who donated items, to the countless folks at STCC, and to the 95 teens who came. Every single one one of you made this day possible, and we are so grateful!

We made it!! Today this room will witness smiles, tears, love, respect, growth, and beautiful transformations - inside a...
04/06/2019

We made it!! Today this room will witness smiles, tears, love, respect, growth, and beautiful transformations - inside and out.
Thank you so much to the amazing and generous team at STCC for helping to make this a possibility!

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