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Press Release: December 2, 2016
Habitot Children's Museum
Media Contact:
Marketing Manager: Toni Mikulka
Direct: (510) 647-1111 x17; 201-937-1552 (cell) toni@habitot.org
Public Information: www.habitot.org
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Habitot Children's Museum

Raises Thousands to Help Homeless Kids and At-Risk Youth

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(Berkeley, CA) December 2, 2016

Habitot Children’s Museum in Berkeley is raising funds to provide free programs to homeless children, children with special needs, children in foster homes, teen parents, and low-income families, as part of the Museum’s Campaign for Joy.  So far The Campaign for Joy has raised $14,000 from mailed in contributions in addition to $2,395 raised on GoFundMe (www.GoFundMe.com/HabitotMuseum). The total goal for the Campaign is $30,000. The kindness of community support is needed to reach this goal so the museum may continue to help these vulnerable children in 2017. At Risk Youth Campaign.pdf

In 2017 The Campaign for Joy will make a positive impact in the following ways:

  • Free birthday parties will be given to dozens of homeless children living in local family shelters.  These children receive an exclusive museum experience for their friends and family with a birthday cake, presents, special art activities, pizza, and party favors.

  • Hundreds of Head Start preschoolers from all over the East Bay will receive free field trips - plus a we’ll give each child a $40 Family Guest Pass to return with their parents. Hundreds of children benefited from this educationally enriching program over the last 12 months.

  • For children growing up in foster homes, Habitot will host free community days of play and family bonding four times a year. This high impact program welcomed over 180 individuals in the last year.

  • And for children with special needs - many of whom rarely get to frequent public parks or playgrounds - Habitot provides free family programs to hundreds of children. These families meet and support each other, and for some children, it's the first time they have ever played with another child. Over 550 children with special needs and families participated in these free, inclusive events last year.

The museum is hosting a Campaign for Joy fundraising day, The Giant Gingerbread House Party, on December 17th to help raise money for these nonprofit programs at Habitot.  Families can come and decorate a giant gingerbread house which will be donated to a local family shelter afterward.  To buy tickets to attend visit: giantgingerbreadhouse.eventbrite.com

About Habitot Children's Museum

Habitot’s mission is to help parents and caregivers raise curious, creative and confident children with hands-on exhibits and programs to focus exclusively on early childhood, ages 0-5. Habitot aims to reach all children with play via free admission days and in dedicated programs for children experiencing special needs, teen parents, formerly incarcerated mothers, children experiencing homelessness and children in the foster care system.

Since opening eighteen years ago in 1998, Habitot has welcomed over 1,100,000 visitors, filling a niche for new parents and caregivers who seek safe and enriching experiences for young children, with parenting support, a toy lending library, affordable music and art classes, immersive learning exhibits, a drop-in Art Studio, role playing centers.

Habitot Children's Museum has been recognized as the "best museum for families" by Bay Area Parent Magazine and Parents’ Press readers. In addition, Habitot's founder, Gina Moreland, has been honored with a Bay Area "Jefferson Award", and was the City of Berkeley's "Early Childhood Champion of the Year." Habitot received the GuideStar Exchange Silver participation level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. Annually since 2010, Habitot has been designated a "Top-Rated Nonprofit" by GreatNonprofits, a leading provider of reviews and ratings of nonprofit organizations. Habitot participates in the Association of Children’s Museum’s program, “Museum’s For All,” which accepts EBT cards and ensures that all children may enjoy museums regardless of their income.

Habitot Children's Museum
2065 Kittredge Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 647-1111
www.habitot.org