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Press Release: January 25, 2017
Habitot Children's Museum
Media Contact: Toni Mikulka, Marketing Manager
Direct: (510) 647-1111 x17; 201-937-1552 (cell) toni@habitot.org
Public Information: www.habitot.org
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Habitot Raises $28,862 to Help Homeless Kids and At-Risk Youth

with Free Museum Programs

Musical Fence

(Berkeley, CA) January 25, 2017

Habitot Children’s Museum in Berkeley raised $28,862 to provide free programs to homeless children, children with special needs, children in foster homes, single parents, and low-income families, as part of the Museum’s Campaign for Joy, to give museum experiences to all children regardless of their background or income.  Funding for the campaign came from the generosity of the community via mailed donations, and from donations made online via Habitot.org and GoFundMe.  The total goal for the Campaign for Joy is $30,000. The museum extended the campaign deadline to January 31st.  The community may still contribute via GoFundMe.com/HabitotMuseum or Secure.DonationPay.org/Habitot. All Campaign for Joy donors will be invited to meet the community participants at a celebration event in March.

The Campaign for Joy plans to make a positive social impact in the following ways this year:

  • 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 each child receives a $40 Family Guest Pass to return with their parents. Hundreds of children benefited from this educationally enriching program in 2016.

  • 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 families in the last year.

  • And for children with special needs - many of whom rarely get to frequent public parks or playgrounds - Habitot will provide 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 participated in these free, inclusive events last year.

  • Over six-hundred low-income families will receive free passes to visit Habitot year round, with access to a Toy Lending library, parenting resource library, the museum’s immersive-play based exhibits, and art studio with unlimited supplies.

  • Over two-hundred  parents and caregivers will receive free parenting education classes.

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.

Since opening almost nineteen 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