August Nonprofit of the Month - Cops Connecting with Kids

August 1, 2024 through August 31, 2024

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Eastland Mall is excited to help create awareness for this amazing program in our community.  This program promotes positive connections between youth and law enforcement.

How it all began:

Three Evansville Police Officers were asked by local school administrators to chaperone a grant funded trip to Disney World.  The trip had such a profound impact on those three officers, they decided to raise the money to take additional students. As of January 2022, 404 kids have experienced the Disney Magic!

The students are selected by teachers and staff at their respective schools for the all expenses paid trip. These students are chosen based on good citizenship standards. These students are kind, polite, hard-working, friendly and responsible.

Through the program, lifelong bonds have been formed. The program has seen success by these lasting relationships. Several children who were selected for the program have gone on to become first generation college students.

Fundraisers throughout the year and generous donations from businesses and individuals fund the trip.  Go to their facebook page to see how the joy and fun of Walt Disney World is building trust and understanding between law enforcement and youth. 

Cops Connecting with Kids volunteers will be in the mall on Saturday, August 3 from noon to 4pm to share information about the program.  Stop by the tables located just north of center court in between Helzberg Diamonds and Ashcroft & Oak to see how you can help send these deserving kids from our community on a once in a lifetime adventure.



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