South Florida foundation awarded double the grants

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A local foundation recently received not one, but two grants from two South Florida organizations.

KidSafe Foundation in Broward County was awarded a Capacity Building Mini Grant from the Children’s Service Council Nonprofit Capacity Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward, as well as a LEFT Grant from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. This is the foundation’s second grant from the sheriff’s office.

Sally Berenzweig, co-founder of KidSafe Foundation, said in an email that the most rewarding aspect of winning this grant is “being able to give the gift of books to children in need. Literacy plus an important message – it is a win-win.”

Founded in 2009, KidSafe Foundation was created to protect children from sexual abuse, bullying and Internet predators. Berenzweig said that since its founding, the foundation has taught more than 40,000 children and 12,000 adults about topics like sexual abuse prevention, Internet dangers and bullying prevention programs.

KidSafe Foundation will use the money from the mini grant and the PBSO grant to purchase new technology for programs as well as give the foundation the ability to print and distribute KidSafe books written by Berenzweig and her co-founder, Cherie Benjoseph. The two books are titled “My Body is Special and Belongs to Me!” and “Jack Teaches his Friends to be KidSafe.” The books will be available during the year and at different venues, like the Back to School Bash Aug. 9. The bash serves thousands of underprivileged children.

Berenzweig said people can get involved with KidSafe Foundation by volunteering, attending events, bringing the foundation to their schools and organizations, and sponsoring programs, among other ways. The founders apply yearly for the grants, and most of the grants they win go toward children’s programs or adults’ training.

To Berenzweig, the most rewarding thing about KidSafe is “knowing that the information we teach can raise a parent’s awareness to better prevent a child from becoming a victim and/or set people on the path to healing.” No one has to be a resident of either Broward County or Palm Beach County in order to be part of KidSafe Foundation. Find out more at www.kidsafefoundation.org.

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