Children's Cove, the Barnstable-based Cape & Islands Child Advocacy Center announced last month that they have partnered with the Rite Aid Foundation's KidCents program. Rite Aid customers who use the store's Wellness+ incentive card may choose to enroll in the KidCents program. By doing so, purchases are rounded up to the nearest dollar and the change is donated via Kidcents.
Customers have the option of choosing a specific charity or having their donation dispersed by Kidcents to multiple community charities. They can log in to their dashboard anytime to see the amount they have donated since the beginning of the year and since enrolling. Printable contribution histories are also available.
To qualify as a KidCents charity, an organizations must meet criteria set by the Rite Aid Foundation. Rite Aid accepts applications from organizations that provide services to communities where Rite Aid stores are located, according to the foundation's website.
Last month Children's Cove received a $10,000 initial grant from the Rite Aid Foundation. KidCents will match every $500 in donations, up to $5,000, according to a statement from Children's Cove.
Children's Cove was founded in 1997 and works in partnership with a multi-disciplinary team which includes the Cape & Islands District Attorney's Office, Barnstable County, law enforcement in Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Counties, the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and Cape Cod Healthcare.
According to the Children's Cove website, statistics show that one in four girls and one in six boys is sexually abused before they turn 18.