Founder Henry Potter of Willow Island created L2 for Kids in 2011 with $14,000 in seed money that initially was raised to start a home for troubled boys. When the state of Nebraska decided not to use such homes, the money was re-directed into what is now L2 for Kids.
The L2 board invested the initial $14,000 in an endowment fund and uses only the interest, about $700 per year, for the actual program. To supplement this amount, and to increase the number of kids that can be helped, the board seeks other sources of income, including donations and grant funding.
The approach is to raise money and give it away, with 100 percent of the money donated going to the kids. Donations can also be made to a trust. Adults who help administer the program all are volunteers. Henry is president of the seven-member L2 for Kids board and wife, Pat, handles the bookkeeping. Additionally, each town where the program operates has a council comprised of community members.
L2 for Kids recognizes many parents live paycheck to paycheck and said no matter the reason, children should know they are cared for and that they can rise above their present circumstances. Once we saw how awesome it is to help kids, we wanted to share it, have it spread. We approached Gothenburg about the program when he moved to Willow Island in 2010.
The program has benefited children in Alma, Cambridge, Cozad, Culbertson, Grant, Gothenburg, Holdrege, Lexington, North Platte, and the McCook area.
Children selected to receive clothing in the L2 for Kids program shop with a parent and our volunteers to choose clothing they want and need. The only guidelines are the clothes must be school appropriate and sticking within a budget.
L2 for Kids is a partner agency of United Way in Cozad, Lexington, and North Platte.
L2 for kids is partner agency of the United Fund in Gothenburg.
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