Our Children Making Change use small efforts for big results

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The volunteers working with Our Children Making Change with the check showing how much they collected for charity this summer. The volunteers working with Our Children Making Change with the check showing how much they collected for charity this summer.

OCEAN CITY — Another summer is in the books as Our Children Making Change participants, nearly 230 strong gathered at the Ocean City Civic Center Monday, Aug. 18 to hear what their collective effort over the last six weeks totaled in dollars and cents.

OCMC founder and President Laura Dulac kept the total a secret until Monday afternoon when a large check totaling $25,782 was unveiled.

Laura Dulac of Margate, founder and president of Our Children Making Change, said 230 local children participated in this year’s fundraising activities. Each year the children nominate organizations they feel worthy and they vote on which charities will receive the donations. The kids are then split into teams and each member of the team has a fundraising goal of $100.

The six charities selected this year are: A Work in Progress Foundation in Margate, which develops and maintains community gardens; 21 Down in Northfield, a down syndrome awareness group serving Atlantic and Cape May counties; the Michael J. Neustadter Pancreatic Cancer Fund in Margate, Atlantic City Day Nursery, FACES 4 Autism in Ventnor, and the Randles Boys Foundation in Ocean City, which works to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research.

The children who nominated the charity presented the checks to the charity’s representative. Each charity received approximately $4,300.  That money did not come from one large benefactor or a well-heeled contributor. Instead it came from washing the dog, doing the dishes, teaching cooking classes, holding bake sales, a surf-a-thon and operating a day camp. With the help of adults they held lemonade stands, yard sales, talent shows and hosted movie nights.

Dulac said she hopes that the enjoyment the kids have now by doing volunteer work is something they will take with them as they get older. “I am so happy that they have all gotten a taste of how good it feels to help others and I hope this spirit of helping others and making a difference will be something they will take forward with them in their lives,” said Dulac.

After the closing ceremony, the children were invited to two hours of free rides at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, a free slice of pizza from Pisa Pizza and a free ice cream cone from George’s.
OCMC is a nonprofit organization with a goal of teaching and encouraging children of all ages to contribute to charities through raising money, by performing age appropriate chores. Because OCMC has sponsors whose donations cover all the organizations expenditures, every penny, every nickel and dime that is dropped into the box all summer goes directly to the six charities.

In addition to South Jersey, OCMC has chapters in Cleveland, Chester, Pa., Baltimore, Boston, and Harrison Township, NJ. To date, over 1,500 children have raise more than $240,000 for local charities in their communities.

For more information, contact Laura Dulac at 609-335-4530 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or see www.ourchildrenmakingchange.org.

Suzanne Marino contributed to this story.

Our Children Making Change use small efforts for big results Claire Lowe / Our Children Making Change team leaders and volunteers gather in the Ocean City Civic Center Monday, Aug. 18 for the closing ceremonies.

Claire Lowe / Our Children Making Change team leaders and volunteers gather in the Ocean City Civic Center Monday, Aug. 18 for the closing ceremonies. Claire Lowe / Our Children Making Change team leaders and volunteers gather in the Ocean City Civic Center Monday, Aug. 18 for the closing ceremonies.

Claire Lowe / Our Children Making Change team leaders and volunteers gather in the Ocean City Civic Center Monday, Aug. 18 for the closing ceremonies. “Claire

 Claire Lowe / At left, Laura Dulac, president and founder of Our Children Making Change, announces that the children raised a total of $25,782 for their six charities this summer. Claire Lowe / At left, Laura Dulac, president and founder of Our Children Making Change, announces that the children raised a total of $25,782 for their six charities this summer.

 Claire Lowe / Cookie Till of Margate accepts a donation for her charity, A Work in Progress. Claire Lowe / Cookie Till of Margate accepts a donation for her charity, A Work in Progress.

 Claire Lowe / Katie Neustadter, of Margate, accepts a donation for the Michael J. Neustadter Pancreatic Cancer Fund, in memory of her father. Claire Lowe / Katie Neustadter, of Margate, accepts a donation for the Michael J. Neustadter Pancreatic Cancer Fund, in memory of her father.

 Claire Lowe / Isabelle Mosca of Ventnor accepts a donation for her charity, FACES 4 Autism. Claire Lowe / Isabelle Mosca of Ventnor accepts a donation for her charity, FACES 4 Autism.

 Claire Lowe / The Randles brothers, Colin, 11, at left, and Sean, 9, at right, of Ocean City nominated and fundraised for their charity, the Randles Boys Foundation, which works to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research. Their mother, Whitney Randles, center, accepts the donation for the charity. Claire Lowe / The Randles brothers, Colin, 11, at left, and Sean, 9, at right, of Ocean City nominated and fundraised for their charity, the Randles Boys Foundation, which works to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research. Their mother, Whitney Randles, center, accepts the donation for the charity.

Claire Lowe / Our Children Making Change use small efforts for big results

Claire Lowe / Our Children Making Change use small efforts for big results


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