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Umps Care Charities Inc

Helping People Is An Easy Call

aka UMPS CARE Charities   |   EDGEWATER, MD   |  http://www.UmpsCare.com

Mission

Founded in 2006 through the compassion of Major League Baseball Umpires, the UMPS CARE mission puts into action our established creed, "Helping People is an Easy Call". Through our youth-based programs, professional umpires enrich the lives of at-risk youth, children coping with serious illness and military families by providing memorable, once-in-a-lifetime, baseball experiences. Umpires make baseball magic on baseball fields across the country and give children reason to cheer by bringing Build-A-Bear Workshop experiences to them while they are undergoing rigorous medical treatment at hospitals. Through our scholarship initiative, we offer financial support to children adopted later in life.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Jennifer Skolochenko-Platt

Main address

4185 CARVEL LN

EDGEWATER, MD 21037 USA

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EIN

47-2451505

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

Pediatrics (G98)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our organization is dedicated to building positive memories for youth and strengthening relationships to help kids dream big and have strong roots to grow. Whether those relationships are with parents, caregivers, mentors, child life staff, social workers or coaches - we know that having new and positive experiences provides a foundation for trust and growth. Having a well of fond memories to draw on gives kids confidence that they matter and pushes them to be forward thinking. The kids we reach face all kinds of challenges, from poverty, to illness, to unstable homes to lack of safe and enriching activities. Our programs provide a break from some of their daily struggles. We offer a space for kids to be kids, to find joy in the small moments and share that with those around them, bolstering their emotional well-being.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

BLUE Crew Ticket Program

Through this program at-risk youth, children battling chronic illness, kids in foster care, and military families in every major league market across the country receive a “big league” experience. You see, the BLUE Crew Ticket program is more than a ticket; it’s a smile when kids need it most, a bonding experience, a memory for families going through hard times.

Each BLUE Crew Ticket VIP experience includes great seats to the ballgame, a goody bag of "all things baseball", and the unique opportunity to step onto the field for a souvenir baseball and photo. The baseball experience is designed to strengthen relationships of at-risk youth and adult caregivers.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

In the game of life, it's not just about balls and strikes. That's why baseball's men in blue are giving back to Major League Baseball communities across the country. The BLUE for Kids hospital program brings a crew of Major League umpires to the bedside of children with life-threatening illnesses, and they don't come empty-handed. Each crew brings a Build-A-Bear Workshop experience right to the hospital room!

While a hospital stay can be a frightening time for children and their families, the BLUE for Kids program lifts the spirits of all involved. Children outfit stuffed teddy bears, puppies or monkeys while sharing high-fives and words of encouragement with the BLUE for Kids crew. When available, the home team mascot tags along making it a fun and memorable day.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses

The All-Star Scholarship is open to children adopted at or after the age of 13 to provide increased opportunities for advanced education. Each year, one student will be selected to receive the scholarship. This student will be eligible to receive up to $10,000 annually to go towards tuition, books, and other college-related expenses.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

BLUE Crew Ticket Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Each of our youth based programs supports underserved youth whether in hospitals, at Major League/Minor League ballparks or on college campuses. *2020 reflects a scale back due to the pandemic.

Number of chronically ill patients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

BLUE For Kids

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We rebooted this program, but some hospitals were still under strict pandemic restrictions.

Number of high school graduates who are persisting in college

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

All-Star College Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Each year we give out a college scholarship along with mentorship to a new student entering college (youth adopted late in life). Some students require an extra year to graduate.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

All-Star College Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We offer college scholarships for youth adopted late in life. We award a new scholarship every year and follow them through graduation.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Ticket Program:
Offers new experiences and memories at Major League and Minor League Ballparks with opportunities to meet professional umpires and enjoy baseball as a VIP. This program helps strengthen bonds between children and their caregivers with a dose of baseball magic.

Hospital Program:
Bolsters emotional wellbeing and delivers joy to young patients and families in children’s hospitals. MLB Umpires deliver Build-A-Bear furry friends, outfits and activity books and crayons to kids who are often isolated and facing scary situations.

Scholarship Program:
Gives life-changing opportunities of a college education and support system to young adults adopted late in life. Major League Umpires and their families provide ongoing mentorship to ensure long-term success.

Family Care Program:
Provides aid to members of the umpiring community who have fallen on hard times. The Family Care program is there to assist those with short-term financial needs and helps bridge the gap until a permanent, long lasting solution is in place.

We utilize the following programs to reach our goals:

Ticket Program: through this program umpires annually enrich the lives of over 700 of at-risk youth, foster kids and military families by providing VIP, on-field experiences each year. The visits include a special meet and greet with the umpires who share stories of hard work, dedication and overcoming adversity. Participants get the full experience with tickets to the game, a goody bag of all things baseball, and money for a meal.

Hospital Program:
Through this program umpires deliver 1,600 Build-A-Bear Workshop experiences annually to the bedside of critically ill children in hospitals throughout the country and in Canada. These events offer enrichment, socialization and joy to kids and families who are undergoing especially challenging times.

Scholarship Program:
Through this program umpires provide annual college scholarships to children adopted later in life, whose parents did not have time to save for a college education. Each recipient receives $10,000 per year, along with ongoing mentorship from umpires and their families to help ensure success through college and beyond. Once these students enter this program, they become part of the UMPS CARE family.

Family Care Program:
Through this program UMPS CARE serves as a safety net for members of the professional umpiring family who have fallen on hard times. A committee keeps a pulse on the needs of the community and submits a request for funding when needed.

Ticket Program:
Umpires have a unique perspective to offer on the game of baseball and in life. Bringing kids to the field, in the dugout and in the locker room inspires them to think big. The umpires also share their own stories of hard work and overcoming adversity to get where they are in their profession. This once-in-a-lifetime experience that kids have with their mentors/caregivers often leads to direct conversations about their own dreams and plans for the future.

Hospital Program:
UMPS CARE has built strong partnerships with hospitals and Child Life Departments nationwide. The Child Life staff are eager to help us implement these events bringing joy and enrichment directly to the bedside of their patients. We abide by strict safety standards and infection control protocols to ensure the event is successful and turn-key for the hospitals.

Scholarship Program:
UMPS CARE recognized a need in this population as families who adopt children as teens do not have years of planning to save for college education. The umpires have invested in their time, money, and resources into making this program a success. In addition they have taken on the mentorship role to help guide the recipients along their college journey through good and bad times to help them achieve success in both school and life.

Family Care:
Umpires are a tight-knit group which has allowed UMPS CARE to answer every call that has been brought to our door, giving short-term financial assistance. Funds are raised to help families who have fallen on hard times through charitable contributions from corporations, foundations and individuals.

Since its inception in 2006, UMPS CARE Charities has continued to grow internally as well as expand our reach to help children and families across the country. We are consistently rated as a Top Nonprofit on Greatnonprofits.org where program participants, volunteers, umpires and recipient agencies leave 5-star reviews of the work we do. UMPS CARE has worked hard to mobilize umpires at all levels - starting a grassroots movement of giving back through the profession of umpiring.

Ticket Program
What started as a few umpires hosting matches from Big Brothers Big Sisters has morphed into a full fledged program supporting kids in mentoring programs, foster youth, sick children, military families and youth baseball players. This program now incorporates both Major League and Minor League umpires who host over 720 guests each year at ballparks across the country. Since the program started in 2006, MLB umpires have welcomed over 8,500 participants.

Hospital Program
At the beginning Major League umpires visited two hospitals delivering around 50 bears at each location. Strong support for this program from sponsors and supporters has allowed us to grow the program to 17 hospitals a year, delivering over 1,700 bears annually to the bedside of critically ill children and families. Since the program started in 2006, UMPS CARE has hosted more than 160 children's hospital events across the country and has distributed more than 17,500 Build-A-Bears.

Scholarship Program
The UMPS CARE Charities All-Star Scholarship was created for children adopted late in life in order to help provide a college education for promising students with a financial need. To date, UMPS CARE has distributed more than $250,000 in funding. As of 2020 the program has three graduates, a nurse, an architect, and a behavioral therapist as well as five students currently in school. The addition of the mentoring program on top of funding has given our students a larger support system to help them through the transition to college and beyond.

Family Care Program
UMPS CARE has successfully answered every call for help that has been presented to the charity, providing short term assistance as families get back on their feet after falling on hard times.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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Financials

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Umps Care Charities Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gary Darling

Gary Darling

Major League Baseball, former umpire

Larry Young

MLB Umpire Supervisor

Samuel Dearth

Camp Bow Wow

Jim Reynolds

MLB Umpire Supervisor

Paul Emmel

MLB Umpire

Samuel Holbrook

Retired MLB Umpire

Fieldin Culbreth

MLB Umpire Supervisor

Chris Guccione

MLB Umpire

Paul Vetrano

Deloitte

Ken Arimitsu

Avison Young

Nicole Bengston

Huron

James Bowman

CARTA Global Logistics

Duane Filey

Ducati

Gene La Suer

Esq.

Rhonda Pauls

Baseball PEI

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data