Our Story

In the fall of 2013, I (Lynn Raines) was a year into parenting and had just resigned from my career as an elementary principal to stay home with my daughter. I (Jean Heffernan) had just moved from the Chicago suburbs after resigning from my career as an elementary teacher and was trying to figure out what to do with my 3 year old and 1 year old in our new town. As luck would have it, we met at a library playgroup for our daughters and quickly shared our joy about spending more time parenting along with our sadness over leaving beloved jobs as public servants. 

A year later, in 2014, after many conversations and attempts to engage in volunteering with our kid(s), we decided to create our own service project that would not require babysitters and would have a timeframe and activities suitable to the developmental level of our kids and a handful of our friends’ kids.  What started with a hope for our three kids grew quickly and confirmed our belief that there were lots of families in the Milwaukee area who had big hearts and wanted to pitch in.

Today, Kids Impact Community (formerly Toddlers and Kids on a Mission) is a 501(c)3 non-profit that operates in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. We are a small but mighty organization with a dedicated board and leadership team comprised of a group of parents hailing from diverse professional pursuits. We have educators, business leaders, doctors, marketers, fundraisers, grant writers, lawyers, bakers and more all working hard to build up our city and create welcoming opportunities to serve at stellar local non-profits.

We love what we do and hope you will join us!

-Lynn Raines and Jean Heffernan, Co-Founders