​Champions for Children

As a global pandemic continues to have a great impact on our community, the 21st Annual CAIU’s Champions for Children Bingo event scheduled for Friday, September 18, 2020 has been cancelled. 

We plan to reschedule this event for April 2021, and if needed, we will hold this event virtually.

More information to come!

The 24th Annual Champions for Children Golf Tournament scheduled for Tuesday, July 24, 2020 has been cancelled.

We look forward to next year's tournament to be scheduled in July 2021.

For more information contact Dan Conway at

What is Champions for Children?

Champions for Children is a nationally growing campaign adopted by local organizations, institutions, and businesses to meet the needs of all children. Those of us associated with the campaign believe we have a responsibility to invest in the growth and development of the children in our communities.

What is the Mission of the Capital Area Intermediate Unit Champions for Children?

The mission of the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) Champions for Children is to improve the lives of children with special needs who are currently receiving Capital Area Intermediate Unit services. We believe the Capital Area Intermediate Unit has the capacity to muster the resources in our communities to fulfill the needs of our children. We believe it is both an honor and a responsibility to reaffirm the worth and dignity of our country's children, to champion their cause, and through them, to create an enlightened citizenry.

How do we "Champion" Children?

As an agency both directly and indirectly involved in the lives of virtually all children in the Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry and Northern York Counties, the CAIU is in a unique position to coordinate the Champions for Children campaign in this area. Working with the CAIU staff and service agencies, the CAIU develops programs and addresses the needs of many special education students in the capital region. The Champions for Children fund furthers these efforts by identifying and responding to very specific individual and group needs. We cultivate a sense in our community that student needs can be assisted by some small but strategically placed additional resources.

How is Champions for Children funded? 

Contributions are accepted, fundraisers are conducted and individuals donate their time. No tax monies are involved in funding Champions for Children.

How is the money used? 

Champions for Children money is spent in accordance with the belief statement developed by the Capital Area Intermediate Unit Champions for Children foundation. The possibilities for Champions for Children are limited only by our resources. We attempt to provide new and vital support to important issues and difficult situations. Champions for Children funds have been used to purchase equipment (wheelchairs, hearing aids, glasses, computers, etc.); clothing (coats, hats, gloves, etc.); provide money for student forums, workshops and conferences for parents among other things.

Who do I contact for additional information about Champions for Children?

For additional information about CAIU Champions for Children, contact Kellie Custer at or any committee member listed in the annual report.

How are funds requested?

A "CAIU Champions for Children Request Form" can be downloaded from this webpage or you may contact Kellie Custer at You will need to describe the situation for which you are requesting funds and explain how the student(s) involved will benefit directly, if the request is approved. Also, you will need to indicate the relationship of the student(s) to the CAIU and describe other sources of revenue you have explored.

What if I have an idea for a fundraiser for Champions for Children?

Contact Kellie Custer at

How are requests approved/denied?

Requests are emailed or mailed to the Champions for Children Coordinating Committee Chairperson. The chairperson distributes the requests to the committee for voting, informs the requester of the approval/denial of the request and coordinates the payment of funds if approved. During each meeting, the committee will review any outstanding requests for funds or requests by others to conduct fund-raisers, review the financial status of the foundation, and discuss and decide upon any other pertinent issues. Additional meetings will be held only as needed. The secretary will inform members by memo or phone of any additional meetings.

Does Champions for Children have any annual events?

  • Golf Tournament - The Champions for Children golf tournament is the major fundraiser for the foundation and raises an average of $10,000 per year. The tournament is held on the fourth Tuesday of July at the Cumberland Golf Club, Carlisle, PA
  • Champions for Children Bingo - Held annually in the Spring this event raises an average of $3,000 per year
  • The Giving Tree Project - Held annually in November, this event gives employees an opportunity to purchase gifts for CAIU students who might not otherwise receive a gift for Christmas.

How can I get involved?

Contact Kellie Custer at to let her know that you would like to join the committee and for the schedule of committee meetings if you would like to attend a meeting. The meetings are held at the Enola Office.