There are so many stories of kids in our valley where barriers have been removed for dignity, equality, or basic needs, and would allow students to thrive and work toward meeting their full potential. Some of these barriers we have partnered with our community to remove include helping kids to be able to participate in clubs or sports teams, working with local service providers to help advocate for kids needing driver's education and dignity-based dental work, along with basic functioning needs like beds, clothing, and food.
We want you to dream big about barriers that could be removed to help students in our valley to reach their full potential, and #justask us. Often we can make these dreams a reality!
Please fill out the following form for the student you are requesting services for:
Mission: Removing barriers to help all youth in the Lake Chelan Valley reach their full potential.
About: Our valley is comprised of 60-80% poverty level for school age children. Counselors and school administration estimate that at least 60% of the students in both schools have experienced significant childhood trauma. We estimate that up to 20% of our students are undocumented, posing great barriers for education, employment, financial gain, and college assistance. Because of high poverty and a high degree of single parent homes/fatherlessness, many parents are operating in survival mode to put food on the table and pay their bills.
Many individuals, organizations and service clubs enjoy helping kids in need. In a spirit of generosity, this program provides educational opportunities or meet immediate needs, dignity items, or full potential requests in local schools; food for kids to eat at home during evenings/weekends; and new/gently used sporting equipment so all student have the opportunity to participate in sports.
Process: Often people who work with kids and care deeply about them notice something that would help them be more successful in school. Often school staff spends their own money when they see a need or educational barrier. In this program, a school counselor, teacher, administrator, mentor, or any advocate in the child’s life may submit a request on behalf of a student. If you have a student you would like to advocate for, please email us.
How you can help:
- Pop-top soups (particularly beefaroni-type products)
- Cup Noodles
- Easy Mac (just add water)
- Granola bars (peanut free)
- Individually packed crackers (peanut/peanut butter free)
- Fruit cups
- Fruit leather
- Ensure drinks
- Bottled smoothies
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Note: Thrive Cares incorporates the Thrive Programs formerly known as Helping Hands, Food2Schools, and Give.Share.Play.