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Removing barriers to help all youth in the Lake Chelan Valley reach their full potential.


Thrive Cares was established in 2009 by people who saw kids without proper clothing, food, and other basic needs in our local schools. They also saw these kids wanting to participate in the same activities as their peers, but they lacked the funds or resources to do so.

The Barriers

60-85% of students in our valley receive free/reduced lunches which indicates a high poverty level for school-aged children.

Counselors and school administrators estimate that at least 60% of students in both Chelan and Manson schools have experienced significant childhood trauma.

Because of high poverty and a high degree of single parent homes, many parents are operating in survival mode to put food on the table and pay their bills.

it is estimated that up to 20% of our students are undocumented, posing barriers for post-secondary education, employment, financial gain, and college assistance.


Thrive Cares creates opportunity for the community to break down these barriers, including opportunities to meet immediate needs, provide dignity items, food for kids to eat at home during evenings or weekends, and new/gently used sporting equipment so all students have the opportunity to participate in sports.

Many individuals, organizations and service clubs enjoy helping kids in need, and Thrive Cares helps connect their resources with the needs. Often people who work with kids and care deeply about them notice something that would help them be more successful in school. Sometimes school staff even spends their own money when they see a need or educational barrier.

Thrive Cares makes it easy for a school counselor, teacher, administrator, mentor or any youth advocate to submit a request on behalf of a student.


Our youth is our future! If they’re in trouble, we’re in trouble. When kids have barriers in the way of reaching their full potential, their chances of becoming successful adults plummets, along with our chances of being a successful community for years to come.

Know of a student in need? Please click on the button below to submit a need request. Our team will review your request and respond within 24-48 hours with next steps.


Thrive Chelan Valley seeks to remove barriers and help youth in our valley have everything they need to reach their full potential.

As advocates, we realize that not all students have access to the basic items they need to survive and thrive. Thrive is here to stand in the gap and make it easy to connect real student needs with a quick solution.

Know of students who could use access to basic hygiene items (i.e. toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant, etc)? Please click the button below to complete our request form. Our Program Director will be in touch with you within 24-28 hours!


Volunteer to shop and/or transport items


Your generous donations help us purchase tangible items to help children in need as well as provide funds for needs such as drivers education, dental work, school/sports fees, and any other financial obstacle a child might run into.


Donate new/gently used tangible items such as sports equipment, clothing, furniture, hygiene products, as well as food.