05.15.2017

5 in 5: Quick Ways to Show Support During Foster Care Month

By Lindsay von Marbod, Treehouse Associate Director of Development

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We’re living in a time where your voice and action matter more than ever, but it can feel overwhelming to know where to start. Especially when you see the statistics surrounding youth who have experienced foster care. While we can’t all be foster parents, there are many simple, easy ways to make an impact during Foster Care Month and throughout the year.

If you are looking for a way to get started, here are five things you can do in five minutes:

1. Spring Clean for The Wearhouse, Our Free Store for Youth in Foster Care

You can donate new and like-new clothes, toys, books, shoes, athletic equipment and more to The Wearhouse, Treehouse’s very own store where caregivers and youth can shop for free. You also can host a virtual donation drive and collect monetary donations online.

2. Send Your Senator an Email

Youth who have experienced foster care are graduating at less than half the rate of their peers, except in areas where Treehouse’s Graduation Success program supports them. Use our super easy template to send an email to your senator urging them to pass a state budget that renews and expands funding for Graduation Success, so all youth can have the support they need to complete high school with a plan for the future.

3. Sign Up for a Volunteer Orientation

From answering phones to serving on a committee, to providing homework help to sorting donations in the Wearhouse, there is a volunteer opportunity to match your interests, skills and schedule. We also offer group volunteer activities for your workplace, family or organization. Read more about our current opportunities and sign up for an orientation to get plugged in.

4. Spread the Word on Facebook or Twitter

Many people know a little about foster care, but they often don’t realize the barriers that youth in care face or how they can help. Broaden the circle of support for youth in foster care by sharing Treehouse’s video with your social networks.

5. Make a Donation

We rely on your generous support to make serving 7,000-plus youth in foster care possible. There are many ways to give, and charitable gifts to Treehouse are tax-deductible.

Bonus: Share this blog post with your network to encourage more action!

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About the Author

As Treehouse’s Associate Director of Development, Lindsay von Marbod  provides strategic leadership and direction for fundraising efforts throughout the community.


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