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12.01.2020

Stretch Your Impact This #GivingTuesday

By Lindsay Hastings, Treehouse Annual Giving Manager

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Join Treehouse on December 1 for Giving Tuesday, the kick off of holiday giving. To stretch your impact even more, we are matching Giving Tuesday donations! Give early to double your gift.

Kids and youth in foster care need very consistent support. No matter the challenges, we’re committed to providing our youth with resources to learn, grow and succeed against all odds.

One of our youth, Ellie, shared her journey from the past few months with us:

“I’ve been thinking a lot about my future lately. I’m halfway through my senior year of high school, and graduation feels closer than ever,” Ellie said. “I failed most of my classes freshman and sophomore year. You see, school hasn’t always been high on my list of things to do. I didn’t grow up with folks who pushed me to succeed. They didn’t even really care if I went to class.

“When I entered foster care, my school connected me with Treehouse. I started working with Nina, my Graduation Success Coordinator. We check in each week about my classes, homework, life—and she listens to me.

“Nina actually cares about me. Me. She pushes me. She knows that I want to succeed. She believes in me.

“When I told her I wanted to go to college, Nina knew we could make a plan and work toward that goal. I decided I want to become a social worker and a foster parent. I know I can do something for kids who have gone through similar trauma like me. I will be the adult kids turn to, and treat them with the respect and care they deserve. I’ve seen first-hand the difference caring and committed adults can make.

“For me, when school gets tough or I want to skip an online class, I remember how close I am to my goal of going to college. Plus, Nina will send me a giant bag of Hi-Chews candy when I get my grades up!

“Working with Treehouse, I’ve learned not to let hard times bring me down.”

Support Treehouse on Giving Tuesday or donate anytime at treehouseforkids.org/donate.

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About the Author

As Annual Giving Manager at Treehouse, Lindsay Hastings focuses on expanding philanthropic support for youth in foster care with members of the Treehouse donor community.


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