Get Involved with Treehouse This Holiday Season

By Maya Hemachandra, Chief Development Officer

It’s hard to believe that 2021 is drawing to a close. The end of the year is a busy time, filled with both joy and loneliness, especially when away from your family. For more than 7,000 children, youth and young adults in foster care across Washington state, the holidays are a time of mixed emotions.

Your partnership during these months ensures that participants receive the material, financial and social/emotional supports to finish the year off well and launch into 2022, ready for anything.

While many of Treehouse’s favorite holiday traditions, such as group volunteer opportunities at the Store, are still out of reach due to the pandemic, there are many ways that you can continue to show up this season for the youth we serve:

  • Back by demand, #TreehouseBingo kicked off on October 20. Earn squares by completing tasks that support Treehouse and the community. There are prizes for the winners, so you’ll want to move quickly! Visit treehouseforkids.org/bingo to learn more and download your card.
  • Join Treehouse on November 30 for #GivingTuesday. For 24 hours, people around the community will come together to celebrate the many ways youth in care are pursuing their goals. Make your impact at treehouseforkids.org/donate!
  • Host a holiday donation drive and get that warm fuzzy feeling by collecting winter clothing or raising money towards a shared goal with friends, coworkers and family. Visit treehouseforkids.org/drives to get started.
  • You can also purchase an item from our wish list at treehouseforkids.org/wishlist. This list is kept up-to-date with the items most requested by youth and their caregivers.
  • Treehouse is working with KD Hall Communications to produce a documentary that explores the experience of youth in foster care in our state. We are excited to screen the film in early 2022 – stay tuned to our email and social media for details!

While we can’t celebrate in all our usual ways, we can still embrace the spirit of the season. The winter months may be dark outside, but they fill our hearts with light.

When we each share our light, we can make the winter months brighter for our whole community.

On behalf of the youth and caregivers we serve, thank you for sharing your light with us.

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About the Author

As Chief Development Officer, Maya Hemachandra leads Treehouse’s work to engage donors, volunteers and funders as partners in creating positive change for youth experiencing foster care. She has served the Pacific Northwest for nearly 20 years, raising millions of dollars to build a more inclusive community through Solid Ground, United Way of Snohomish County, Women’s Funding Alliance and Seattle Goodwill.

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