Spirit of 12: Treehouse Volunteers Raise Money, Awareness

By Spencer Sheridan, Treehouse Event Coordinator

It’s gameday at Century Link stadium. The air is electric with pre-game excitement as groups of energetic Treehouse volunteers clad in bright neon green jerseys comb the rowdy crowd selling gameday programs.

“Programs! Get your programs here,” echos through one of the loudest stadiums in the National Football League.

As a Spirit of 12 partner, Treehouse relies on its strong community of passionate volunteers to come together for two games during the regular season to distribute gameday programs. The Seahawks donate all of the proceeds from the programs to Treehouse, with the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation matching everything raised.

“I had a blast handing out gameday programs,” said Sam, a Treehouse volunteer. “I almost lost my voice yelling, but what a fun way to engage other 12s in a great cause.”

Treehouse’s amazing volunteers make all of this possible. Their commitment to our mission, ambitious energy and spirited voices show that our community will do everything possible so youth who experience foster care can thrive.

“I love being able to spread the word about Treehouse and raise money for youth in foster care,” said Karl, another Treehouse volunteer. “Plus, I get to cheer on my team and support Treehouse at the same time. Go Hawks!”

Treehouse, the Seahawks and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation have partnered together for 15 years. Since 2004, when the Seahawks first selected Treehouse to participate in Spirit of 12, nearly $500,000 has been donated. In 2019, 240 volunteers donated over 1,000 hours of time to distribute programs at two games and raised more than $56,000.

Treehouse will be at the Seahawks game on December 29 during pregame ceremonies to accept a check for the proceeds, including the match from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to partner with Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the Seahawks, the Spirit of 12 program and our incredible volunteers to raise awareness and funds for youth experiencing foster care.

For more information about volunteering with Treehouse, visit treehouseforkids.org/volunteer.

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About the Author

Spencer Sheridan is the Event Coordinator for Treehouse. He is passionate about engaging community partners to support youth in foster care. Contact Spencer at [email protected] if you are interested in hosting an event to benefit Treehouse.

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