I was introduced to SUFK as a Public Relations Chair for a car club that hosts car shows to raise money for different charities each year. The event raised a large donation for StandUp For Kids Hampton Roads in Virginia. I was approached by the chapters leadership to utilize my connections as PR chair and join as their Director of Community Resource Development. I soon became involved at the ground level as provider of a meal once a month at our outreach center. My wife and I soon found ourselves as Leaders on the Outreach Center 2 nights a month. I am now the Executive Director working along side a core group of volunteers. All the volunteers wear many hats serving the needs of homeless and at risk youth in our community. Hampton Roads Chapter was the second or third chapter to be established. We would love to have you join our team if you are passionate about saving kids that others have looked past.
As a former kid and current volunteer, StandUp For Kids has changed my life in the best way possible. The love and care is real and you can feel it. Without StandUp I wouldn't have my job at Macy's, my drivers license or even my birth certificate. They helped me in more ways than just material goods, they give constant moral support and assure you that you can always count on them. If you do what the volunteers suggest, your life will be changed for the better. They are an all around amazing organization and I would send any kid to them that is need of help and a best friend to be there for them. I love everything about StandUp & wouldn't change a thing.
We love helping the youth of our city and we love that they love us helping them. I am inspired and energized by the people that continue to want to help the kids of our city and our organization. The passion that people bring to this is extraordinary and the support we get from our national office is wonderful. It's an excellent organization that does great things to help young people in need! Reid
I have been a volunteer in StandUp For Kids for 15 years and have always had the support, advise and encouragement from our National office of SUFK that I needed. It was eye-opening at first to discover the awful need out there, mostly invisible unless someone tells you about it. When I read of what is being accomplished around our country to help homeless/at-risk youth I am proud to be part of the solution.
I first found StandUp For Kids-San Antonio two years ago while looking for a charity to make a corporate donation to. My office arranged to do a hygein drive for them along with giving a monetary donation. When Janet Grigsby, Executive Director, came by to pick up the items and the check, we had a chance to spend some time talking about the organization. I was so impressed with her and their mission I immediately asked "How do I join?" In just a short period, I went from volunteer to Director of Apartment Support and when Janet stepped down as Executive Director in September, I became Co-Executive Director along with my daughter Madison. The determination and heart of everyone in our group is amazing. Everyday of every week throughout the year they are doing something to strive to accomplish our mission to help homeless and at-risk-youth on the streets of San Antonio, TX. I am proud to be affiliated with StandUp For Kids and to call everyone of the volunteers I serve with Friend.
As the volunteer Executive Director in Washington, DC, I have met a lot of people who inspired me. The youth we work with have such a passion for life that even adverse circumstances cannot deter -- whether it's the young man who kept himself sane on the streets by creating documentaries of his experience, the young lady who sleeps in a shelter at night but does modern dance during the day, or the transgender young lady who always has a smile on her face despite the constant harassment she faces on the street, they all prove that young people on the streets are so much more than the label "homeless." I have also met dozens of community members who inspire me every day -- our organization is run entirely by a team of people who are dedicated, professional, and enthusiastic about our work despite coming to it after 12-hour workdays and on their weekends. I feel truly lucky to be a part of such an organization.
I have been with the Cleveland Chapter for about 5 years as the Director of Outreach. My most memorable experience happened the summer of 2011. We received a call from 2 homeless youth passing through Cleveland. They were in need of food and clothing. I arranged to meet them at a safe location and brought them the needed items. It was the day before Father's Day so I asked them if they wanted to call their dads with a Father's day wish. They did and I gave them our cell phone to call home. They were very appreciative of the food, clothing and calls. After the calls they felt very comfortable around me and began to talk about their lives. They told me that the first thing they did when they came into a town that had a StandUp or Kids Chapter was to call for assistance and were never turned down. We stand ready to help any homeless youth in need without passing judgement on their lifestyle or living conditions. When kids tell you they trust StandUp For Kids, you know you must be doing things right. I am proud to be a part of this organization.
I have been the volunteer Executive Director of the Chicago program for 3 1/2 years. In June of 2009 three of us began street outreach one evening each week. Today we have 35 volunteers, ranging from high school seniors to grandparents. We recently opened our own center for drop-in hours three evenings each week, yet we continue our street outreach efforts two evenings each week as well. In our center we offer a safe and warm environment where homeless youth can have a hot meal, watch a movie, play cards, sleep or just chill. We also provide apparel basics (socks, underwear, t-shirts, mittens, hats and sweatshirts) to those who need them. After a successful drive through which we received over 500 coats, we now can make sure that all our kids will have a warm coat for the winter. In spite of our growth, we continue to need additional volunteers and contributions of food and clothing. Please contact us us if you can help. Thanks so much
I have been the Executive Director of StandUp For Kids Houston for almost two years. It has been such a rewarding time for me. The kids we help are great and so thankful for everything. SUFK is such a great organization. We always hear from "our" kids how much they appreciate the help and support. It is a great feeling when you help others. To me its the most important job we have in life.
I have been part of the Silicon Valley chapter for almost a year, and I can honestly say that this organization is extremely dedicated and passionate about helping at risk youth – one kid at a time. The mentors build deep and meaningful relationships with their children while the support staff works hard to provide organizational structure, funds development, and awareness. StandUp For Kids continues standing up for their kids.