As a volunteer at StandUp for Kids Phoenix I am proud to have the opportunity to be a mentor, role model, and backbone to many homeless and at risk youth. With an amazing team of volunteers we have been able to produce results and change lives permanently. We teach youth the value of life, make them feel important, and most importantly help them believe in themselves. When our youth are confident they are able to pursue and land jobs leading to getting their feet on the ground and being able to establish a stable homed life. It's not only the bigger ultimate goals that make a difference but the little ones as well. From being able to give a meal to one of our youth who hasn't eaten in two days or giving them a shower and clean clothes to something as simple as a bottle of water or a hug is a small start to big change...letting them know we are there to help is incentive to nurture their growth as youth and as individuals. I couldn't describe a more rewarding experience and getting involved is the key to continued support in our youth, community, and ourselves as individuals.
They provide so much help to homeless children. They have huge hearts full of live. They help kids and change their life.
I have been volunteering with StandUp For Kids - Worcester Program since 2009. I started as a volunteer helping out with a little of everything, before the end of the first year, the ED stepped down and I moved into the Volunteer ED position. I have met many wonderful volunteers and wonderful youths and young adults that we have assisted. I have witness the building of self esteem of 2 homeless young adults that were addicted to heroin and prostituting to support their $600 a day habit. After months of giving food, hugs and providing other survival items, along with a lot of positive reinforcement, they finally did go back into rehab and wanted to improve their lives. We helped a 17 yo get into HS, he earned his diploma and is now applying to go to college for premed. The volunteers really care for the kids and show it. We assist kids on the streets. We provide food for weekends and vacation weeks for anonymously identified kids in one of the local schools. We have a few kids that are financially or emotional struggling in apartments, that we are giving giving emotional support and food support to keep them in the apartments. This has been a very rewarding volunteer experience, being able to give so much to the youths, and working with the generous donors, providing us with materials to give. It has changed my life forever.
As a volunteer in the Marketing and PR team at StandUp For Kids Silicon Valley, I highly appreciate the great team work and the close relationship among all volunteers. Each and everyone of us in his or her own way is deeply devoted to change a kid's life - one at a time. Working with these colleagues really gives me the feeling to be able to make a change!
I have been volunteering with StandUp Orange County CA since August 2006 when I started as an intern. In 2008, I took over as the Executive Director in OC and in 2011 I became the Interim National Executive Director and a board member. This has been such a rewarding experience, and time of personal growth. This expereince has allowed me to use my education in Human Services to counsel clients, create programs, write grants, access community resources and create coalltions. I am proud to be a part of an organization that tirelessly works to help homeless and street kids, while asking for nothing in return. I am proud to be part of an organization has done such great work for so long, on an all volunteer run basis. The dedication of the volunteers across the US is amazing and their love for the kids admirable.
I have been volunteering with StandUp in Seattle since October 2008. I was part of the leadership team that revived the chapter and took over as ED in June 2009. Being a part of a non profit has been a challenging yet rewarding experience. I am proud to be a part of an organization that tirelessly works to help homeless and street kids, while asking for nothing in return. I am amazed that this organization has done such great work for so long, on an ALL VOLUNTEER run basis! It shows the true dedication of the volunteers across the US that have passion for the kids they serve.
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I have been a volunteer with StandUp For Kids in Washington State since 2008 and am currently Co-Executive Director in Olympia. Being part of this organization has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Every single person I’ve worked with has always conducted themselves with dignity and integrity. Our goal is to let homeless kids know we care about them, are there for them and believe in them. We see the pain and fear in their eyes every day and when we see that pain and fear subside, even if only for a few hours while we’re sharing a meal and playing games, or a few minutes when we hand them a sleeping bag, we know we’re doing wonderful work, work that is needed. I am proud of StandUp For Kids, I’m proud of the staff members that keep the program going, I’m proud of the volunteers who give so generously of themselves, and I’m proud of our kids who are braver than most of us will ever need to be.
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Volunteers, please be warned! I worked with StandUp for Kids virtually for a project as a graphic designer. What they intentionally neglected to mention was that the project was being passed around to a group of individuals, so that I and others were unknowingly competing against one another to make a product. This is both an unprofessional and reprehensible practice as it represents an intentional exploitation of labor from people kind enough to volunteer their services. I do not recommend volunteering any service for this organization. Furthermore, the organization's founder has recently been arrested on multiple charges of sexual assault against a child. The article can be found on ABC New's site at the following address: http://abcnews.go.com/US/standup-kids-founder-arrested-child-sex-assault/story?id=17263199#.UGJBdVGTUit
StandUp for Kids is an outstanding organization dedicated to the needs of homeless and at-risk youth. As the Co-Executive Director of the San Antonio Chapter, I have a very dedicated team of volunteers who in addition to doing street outreach, help homeless youth with education and job assistance, residential, medical, legal and counseling referrals and assistance to get back home. It's my honor to contribute to the success of the mission of this organization.
Working with StandUp For Kids has given me the opportunity to step into a world that I fortunately never have had to live in but unfortunately I, like most others, also never took the time to understand. Learning what so many of our children have to endure, that they are so utterly alone, forgotten and disrespected is more than enough, actually too much inspiration to keep me involved with StandUp. Working with StandUp For Kids I have learned about the entire homeless community. I have learned how immensely important it is just to acknowledge those who you encounter in your day to day life. I have learned to be smart, stay safe but not to judge someone simply by how they look, smell or how "scary" they appear. The most important thing I have learned is that by just smiling at someone and saying hello I have the power to make a huge positive impact on a strangers life. The hardest thing that I have come to realize while working with StandUp For Kids is that while we strive to do everything that we can to help rehabilitate a damaged kids life, the many small advances that we make very possibly will never "fix" the destruction that has previously occurred. I have to focus on what I as an individual working for the StandUp For Kids program can do to help within my means. I can only do my part and educate and advocate to as many others as I can in hopes that they will step up to be part of the solution as well. One of the most important aspects of StandUp For Kids is that it is an all-volunteer program. It is the sacrifice and dedication of everyday people all across the country that care enough to make a difference in the lives of kids whose parents, family, government and all other sources of love and support have abandoned them. Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers - past, present, ongoing and periodic who care enough to make a difference.