As someone who has worked with youth and their families in the local public school system, I was looking for an organization who focuses upon one of the most noticeable, but least recognized needs in our community, namely "homeless youth". After some personal inquiries, and searches I came upon StandUp For Kids which I think addresses the beginnings of our homeless youth crisis. For my part, I wanted to make sure what I contributed whether monies or goods went to this issue and not bloated administrative costs. With being a volunteer organization, I am very comfortable that what I am doing will have some positive impact, knowing that this is not the beginning or end to the concerns I have for homeless youth.
I first heard of Standup for Kids/Tucson when Kim Sisson addressed our Outreach Ministry at Corpus Christi Catholic Church several years ago. Kim's passion and heart for the young people she helps was evident from moment one. Kim does so much with very limited resources. The need is great in order to reach the most vulnerable kids on the streets. Socks, emergency toiletry and food kits, warm clothing and money to purchase needed items - ways we can help ! I encourage you to support this non-profit in its' efforts to make a difference. You can make a difference in the life of a young person living on the streets, cold, hungry and needing someone to care about them. StandUp for Kids/Tucson cares!
StandUp For Kids. My first introduction to this organization coincided with my first attempt to raise a large amount of money for a cause that is near and dear to my heart – homeless kids. Creatively named by StandUp For Kids as the SOS2009 Tour (Segway Off ‘the’ Streets), it was important that I perform due diligence for my intended beneficiary a little more than typical online research. Two trips to the Atlanta National Headquarters and one to Chicago cemented my commitment to StandUp For Kids. On the trips to the Georgia headquarters, I met staff, some members of the Board of Directors (including a surprise – one of them was a good friend from Minnesota) and of course, many volunteers. Being face to face with leaders and staff was amazing, I have to say. But it was my trip to Chicago that really created a bond. It was here, at a two day training session for new volunteers to the Chicago Program, that I saw with my own eyes, heard with my own ears and felt with my own heart what StandUp For Kids is all about. This nationwide organization is made up of nearly all volunteers. But it’s what I saw and heard from these volunteers-in-training that, to this very day, creates a little mist (or something) in my eyes. Dedication and a burning desire to positively change the lives of homeless kids isn’t something a person can fake. And here, right before me, I was in the middle of a room full of promise. Right before me, there were 15 people of all ages ready to learn about homelessness – ready to take the fight to the streets of Chicago in order to make a difference. And this is why Responsible Referrals has designated StandUp For Kids as our 2013 Charity of the Year. This is why we plan to pour all of our efforts into raising money for this organization. This is why I am so very thankful that in 2009, I made a phone call, did the research and became a life-long advocate for this organization.