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StandUp For Kids
November 18, 2012

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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