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Wow Students (Wood River Foundation Inc.)

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Philanthropy, Public Foundations

Mission: Wow-Students connects Blaine County nonprofits, teachers, and students to create unique generosity experiences for all K-12 classrooms. When individuals recognize that their generosity makes a difference, a stronger, more vibrant community will emerge.

Results: Our Organization has: • partnered with 42 nonprofits serving Blaine County. • engaged over 50% of Blaine County’s 4,000 students in generosity experiences each year. • engaged over 8,100 students in generosity experiences to date. • worked with students and teachers in all 12 public and private schools in the County. Our Students have: TIME – invested over 30,000 hours in community service. TALENT – participated in 243 generosity projects sponsored by our nonprofits. TREASURE – directed over $210,000 in gifts to our local nonprofits. VOICE – provided a unique perspective to further each nonprofit’s mission. Make an INVESTMENT in WOW-STUDENTS by clicking here!

Target demographics: create generosity experiences for all 4,000 students in the Wood River Valley.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2, 200 Kindergarten through 12th grade students and 42 nonprofits

Geographic areas served: Blaine County, Idaho

Programs: We partner with over 40 nonprofits to create generosity experiences for all classrooms in the Wood River Valley. These projects must impact the quality of life in Blaine County and have a demonstrable outcome during the school year. Last year the nonprofits presented over 50 projects to the students. As a result, students participated in over 8,000 hours of community service and were able to contribute $52,000 to support nonprofit’s throughout the valley. Wow-students’ projects were included in the classrooms of the Blaine County School District, Syringa Mountain School, Community School, Pioneer Montessori School, and Sage School.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are in our fifth year of working with Wow-Students, and we are so pleased to be able to continue this partnership year after year. The connections that our students forge with the nonprofit organizations of the Wood River Valley are invaluable, and our children love to see the impact that their work and "donations" can have on others. We would not be able to continue these projects without the generosity and organization of Wow-Students. They are the link that connects all of us on this journey.

Shawn38

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Over the past few years my students have learned about several different non profits in our community by collaborating with them in the project based learning opportunities. Thanks to the generosity of the donors, we are able to make a difference in the community.

Advisor

Rating: 5

This has been a great experience for the students I teach. They have learned about generosity and community service!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful and well organized organization that supports the entire community and gets the entire community (little ones to older ones) involved.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Through wow projects, I've been able to help restore river banks in Elkhorn and Hailey with the Wood River Land Trust. The projects have been a great way to connect with the outdoors and help care for our river banks. I also like that I have been able to literally see my class's work grow over the years. I have a picture of me next to a shrub I planted in 3rd grade and now it's so much bigger.

Eric101

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen my daughters build empathy and compassion through their wow-students projects every year at school. Wow projects have become such a natural part of their vocabulary that my younger daughter initiated her own "wow" project in conjunction with her school project-- in her mind, ANY act of community service for and with our non-profits is a wow project! The Wood River Foundation is providing opportunities for all of our local children to be active philanthropists in our community. How empowering!

Donor

Rating: 5

Wood River Foundation and wow-students is actively engaging the youth of the Wood River Valley to learn about, participate and share generosity within the community. What a wonderful concept and being able to participate in these shared programs will no doubt put a smile on your face and empathy in your heart knowing that these kids are embracing this concept at such a young age. Wow-students is providing a critical connection between nonprofits and the community base to work together towards a common generosity goal. Bravo!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wow-Students has given thousands of students an opportunity to be generous and experience the joy of generosity in our community. We are lucky to have this organization, its nonprofit partners and numerous teachers working on behalf of the students in Blaine County.

Eleanor J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Last spring, the Wood River Foundation's Wow-Students program worked with the Wood River High School senior class to organize a community action day. Seniors partnered with a number of different nonprofits to give back to the community that helped raise them. We could not have organized this day without Wow-Students. Wow's connection to the local non-profits and its knowledge of their needs, helped 150 students find joy and pride giving back to our community. This is what Wow does. They help all students feel the joy and appreciate the importance of giving back to our community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In a society where most children are raised to be entitled, WOW Students is doing the hard work of teaching them how to give! If we want our children to be giving adults we must take the time to show them how while they are young. WOW Students has had a profound impact on the kids that have participated in community projects and I am hopeful that other communities will want to do the same.

2 Lindee W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My collaboration with WOW Students was one of the most memorable experiences for me AND my students. They are champions and cheerleaders for our community and youth. Because of WOWs hard work it is easy to get students involved in making a difference.

Whitney17

Donor

Rating: 5

Wow Students gives every student an opportunity to experience generosity. What an incredible value to learn at a young age. At a time when our country is more divided then ever it is crucial that we continue to instill the value of giving our time, our money (whenever we can) and our open hearts to the people who need it most in our community. We all have the power to help someone's life, regardless of age or financial status. This program is a gift to our community and our young people.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Wow-Students' commitment to youth and generosity in Blaine County is unparalleled. This organization is dedicated to ensuring that all of our community's youth have a voice and an opportunity to make an impact. They are easy and flexible to collaborate with and are doing great work!