I retired 12 years ago and found Standup For Kids on a volunteer website. Within a few months I was on the Board of Directors. Like most people, I had no idea of the depth and breadth of the homeless children problem. Without judgement or conditions, we go to the streets with a simple goal: show these kids that there is someone in the world that cares about you...me. Sure, we bring them food. And warm clothing, but if we can gain their trust, we have a chance to get them off the street. Standup gives love and support to these kids, all across the country, when no one else will.
As a Co-Ed and volunteer for Stand Up for Kids in Tampa, FL, I have found an organization that offers much needed resources and support to a demographic that is virtually unrecognized in FL. Stand Up is an invaluable resource for displaced and homeless youths and without these services these kids would be virtually overlooked.
StandUp For Kids is real. It's about helping homeless kids and at risk street youth, and building relationships with kids who have no one else, or have been let down. The volunteers are caring, dedicated and passionate. I am proud to be apart of such a motivated organization that makes its dream a reality by helping one kid at a time and never giving up. When I joined StandUp For Kids this year, I never thought I would get so much out of it. I have met great people, learned new things about this growing problem and ways to address it, as well as a desire to continue helping as much as I can. I had the opportunity to meet Rick Koca at a training, and he truly inspired me to take action. As he says "I didn't have the right to be mad about this problem, if i'm not going to do anything about it". He is exactly right. Those are words to live by.