$9 Donation to Help Send Youth to Summer Camp

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In a Nutshell

Donations help send 15 at-risk teens to an overnight summer camp, where they can build relationships and confidence

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100% of donations go directly to Cocoon House. Donations are automatically applied. Must provide full name at checkout. See Grassroots FAQs that apply to this campaign. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Issue: Number of Youth Experiencing Homelessness

In 2004, about 30% of the people sheltered by Snohomish County emergency shelters were aged 17 or younger, according to a development plan by the county's Planning and Development Services Department. Furthermore, the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the number of Washington students experiencing homelessness in 2010–2011 had risen nearly 20% from the previous year and more than 50% over a five-year span. Youth who are homeless are at a greater risk for drug dependency, physical and sexual assault, and participation in gangs or crimes of desperation. However, many of these youth are distrustful of adults and authority, which keeps them from seeking assistance.

The Campaign: Overnight Summer Camp for At-Risk Youth

If this Grassroots campaign raises $540, then Cocoon House can send 15 at-risk youth to an overnight summer camp. The camp includes recreational activities such as a rock climbing as well as healthful meals each day. Each additional $9 raised will go toward providing additional activities at the camp. For six consecutive years, this summer activities camp has helped to build trust among teenagers who are homeless, their peers, and the Cocoon House staff. By allowing the teens to be themselves and have fun instead of worrying about where they'll sleep or how they'll eat, the camp presents opportunities for service referral, counseling, and connecting youth with case managers or advocates who can guide them toward self-sufficiency.

Cocoon House

Since 1991, Cocoon House has been providing resources for Snohomish County’s at-risk youth and those experiencing homelessness. The organization has adapted to the community’s need, expanding shelter space by 350% since its inception and now housing more than 230 young people (aged 13–17) each year. Through its street outreach, education, and drop-in resource center, Cocoon House supports more than 1,000 families and community members. It helps to empower youth by providing emergency shelter, long-term transitional housing, case management, advocacy, and homelessness prevention.


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Cocoon House

Since 1991, Cocoon House has been providing resources for Snohomish County’s at-risk youth and those experiencing homelessness. The organization has adapted to the community’s need, expanding shelter space by 350% since its inception and now housing more than 230 young people (aged 13–17) each year. Through its street outreach, education, and drop-in resource center, Cocoon House supports more than 1,000 families and community members. It helps to empower youth by providing emergency shelter, long-term transitional housing, case management, advocacy, and homelessness prevention.

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