The Issue: Foster Parents Must Fund Extracurricular Activities
Although the state of Washington covers the majority of the costs of basic care for Washingtonian children living in foster homes, foster parents must draw extra expenses from their own incomes to help provide clothing, school supplies, and extracurricular activities. Though extracurricular activities may be prohibitively expensive for many foster families, they can also help keep children connected with the community and their peers.
The Campaign: Extracurricular Activities for Foster Youth
If this Grassroots campaign raises $400, then Treehouse can fund one month of an extracurricular activity for five foster children. Each additional $80 raised will fund a month of activities for another child. The Little Wishes program supports youths in extracurricular activities of their choice, such as sports clubs or school bands, by providing funding to help them pay fees or purchase uniforms.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Treehouse aims to create opportunities to provide foster youth with the traditional experiences of childhood. It was founded when a group of concerned employees of the Department of Social and Health Services started an enrichment fund when they noticed that foster youth lacked resources for extras. Treehouse sponsors six educational and recreational programs including tutoring, educational advocacy, college and career planning, a summer camp, a clothing store, and an activities fund. These resources help foster youth participate in activities with their peers and gain footholds in their communities.