WORDS FROM OUR RECIPIENTS
Learn about the non-profits we have given to so far, and what they've been able to do with our collective donation!
the hub youth central
The HUB Youth Central was our first non-profit chosen, and we donated $9,600!
The HUB is thriving in no small part thanks to the support we have received from 100 Women Who Care about Whidbey! During the summer we operated our youth center two days per week. Beginning in September returned to our normal pre-Covid schedule of M-F after school. It has been so wonderful to reunite with our youth and resume all the wonderful activities we love. There is much joy expressed by our kids!
Providing food is our priority. Our cooks serve hot dinners, healthy snacks and treats to our youth. Another priority is easing the strain of mental health problems our youth have withstood during the long year in quarantine. We are here every day helping teens problem solve, access needed services and regain a sense of normalcy. It is wonderful to have them back in school but they also is an additional stressor. We help kids navigate their way through these turbulent times we are living through.
We can’t thank you enough for choosing to help The HUB as your first priority as a philanthropic organization. The work you are doing together is so helpful and needed during the challenges we face during this pandemic. Your help certainly made our work possible. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Program Manager of The HUB
KIDS FIRST - ISLAND COUNTY
The Kids First team is jumping with joy & with gratitude to you, the members of 100 + WOMEN OF WHIDBEY! By virtue of your collective support, we are in process of expanding the 2022 delivery of current programs designed to link children with opportunities that are part of a normal childhood, opportunities that they would likely be unable to access, otherwise. We are also readying to launch new programs early into the New Year (Jan-Feb 2022). Your support will allow Kids First to remain responsive to children’s emerging needs during the 2022 year and beyond.
Current programs include:
Outreach program: a foundational program that aims to respond and meet children’s individual needs and aspirations. This month to date Kids First has been able to meet requests submitted on behalf of #4 children/youth, as follows:
Enrollment in a series Cheer Gymnastics lessons for (2) preschool-age siblings.
WA Husky gear for a teen who attended his very first football game during the 2021 Apple Cup.
Christmas presents tailored to delight an #8YO child who is in-care.
Adventures in Reading: Your support is allowing us to build our selection of books for this program that aims to nurture a love of reading by ensuring children’s year-round access to a variety of activity and reading books.
2022 Initiatives will include:
Care Packs: Aiming to help ease the journey for children/ youth as they newly enter ‘dependency status’
Wheels 4 Kids: Linking Island County children (tots to teens) with a bike they can call their own.
Spring Break Activity Boxes: An assortment of educational & recreational activities to meet children’s interests during Spring Break, especially helpful for children experiencing a change in placement.
Celebrating You: Ensuring that every child receives a special gift on their birthday. It looks like 4th-5th graders (Coupeville SD) will be designing birthday cards to go with each gift.
These 2022 Initiatives are already generating a response from individuals who want to volunteer their time talent and heart for children and youth. Special thanks to members Sonya Simmons and Anne Masters. Sonya has rallied the support of her husband and the Simmons Towing Team who have offered their assistance in assembling and delivering bikes to kids. Anne has offered her multiple talents to support the development of a social media/awareness campaign along with programing designed to promote job/career -readiness for teens.
You embody the awesome power of collective good-will that is inherent within a community that cares. We join in heartfelt gratitude and with wishes for your comfort and joy during this Holiday Season and throughout the New Year!
Patti Carroll for fellow members of the Kids First Board of Directors
Linda Abbot, Joan Johnson, Kathy McLean, Gwendine Norton, and Karen Vojtecky