StandUp For Kids - Hampton Roads is building its base of committed leadership volunteers. We are looking for dedicated, self-starters who possess the passion and drive to end the cycle of homelessness for youth in Hampton Roads. If you would like to learn more about using your unique skills and talents to make a real difference in the life of homeless youth, please email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also include a few sentences about what you wish to achieve by working with us. We will contact you with information about our next volunteer orientation.
Quaker Steak & Lube's Coop, Elroy Elk and Peninsula Mustang Enthusiasts raise awareness during the 2014
Mid-Atlantic Ford Round Up at Wynne Ford in Hampton, VA. Thanks to all that participated!
At age 14 Blaise was homeless after dropping out of the ninth grade due to circumstances at home. At age 17 he was addicted to drugs and in jail in Syracuse, NY. After his release last October, his brother brought him to Virginia for a second chance at life.
Blaise had trouble staying clean and ended up back on the streets. A talented singer-songwriter, he made money playing guitar for strangers at the oceanfront of Virginia Beach. Exhausted and weary, a friend brought him to the Crow's Nest, a drop-in center run by the Hampton Roads chapter of StandUp For Kids. Click here to continue reading.
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Virginia Beach Lodge #2268 uses the Elks National Foundation Promise Grant to help youth in need by partnering with StandUp for Kids - Hampton Roads.
On the second Saturday of each month members of the Virginia Beach Lodge provide a hot meal for youth in need. On Valentine's Day members provided an extra special meal prepared by Chef Paul Shoemaker and his lovely wife Bonnie. The meal included pot roast, potatoes, carrots, green beans, rolls and, for dessert, cookies, cupcakes and punch. (Cupcakes provided by Donna's grandaughter Madison!)
Instead of the usual movie we had music provided by the Shoemaker's karoke machine and dance performance by one of the kids!
"StandUp had previously let us know that the kids needed backpacks. Our lodge was able to provide 24 sturdy back packs with water bottle for the kids. Kids present for dinner were very grateful to receive new packs! All of this is possible because of the ENF Community Investment Program Promise Grant!!"
Paul Shoemaker, Southeast District Deputy; Beverly Hamby, VEA State President; Bonnie Shoemaker, Secretary; Teri Linardich, ENF Grant Coordinator; Steve Polk
Also present but not pictured is
Steve Sabin, ENF Chairman
Since 1999 StandUp For Kids has partnered with Seton Youth Shelters to host a drop-in center for kids in need, we call "Crow's Nest." Located at the oceanfront in Virginia Beach, Crow's Nest is open Tues. and Sat. evenings, 7 - 9 p.m. We offer mentoring, help with education and employment, shelter and medical referrals, a warm meal and lots of friendship and unconditional love.
Our volunteers "walk the streets" to assist kids in need. We provide food packages, hygiene products, first aid supplies, survival gear, and a shoulder for them to lean on in times of need. Often a child comes to the center, week after week, for a bite to eat and a bit of social activity. Every week, this young person will begin to open up to a counselor and let us know of his or her distress. Through a simple act of listening we provide the most powerful help.
Together with our volunteers, sponsors and partners we are providing the stability and support critical to the future of these young people