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Do You Have What It Takes To Lead?

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 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.

Local Contacts

Executive Director
Bobby Sharon
Co-Directors of Outreach
Ted Baroody
Mark Stevens
Directors of Outreach Center Operations
Teri Linardich
Bobby Sharon
Edrie Pfeiffer
Director of Program Support
Debbie Everard
Director of Volunteers
Cathy Sharon

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Help End the Cycle of Youth Homelessness in Hampton Roads!

Young Man Earns GED Thanks to StandUp For Kids

Blaise Burns in graduation robe

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.

Upcoming Events

New Volunteer Orientation

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Thanks Virginia Beach Elk's Lodge #2268!

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

About Us


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.


Contact the chapter to see how you can help

Email us to find out how you can join our all volunteer program helping homeless kids improve their lives