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StandUp For Kids - Olympia is an outreach program to help locate and assist homeless and at-risk kids on the street in our city. This is what we do and we do it every day.

Statistics show that either the vast majority of the youth we serve have been ejected from their homes or left with their parents' or guardians' full knowledge, and most are running from horrifying situations that most of us cannot even begin to comprehend. Once on the streets, they are consistently exposed to the harshest scenarios imaginable: prostitution, theft, physical violence, drug abuse, incarceration, depression, exposure to the elements, hunger and widespread disease are daily realities for these kids. Unfortunately, for them this represents their best, or only, option.

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Van donation needed

StandUp For Kids - Olympia is looking for a van donation to help with our outreach efforts. If you or someone you know has a van to be donated, please contact our Executive Director, Donna Burkett, at Thank you!


Local Program Mission

The mission of the StandUp For Kids - Olympia is to stabilize youth who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, establish trust, and act as a resource linking youth with community services. We advocate for youth and assist them in building opportunities for a better tomorrow. StandUp For Kids provides community support services to youths up to the age of 24. StandUp For Kids provides important services in order to improve the general quality of life for youth. It helps youth meet their survival needs and offers a social support network. The program seeks to provide youth with access to a preventative safety net of medical care, meals, housing, and a safe place from street life.

Olympia's Local Programs

Street Outreach - StandUp For Kids provides Street Outreach two times a week. During Outreach our volunteers offer mentorship to youth and young living on the streets. Youth downtown report to sleeping in alleys, crates, boxes, roof tops, abandoned warehouses & camping in nearby forests and rural locations.

At this time, we are providing hygiene packs, snacks, bottles of water, sports drinks, winter and other needed attire, In addition, all Outreach Volunteers are trained to assist with referrals, crisis situations and person centered planning.

Following Outreach, we schedule times throughout the week to meet with youth interested in working on employment, education and other personal goals.

We are always recruiting Outreach Volunteers and donors for this program, yet we ask a 6 month commitment for ensure stability for our youth.

A special thank you to Harbor Wholesale Grocery Inc. for weekly donations for our Outreach Program!


Our Local Wish List:

  • Bandanas
  • Gloves
  • Hand and Toe Warmers
  • McDonalds and Jack in the Box Gift Cards
  • Non-perishable Protein Sources
  • New Socks
  • New & Gently Used Sleeping Bags
  • New & Gently Used Walking Shoes
  • Funders and Foundations
    to provide financial support
  • Van

Upcoming Events

Volunteers needed in many capacities!

We are an all-volunteer program, so we need volunteers to fill every role! Whether you have a few hours a month, a few hours a week or a few hours a day we are confident that we can put your skills to good use. We are looking for “hands on” Outreach Counselors, Administrative and Leadership Support and Leadership Candidates. Please email us at if you are interested in volunteering.

New volunteer orientation and training

If you've been waiting for the perfect time to learn more about volunteering with StandUp For Kids, wait no longer. We will be holding a new volunteer orientation this Saturday, followed by training for those who want to be outreach counselors. You will receive background check and other required paperwork during the class.

New training sessions to be announced soon.

Help End the Cycle of Youth Homelessness in Olympia!


Local Contacts

Executive Director
Donna Burkett
Director of Program Support
Marquesa Allen-Bryant
Director of Outreach
Irene Misiewicz
Director of Public Affairs
Alex Misiewicz
Director of Community Resource Development
Director of Fund Development


Interested in becoming a volunteer?

Volunteer Needs:

  • Street Outreach Counselors
  • Director of Marketing
  • Grant Writer
  • Director of Kid Development

(Note: these are all volunteer positions)

Please complete our volunteer application and email to

All volunteers are required to complete a New Volunteer Orientation & complete a FBI Background Check

For more information email:



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