Welcome to the Seattle Chapter of StandUp For Kids! Re-established in the summer of 2008, the Seattle program has created a core leadership group, implemented a solid training program and continues to recruit and train volunteers. We started our street outreach efforts on Capitol Hill in June 2009. We currently do outreach in the evening in Downtown Seattle on Thursdays 7:00PM-8:30PM. Please join us in our efforts!
Street Outreach - Street Outreach counselors go to the streets to reach out to homeless and at-risk youth.
StandUp For Kids connects with homeless and at-risk youth to let them know that there are people who are concerned about their well-being and are there to help. This critical bonding is the first step towards helping these kids get off the streets and live a better life.
Seattle Chapter posing at the Charity Chowdown
with local super heroes, Phoenix Jones, No Name and Ghost.
The volunteers of StandUp For Kids Seattle pose outside McMenamins at their annual fundraiser, Charity Chowdown 2011.
Looking for ways to give back to the community? Here are some ways to get involved locally and make a difference in the lives of homeless youth. Get involved with StandUp For Kids Seattle today!
We are always looking for outreach counselors! We do street outreach three evenings a week, here is our chapter's schedule:
Thursdays: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Our outreach volunteers sign up for outreach night when they are available during the evenings listed above. We value and respect our volunteers' times and appreciate the effort they put in to each night of outreach. During street outreach, we go out to the streets of Downtown Seattle and hand out outreach supplies to the homeless youth in need.
Some examples of outreach supplies we distribute are: food packs, hygiene packs, clean socks, warm things (blankets, winter items), etc. We also chat with the kids to learn more about how we can help them further. Whether it is directing them to the nearest emergency shelter or giving them information about the resources Seattle offers in terms of transitional housing, we are there for the homeless and at-risk youth.
Social Media Manager
Director of Program Support
Director of Volunteers
Fund Development Staff
Carol Ann Andrufski
For more information, directions, times, or to assist with events please contact us at StandUp.
P.O. Box 19254
Seattle, WA 98109
Written by: Briona Allen, Seattle Volunteer and Outreach Lead
On any given Thursday night in downtown Seattle, our outreach team could encounter homeless youth anywhere from toddler age to mid-20s who are in need of food and basic supplies. We often see the same kids and many of them have come to affectionately refer to us as "The Purple People" because of our purple-hued hats, shirts, and sweatshirts. We usually carry around four bags on our backs full of supplies such as socks, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and pet food, along with a cart full of food packs. Typically, we’re greeted warmly by the kids, and we in turn greet them in the same manner, calling them by name whenever we can.
As our team has been able to over time build trusting relationships, and establish bonds with the youth we see regularly, we’ve become a familiar and welcome sight for many of them. We really enjoy interacting with the kids, especially when they feel comfortable enough to open up and share some of their life’s stories with us. Even if the kids are from out of town and just passing through the Seattle area, we love to strike up a conversation. Sometimes the stories aren’t good, and we’re saddened when we hear about many of the hardships these kids have endured and oftentimes are still enduring, like struggling to find housing, or to keep housing, wearing wet socks for weeks, or going without food all day.
Our outreach team tries to listen to every story and give advice and suggestions on the resources in the area that may be helpful, if wanted. Sometimes the stories are good and very encouraging, like when we hear someone tell us that they’ve gotten housing, or that they have a new job or a job interview, or perhaps they’ve stopped using drugs. Whatever they feel willing to share with us, we actively listen and show interest in their lives by asking questions and following up on conversations from previous weeks. What we’ve found is that sometimes just lending an ear can be really helpful, our team has been told many times by the kids that they appreciate that we’re willing to listen, because most people don’t.
It’s a great feeling to see so much gratitude in their eyes, and the smiles on their faces; it reminds us that we really are helping. They often tell us how much they appreciate something as simple and basic as a clean pair of socks, a granola bar, or a bottle of water on a hot day. Our outreach team has been deemed magic and angelic by some kids when we’re able to pull a particular item out of our bags that is really wanted or needed, or when they see how many hygiene supplies we have that are available to choose from. We can tell that we’re making a big difference in their day, and every Thursday night, we try to spread that magic around to as many homeless youth as we can.