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One More Chance To Give In 2015

Dear Friend,

Just like every flake of snow is unique, so are the homeless youth we serve.

I am reaching out to you today to ask for your support. There is no better time of year than now, the season of giving, to make a difference in our world with a gift that will combat teen homelessness in Worcester.

As teen homelessness rates continue to rise, more youth are at risk to become victims of crime and are more likely to fall prey to gangs, pornographers, and human traffickers. Your previous support of StandUp for Kids, shows you believe in our mission to end homelessness.
Please help us achieve our goals of providing programs and services that will help us reduce teen homelessness. With your generous support we can change the lives of so many kids sleeping on the streets by providing food, coats, blankets, and more.

This season, you can be part of the solution by providing much needed food, services, and security to the most vulnerable youth in our city. We need your help! Your donations count now more than ever and have a directly impact the lives of our homeless and at-risk kids.

Please pay it forward and provide support for the most vulnerable kids in our city who have endured the unimaginable. Help them to overcome and succeed as they move forward on their journey into adulthood.

Thank you for your generous support and I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year.

Yours truly,
Donna Katsoudas
Executive Director
StandUp For Kids - Worcester

P.S. All gifts made by December 31, are tax-deductible for 2015.

Please make checks payable to: StandUp for Kids Worcester and return to P.O. Box 3307, Worcester, MA 01614

SpencerBANK Supports StandUp For Kids!

SpencerBANK recently donated $1,000 to StandUp For Kids - Worcester, the local chapter of a national organization dedicated to stabilizing and rescuing homeless and at-risk youth. The donation will help ensure that a StandUp For Kids drop-in center is established.

StandUp For Kids - Worcester, like the more than 35 other StandUp For Kids chapters in more than 18 states across the U.S., works directly with the homeless youth on the streets, at drop-in centers, in local schools and via the internet. As of yet, the Worcester chapter of StandUp For Kids, which serves all of Worcester county, still lacks a drop-in center.

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SparKreations Expressive Works in Paper

Artist, Lisa Siciliano, specializes in translating time-honored art forms into contemporary expression. She is a paper engineer, incorporating dimensional folds and movement into her creations.

Lisa’s lifelong professional career has been devoted to non-profit human services work, during much of which she was a leading advocate (both appointed and elected) in her state to ensure adequate funding for services for those infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Along the way she has worked as a college professor, and executive directed an international program to fund the education of girls in east African countries.

Remaining true to her professional roots, she is committed to donating a portion of SparKreations’ profits to support the work of non-profit organizations. Lisa launched the SparKreations Non-Profit Partnership Program in 2011. A portion of the profits from sales of her artwork are donated to support the work of non-profit organizations of her choosing. The current recipient is StandUp for Kids - Worcester.

Check out her website at!

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Next Volunteer Orientation
Offered the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7 pm at Wesley United Methodist Church at 114 Main Street, Worcester
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November Vigil for the 13 kids that die every day on the streets across the United States - Date TBD

Help End the Cycle of Youth Homelessness in Worcester!


Big StandUp For Kids Thank You's to:

First Unitarian Church of Worcester donating $1700 from a 50/50 Sunday Plate collection at one of the Christmas masses in 2013. This has been the biggest collection up to this date.

Jericho Roads for providing a coach for the Volunteer Executive Director of the Worcester Program. The coach, Joan Russo, was a big asset to building the Worcester Board of Directors and strategic planning for opening the Outreach Center, also connecting SUFK with the First Unitarian Church's donation and the Artist Lisa Siciliano, who is donating of a portion of her income from her wonderful artwork this year.

Mr. Marty and Helen Wright, Dr. Robert Gise, and the Spencer Savings Bank employees for the donations for the Washer and Dryer. The washer and dryer have been delivered to the Outreach Center. YEAH!!!

Abbie and Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation for the $410.00 donation. Thank you, Abbie and Maribeth for your continued support of our work!!

Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation for the $2,500 for our work during the Holiday season.

All the people who donated and came to the fundraiser at Jillian’s!! That means you: Dennis and Alisha, Megan, Jane, Steven and Judith, Kyle and Matt.

Gayle Kasparian, Linda Gregory, and Holly Morissey for the clothing donations.

Laura from the Ole’ Restaurant for the food and office supplies and hygiene donations.

Mike Eaton and Rita for the food donation.

Abbey Kelly Foster Charter School - food collection and donation.

Robin Caracciolo and the Religious Education Classes of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester for all the wish-list items for the Holiday Meal.

UMass Memorial NICU nurses for the gifts for the youths and the children of the youths

Devra Kotel for the fast food gift card donation.

Paula Beaver, Gayle Kasparian, Clara Wolf, Mary Siminovich and The Four Elements for the clothing donations.

Quinsigmond United Methodist Church for the clothing donation.

Joanna Channell for the Hat donation.

Abbey's House for the new "Life is good" t-shirt donation.

PURE JUZ for the juice donated to the Outreach Center and the April Orientation.

PURE JUZ for the clothing items from a collection at PURE JUZ.

Teen for Jeans donation of 134 pairs of jeans.

Wesley United Methodist Church for use of rooms for meetings for 2015.



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