Blog - Kitsap County
StandUp for Kids Commits to "48 Hours on the Streets" Campaign to Help Homeless Youth
April 14 2022
Volunteers across the U.S. to meet homeless youth where they are, while raising awareness of the dangers typically faced in the first two days without shelter Atlanta, GA--(PRNewswire)--StandUp for Kids, a national non-profit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of youth homelessness, announced that its "48 Hours on the Streets" public service campaign - an annual event since its founding 31 years ago - will take place from April 22-24. StandUp for Kids hopes this call to action will elevate awareness of youth homelessness and the dangers typically faced in the first two days without shelter, which often include being approached by drug dealers and being lured into ...Read More
Thank Yous From Kitsap County
January 5 2021
StandUp for Kids - Kitsap County Kitsap Bank, we celebrate you on your fourth year in serving our community through our chapter. We have no words for the gratitude we felt picking up your donation of food bags. Collecting 200 hundred food bags was amazing, especially during these Covid times. The contents of these bags equals to 600 meals(breakfast, lunch and dinner), along with 200 snacks. In addition to the food bags, we received $427.00 in cash donations. We’ve had so many calls from teachers and counselors requesting food bags for our youth. We are elated to assist these youth anytime and because of all of you, we are ready. May you and your staff stay healthy and continue to ...Read More
Thank You Federal Managers Association Chapter 14
December 10 2020
StandUp for Kids - Kitsap County What a wonderful event we had on Tuesday, sponsored by Federal Managers Association Chapter 14. These folks are amazing at giving back to their communities for the last several years. They held a food drive for us on both Saturday and Tuesday. Saturday's pickup of food was two car loads. Tuesday was another two car loads, along with a check for $500.00 and cash which was donated during the drive through.Even with the threat of COVID-19, James (President), Jennifer F. (Secretary) and their board and members made it happen . We are so grateful to all the chapter members for their continuous support.Read More
Thank you to Firefighters Crossing Borders!
November 24 2020
StandUp for Kids - Kitsap County Today we received an enormous gift from Firefighters Crossing Borders, a non-profit who wanted to share their surplus of gear. Joel Schwarz is a firefighter from Gig Harbor and is the Executive Director for this non-profit. This donation consisted of fire retardant sweatshirts and long sleeve wick shirts with a total count of 130 items.North Gear, located in Seattle, is the manufacturer of these items. We are so grateful to have been the beneficiary of this fantastic gift. These sweatshirts will definitely keep our youth warm. The total value of this donation was an eye popping $3,519. Thank you for choosing StandUp ...Read More
StandUp and Move Finishes as a Major Success
November 4 2020
StandUp and Move, a national virtual event that took place from October 8 through 12, 2020, attracted 275 participants, 340 donors, and 8 sponsors. After shattering our first goal of $50,000 before the event kicked off, we ended 19% over with proceeds totaling $59,605! As the first event of its kind to end the cycle of youth homelessness, all participants got to choose a time, distance, and location to move. And did they ever: They ran, walked, biked, wheeled, skated,danced, and they cheered others on. Today, thanks to this community of friends, StandUp for Kids is able to face the critical issue of youth homelessness a little bit ...Read More
Thank You Fred Meyer!
September 24 2020
StandUp for Kids - Kitsap County Another wonderful food pack out thanks to our local Fred Meyer in Bremerton. We are grateful to Christine, the store manager, and Michelle, her assistant, for gathering food items we use for our youth meal bags. The way this goes is that we pack four different items we use in a grocery bag, then their customers purchase these bags and we pick them up once this process is completed. Our volunteers and their team made up 500 bags. Outstanding! This is our 3rd year this has taken place. We are always elated we were selected as one of their beneficiaries. Thank you!Read More
Art 4 A Cause
September 23 2020
StandUp for Kids - Kitsap County Amy Burnett, a local artist in here in Kitsap County, decided to assist four non-profits. Our chapter was chosen to be one of the lucky recipients of her art. We hosted a drive through so art enthusiasts could donate cash and receive a copy of Amy's art in print with her signature on it. We brought in $338.00 dollars. Thank you to our amazing volunteers Jennifer F., Monica Phillips from Nexa Mortgage, and several youth volunteers from our communities. We'd also like to graciously thank Amy for picking us as one of her choices.Read More
Join Our Virtual Run/Walk/Bike Event
September 12 2020
The work we do to help homeless youth across the country get back on their feet would not be possible without amazing volunteers and supporters like you. It’s because of your dedication that we have a 30-year history as a nationally-recognized organization fighting to end youth homelessness. To show our thanks, we’ve created a virtual run/walk/bike event that will unite us all together in a safe, healthy way for an important cause. Register or donate today to our first ever virtual nationwide event, StandUp and MOVE, taking place across the country October 8 through 12, 2020. Register to MOVE! This virtual event is like no other. You will ...Read More
Thank You Paula From State Farm!
August 18 2020
StandUp for Kids - Kitsap County For the first time ever, someone in our community has decided to sponsor StandUp for Kids for a whole year, and we want to thank Paula Weissinger from State Farm Agency for doing just that. Paula will be sponsoring us along with five other non-profits in Kitsap County. We are so honored to have been chosen. You can deposit old pocket change, piggy bank coins, or a jar of change into the coin kiosk that you see above located in the center court of the Kitsap Mall and six Kitsap charities will benefit from your generosity. Making a difference, one coin at a time. Paula and her team have over 35 years of knowledge with State Farm. If you're in need ...Read More
Back To School 2020
August 13 2020
StandUp for Kids - Kitsap County What a fantastic day! Today we hosted a clothing event for our local youth! It was a big success. A shout out to local businesses for their support. Brandman University, Inspirus Credit Union, Jeff Reed State Farm, Fairway Mortgage, & Navy Federal Credit Union. Thank you to all who donated their time in making this day possible. Including our Executive Director Margaret Rodriguez, Micheal E., Kristine G., Mary H., Carlin B., Lisa F., Senea, Isabella, Ruslyn C. from Keller Williams, Jennifer P. from Brandman University, Ulysses G. & Deb J. To learn more about us: www.standupforkids.org/KitsapCountyRead More
Thank You Macy's!
August 7 2020
StandUp for Kids - Kitsap County A BIG shout out to Macy's Furniture in Silverdale. Through our toughest times, this team at Macy's Furniture said they wanted to help our youth in our communities. We are so fortunate to have such a caring group of community leaders. A special thank you to Dorothy T. for being the coordinator and Tammy W.W., sales Manager, for being such gracious host. They collected enough food to fill over 100 ziplock gallon bags. These bags hold breakfast, lunch, dinner & a snack for one of our youth. To learn more about what Macy's Furniture has for your next furniture purchases, check out their website at https://l.macys.com/silverdale-waRead More
Thank You Flourish Arbonne Foundation!
August 3 2020
StandUp for Kids - Kitsap County HURRAY!!!!!! Flourish Arbonne Foundation has provided us with a fantastic grant of products to our homeless and at-risk youth. The total amount of products donated were over $27K,. In additional they also gave us a monetary donation. Their commitment in aiding our youth speaks volumes. A special shout out to their staff for their fabulous assistance during the grant process, Kaeli Carrera, Senior Manager & Julia Smart, Development Specialist. To learn more about their products go to: https://www.arbonne.com/Read More
Thank You EHL Insurance!
July 17 2020
StandUp for Kids - Kitsap CountyA special shout out to EHL Insurance in Poulsbo for selecting our chapter as charity of the month. We have received $70.00 to help us feed our youth in our communities. We are so grateful.Read More
A Kitsap Thank You
March 18 2020
StandUp for Kids - Kitsap County A special shout out to Dana Post, owner of Life Changing Real Estate. Dana’s brokerage house is Keller Williams. She recent sold a home for one our board members and donated $1,000.00 to StandUp for Kids. We are over the moon for her generosity.Read More
Kia Calls For Nationwide Blitz Against Youth Homelessness In Super Bowl Campaign
January 29 2020
News provided by Kia Motors America Kia Teams with Standout Rookie Running Back Josh Jacobs in 60-Second Spot Focused on Overcoming Adversity and Achieving the Impossible Dream Jacobs - who experienced homelessness growing up - gives his "younger self" valuable encouragement and advice For every yard gained during the big game, Kia's "Yards Against Homelessness" initiative will donate $1,000 to three charity partners dedicated to ending the issue of youth homelessness IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- What would you tell a younger you trying to make your way through the world? For Josh Jacobs, who rose from homelessness in middle school to football stardom, it is an inspiring ...Read More
Kia Chooses StandUp for Kids for Big Game Campaign
January 27 2020
Kia Motors America has announced that their Big Game commercial this Sunday will address youth homelessness. What's more, the company has decided to give a major donation to StandUp for Kids and two other organizations caring for homeless youth in America! According to Kia, "This year, with more than 4.2 million young people experiencing homelessness in the U.S., the car company known to 'Give It Everything' will use its big game advertising platform to give back in a meaningful way. For every yard gained during the game, Kia will donate $1,000 to three charity partners dedicated to ending the issue of youth homelessness and transforming the lives of young people in ...Read More
Kitsap Shout Outs!
January 16 2020
StandUp for Kids - Kitsap County Thank you to all of our amazing recent supporters below. With your help, we can help break the cycle of youth homelessness in Kitsap County! West Sound Human Resource Management Association recently invited Margaret Rodriguez, Executive Director for StandUp for Kids - Kitsap County, to a luncheon and presented her with a check to provide 576 meals for our homeless and at-risk youth. We can't thank you all enough for this grant. A "GIANT" shout out to Fred Meyer - Bremerton (Kroger family) who has granted our Chapter with funding to provide our youth with pre-packed meals for the next few months. These funds will cover over 2,951 meals with snacks. Being ...Read More
Thank You To Our Most Recent Supporters!
January 7 2020
StandUp for Kids - Kitsap County Kitsap Bank - Silverdale Branch What a fantastic job done by the wonderful employees at Kitsap Bank Silverdale branch along with their customers. They packaged 343 meal bags, each containing breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack. A total of 1,029 meals plus 343 snacks. They also awarded us a check in the amount of $176.53. They have tripled their volume from last year. What a wonderful way they have given back to their communities by helping our homeless and at risk youth. No Name Riders Motorcycle Club from Seattle has provided food supplies for our meal bags. They came in trucks to our storage units filling them up. What a ...Read More
Thank You Childtime Learning Center!
December 13 2019
StandUp for Kids - Kitsap County 1196 NW Tahoe Ln, Silverdale, WA 98383A giant thank you to Julie at Childtime Learning Center in Silverdale for teaching their Pre-K class how to give. "Picking up donations from our communities always leaves me speechless." - Rita Nicholson, StandUp for Kids - Kitsap CountyRead More
A Big Shout Out
December 6 2019
StandUp for Kids - Kitsap County Thank you to the local union UFCW21 Community Action Movement Builders for doing a pack out on November 20th to benefit StandUp for Kids - Kitsap County. Present to do the 100 bag pack out were: Ona Burkett,Tricia Nicks, Sonja Hammes, Ryan Degouveia, Cassie Wolle, (Kristen Beifus-not in photo)Read More
A Special Thanksgiving!
December 2 2019
StandUp for Kids - Kitsap County Express Employment Professionals made an amazing presentation to our Executive Director, Margaret Rodriguez, on behalf of StandUp for Kids - Kitsap County. Kristal Thomas was able to communicate with her corporate office and secured a $3,500.00 donation. She's is truly a gem in our communities and is helping our youth secure a brighter future. Our Executive Director (left) with Kristal Thomas of Express Employment ProfessionalsRead More
See you in San Antonio
September 22 2019
Starting Friday September 27, the entire StandUp for Kids family -- from outreach volunteers, local leaders, and executive directors, to donors, national board, and staff -- will convene in San Antonio, Texas for mark our 29th year, and partake in one very special National Conference. The theme of this year's conference is "Remember the Mission," evoking the neaerby Alamo Mission's cry. We thought it would be fitting to tie in local roots with our own mission of "ending the cycle of youth homelessness." For the young people we serve, their own plea for independence rings ever so loudly in our ears and mobilizes us to take action. Together at this national conference, we have the ability ...Read More
Thank You To All Who Donated!
August 23 2019
StandUp for Kids - Kitsap CountyThe final numbers for the 2019 Kitsap Great Give are in and we received a total of $5,148.50! Thank you to all of our donors who have made it possible to continue being able to help our homeless and at-risk youth here in Kitsap County. You are all amazing!Read More
StandUp for Kids Has a New Look
July 24 2019
After nearly thirty years of serving youth in need, we are thrilled to announce that the StandUp for Kids brand had a makeover! Youth-Centered Our new logo captures the awesome potential of young lives when they know care, feel loved, and have the support they need to move quickly from surviving to thriving. Youth are the heart of our organization, so it was important to convey that. The logo is youth-centered, energetic, and a clever evolution of our former look. Proud to be the Purple People Purple often represents wisdom or creativity. To the youth we serve, it represents safety, care, and support. Our kids often call volunteers the Purple People. Youth know they can trust them to get ...Read More
Thank You Local 282!
June 11 2019
StandUp for Kids - Kitsap County What a surprise from Local 282! This local union, located in Bremerton, has been operating since 1901. Lisa Anderson is the first female President to represent this honorable union. Lisa presented a check of $750.00 to Margaret Rodriguez, our Executive Director. Thank you to all of their members for choosing StandUp for Kids - Kitsap County.Read More
Thank You Fred Meyer Shoppers!
May 28 2019
StandUp for Kids - Kitsap County Thank you to all the customers from Fred Meyer Bremerton that have chosen StandUp for Kids as their charity of choice in the Fred Meyer Rewards Program. We collected $103.50 this quarter! If you are a member of the Rewards Program, please make sure you select us as your charity of choice. It costs you nothing and helps us in our goal to end the cycle of youth homelessness in Kitsap County.Read More
Thank You Bremerton Ladies Elks Club!
May 24 2019
StandUp for Kids - Kitsap County Thank you once again to the fabulous members from the Bremerton Ladies Elks Club for their generous donation of $1,000.00 dollars. In addition, they hosted a food and hygiene products drive based on our wishlist. Our youth can't thank you all enough!Read More
Thank You Hops N' Drops!
February 13 2019
StandUp for Kids - Kitsap County A special "Thank You", to Hops N Drops for a fantastic fundraiser for the second year in a row! Jolynn's efforts offering their customer to partake in a basket raffle was stellar idea.Read More
January 8 2019
This post was authored by the StandUp For Kids - Kitsap County program. Bremerton Elks Lodge BPOE 1181 Ladies of Elks, a special shout out for your fabulous work during your bingo games in collecting donations for StandUp For Kids - Kitsap County Chapter. We are so grateful for all your efforts. Donation totaled $582.16 Thank You ALL! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A cold weather drive orchestrated by Sakai Middle School from Bainbridge Island was spectacular. They collected so much that our Executive Director, Margaret Rodriguez, had to use our local storage unit’s truck to pick their donations. Feeling blessed. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We have no ...Read More
Thank You Federal Managers Association Chapter 14
December 28 2018
StandUp For Kids - Kitsap County were graciously invited to be a guest of the Federal Managers Association Chapter 14 at Puget Sound Naval Base in Bremerton WA. Wow, what a warm welcome by all. James Capps FMA, President of this chapter, introduces Margaret Rodriguez, Executive Director for StandUp For Kids - Kitsap County and presents her with a check for $500.00. Donations of food items, clothing and backpacks were brought in by their members as well. An additional $251 in cash were donated during this beautiful Christmas party. Thank you to all the members who made this night a very memorable one.Read More
A Special Kitsap County Thank You
September 26 2018
A special thank you to Katrina and her team from Kitsap Tennis And Athletic Center for doing a fantastic job on their food drive. They collected enough food to pack up over 60 bags, which contain over 180 meals, along with 60 snacks. We can't thank you enough for your generosity. We are eternally grateful!Read More
A Kitsap County Thank You
July 31 2018
A special thank you to Kristal Baker, Owner & CEO of Express Employment Professionals for hosting the most amazing food drive. She was able to recruit over 17 businesses in Kitsap County to join her "Brand It Blue Day", campaign. They were able to filled over 200 food bags for our youths. A big shout out to the Express Employment Professionals team who did a fantastic job. Local Businesses which collected food for StandUp For Kids through "Brand It Blue Day", are as follows: AAA Bankers Life Manette Clinic Raineer Tim Ryan Construction Wartsila Dr. Richie Ashley Furniture Blue Sky Printing Cont. Floral Silverdale Chamber of ...Read More
Thanks from Kitsap County
June 26 2018
The Fred Meyer Reward Sweep & Food Drive was a huge success! Here are our fabulous results from the Bremerton Store. Total new rewards cards: 2Total of selecting rewards for our charity: 5Total made aware of charity options:10322 Food items donated$638.00 Food purchasedSix full grocery carts$167.00 Cash A special shout out to the store director, Christine Hopper, and assistants Michelle and Kyle. To our Miss Poulsbo, Miss Kitsap and Miss Silverdale Organizations, A sincere thank you to all for your valuable assistance in our Fred Meyer sweeps and food drive. We hope you all had blast! To Michelle Wesson, Executive Director, a heartfelt thank you for your fantastic insights ...Read More
Kitsap County Thanks Northwest Derby Company
March 26 2018
On Saturday March 24th, the Northwest Derby Company invited StandUp For Kids - Kitsap County to be a guest at their bout, held at Skateland in Bremerton. We had an exciting time!We hosted a silent auction which was very successful, and we also made new contacts with folks who want to volunteer, along with a person who has a Ph.D. and specializes in youth. A very special thank you to all the members of this company for their invitation.Read More
Look What We Did Together in 2017
January 25 2018
A year of highlights from Eddy Ameen, PhD, National Board Chair Your support and involvement in our mission has helped make 2017 a standout year for StandUp For Kids. Our central responsibility is to our nation’s young people faced with homelessness, whether temporary or longer term. No matter the circumstances that got them there. No matter the work that needs to be done to help them transition them into safe, stable chapters of their lives. We are deeply humbled by this responsibility, and held fiercely to it through the political tumult of 2017. When some of our youth felt unwelcome, we stood taller to welcome them. In 2017, we worked with over 2,200 youth for the first ...Read More
StandUp For Kids Named Non-Profit of the Year in Kitsap County
January 24 2018
It is our great pleasure to announce that StandUp For Kids - Kitsap County was awarded Non-Profit of the Year by the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce Members!This award acknowledges a non-profit organization that advocates for, contributes to, and is dedicated to bettering the quality of life in Kitsap County. We are all very grateful to all of our volunteers from our communities! Margaret RodriguezExecutive DirectorStandUp For Kids - Kitsap CountyRead More
Kitsap County Thanks Home Depot
January 10 2018
Home Depot has "Nailed It"! They just donated 50 camo tarps, a $749.00 value, for our local homeless youth in Kitsap County. These tarps should help keep our youth dry and much warmer during these cold winter nights. This was made possible by Tammy, Dwane, and Kyne from the Silverdale & Poulsbo stores. Thank you for your kindness.Read More
Thank You Kitsap Bank!
December 19 2017
Kitsap Bank in Silverdale rocked it this season. We want to thank them and their customers for their generous donations. StandUp For Kids received over 60 pre-packed food bags, each containing a breakfast, a lunch and a dinner as well as a snack. Any youth in Kitsap County will be able to pick up a package either at school or at our local libraries. In addition, Kitsap Bank customers provided more bulk items, so we can continue filling bags.A special thank you to Kim Peterson, AVP Branch Manager and Michelle Moyer, Senior Client Service Specialist for coordinating this massive collections of food items for our youth. If you're looking for a local bank, please give Kitsap Bank a ...Read More
Kitsap's Gift Ideas for Homeless Youth
November 27 2017
Here's what our youth in Kitsap County, Washington most need this winter: Clothing items Sweatshirts (adult small, medium, large) Hooded sweatshirts (adult small, medium, large) Sweatpants with pockets (adult small, medium, large) Knit caps (adult) Gloves (adult small, medium, large) Fleece Ear Warmers / Headbands Turtlenecks (navy blue or black, adult small, medium, large) Rain ponchos Tube socks (black & blue) Knit scarves (women & men) Toiletry Items Chapstick Shampoo & conditioner (travel size) Hair brush (collapsible) Combs Facial moisturizer Sunscreen Deodorant (clear roll-on, alcohol free) Generic toiletry kits (shaveless, basic ...Read More
A Big Thank You To Our Fundraiser Sponsors!
November 14 2017
On October 28th, 2017, Tessio opened up their restaurant for a fundraiser for StandUp For Kids - Kitsap County! A very special thank you to our event sponsors: Sol Casimiro Cindy Kleinfelter Margaret Rodriguez (Executive Director of StandUp For Kids - Kitsap County) A big thank you to Thrivent Financial Action Team, who donated seed funding for the gift cards. Also, thank you to Tessio, who donated 20% of their meal sales during the lunch crowd. Lastly, thank you to all who donated for the silent auction, as well as those who donated food to fill our shelves! Total Funds Raised $900.00 Card kits for saleCompleted card kitsRead More
National Homeless Youth Awareness Month
November 8 2017
November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. This year we've set up a GoFundMe to raise funds to buy the supplies that we need to help the kids that we work with. Please check out our GoFundMe campaign here: https://www.gofundme.com/standup-for-kids-kitsap-county Check our our homepage at http://www.standupforkids.org/kitsapcounty for more ways to help.Read More
Wall of Hope
November 6 2017
Come check out our Wall of Hope inside Unique Local Bazaar at Kitsap Mall! Our first donation! Thank you! This will purchase 75 cups of noodles.Read More
October 31 2017
Take a journey with Dezerae, who at thirteen years old was living on the streets. She was just trying to survive on her own. Hungry, scared, and always fearing for her life, until she met the volunteers at StandUp For Kids.Read More
Four Award Winners Announced at our 2017 National Conference
October 16 2017
Volunteers, staff, youth representatives, and board members from all across the U.S. gathered in Tucson for our national conference October 6-8, 2017. The conference theme was "Raising A.R.I.Z.O.N.A." for Awareness, Respect, Inspiration, Zero Stigma, Ongoing Support, National Concern, and Attention to the Plight of our Youth. The Tucson program hosted the conference. With input from the Executive Director Advisory Council, the conference featured some tremendous sessions, not only to share best practices and do hands-on outreach, but also to focus on raising leadership capacities and technical skills to meet the complex mental health needs of our youth. An annual tradition at our ...Read More
Girl's Night Out!
October 12 2017
What an amazing event! On behalf of the Kitsap County program, thank you Monica Phillips from Directors Mortgage for the best Girls Night Out! It was extremely active tonight. Well over 500 people toured all the vendors throughout the Kitsap Mall. Our StandUp For Kids booth recruited 13 new volunteers. WOW, thank you to our wonderful community members. Welcome aboard. Special thanks to our committee members for their help: Jo, Bob, Kathy, Alyssa, Lisa, & AdrienneRead More
July 21 2017
A special thank you to all the donations through the Kitsap Great Give 2017. These funds will assist in providing meals for our local at risk-youths in our various communities. Your contributions raised $9,123.39. A 36% increase. Partnerships during this Great Give were SilverCity Ale House Restaurant, The Shane McGraw Team, CrossCountry Mortgage, and BluBerry Frozen Yogurt. On personal donations, our gratitude goes to Mr. & Mrs. Markovich and Ms. Elliott. All of our youths thank you very much for your kindness.Read More