StandUp for Kids – Thurston County/Olympia
Kicking off our volunteer highlight this week is Adrienne Nelson! Adrienne started volunteering with StandUp for Kids just about a year ago and is now serving as our Director of Kid Support. She is wonderfully generous and manages to make everyone around her smile.
“It gives me joy in my heart to go out and engage with the kids; our Executive Director has taught me so much about how important it is to build trust with them. Helping the kids and just taking a moment to listen to them is worth it. Volunteering with StandUp for Kids has opened my eyes to how real the issue of youth homelessness is and I wish I could help each and every one of them. I love it when I hear someone say that we are the Purple People!”
Fun Fact: Every time we do street outreach, we wear purple! This signifies to the youth that we are with StandUp for Kids and out to check up on them. Many teens know the color well and get excited just at the sight of our colored shirts!