Summer is normally when we kick back, relax, and enjoy the sun.
This year, Steelhead’s Give Happy Committee decided to kick it up a notch and give back to the Las Vegas community by supporting these amazing organizations:
We are thrilled to have donated $200.00 of brand new clothing for foster children in Nevada! Foster parents do critical work for the community, but in order to do that work they need access to education, resources, and support in order to create a safe and loving home for children who’ve experienced trauma.
The Quality Parenting Initiative, or QPI, is dedicated to providing foster parents with all the tools and support they need. According to their website, their approach and philosophy is to “share information and ideas about how to improve parenting, as well as recruit and retain excellent families.”
QPI’s ultimate mission is to rebrand foster care in a way that, as they describe it, goes beyond “changing a logo or an advertisement, but by changing the expectations of and support for caregivers.”
The donation center for the Clark County Department of Family Services, Peggy’s Attic at Child Haven is a lifeline to kids in need.
When children are placed in protective custody, they likely don’t have any personal belongings. Peggy’s Attic gives each child a duffel bag with clothing, shoes, toys, and supplies to help with the transition into their new home.
The Give Happy Committee responded to the outreach for food and clothing resources by donating Subway and Old Navy gift cards as well as cases of water to both organizations! Youth homeless rates are on the rise in Las Vegas. HELP, which is part of Southern Nevada’s Shannon West Homeless Youth Center, works to give kids the skills and coaching they need in order to grow into successful adults by providing “services for at-risk youth that are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless.”
Similar to HELP, the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (or NPHY) is dedicated to advocating for homeless youth in the Vegas Valley. To do this, they offer young people ages 12-20 access to:
- Outreach and engagement
- Thought leadership and advocacy
- Health and wellness
- Education and employment opportunities
The LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada, commonly known as just The Center, offers a free weekly service providing trans and gender diverse/expansive individuals the chance to explore their authentic gender and access clothes for self-expression.
They call this service Switch Closet, and the members of the Give Happy Committee were excited to contribute four large bins of their own gently used clothing to give out. Since we’re all still stuck in quarantine for the most part, consider donating some clothes of your own by hitting the link above.
We know it may be increasingly difficult to give back these days, and the Give Happy Committee would like to thank everyone who has been able to donate and volunteer their time to these and other worthy organizations.
Per the Fostering Hope website, "In Clark County, there are approximately 3,500 children in foster care ranging in age from birth to eighteen years old. A heart wrenching 28% of these children have experienced four or more placements within the system."
"In the United States, there are currently over 500,000 children in the foster care system. This number equates to approximately one in 184 children in foster care. Each year over 250,000 children are introduced into the system while roughly 230,000 exit the system. Leaving the system does not mean all of these children are now in safe, loving homes. Approximately 22,000 youth “age out” of the system every year."
To learn more about these amazing organizations and how you can help please visit their websites.
And drop a comment below if you have any suggestions for Steelhead’s Give Happy Committee outreach, or to stay in the know about our work in the community!