Give-a-Gift Program Support a child in need & invest in the youth of our community
The 2016 Give-a-Gift Program campaign is currently underway. This is the perfect time to help support our local foster youth NOW!
Your investment will quickly make a difference. We provide holiday gifts to over 250 foster children who may otherwise not receive a gift at all. Additionally, we provide laptop computers to college-bound foster youth - an essential tool for success and much needed encouragement showing these young adults that our community believes in them!
This year's sponsor and donor levels include:
Buy a Computer Sponsor ($650) Launch to college Donor ($200)
The Give-a-Gift program is proud to connect with our community to help improve the quality of lives for youth in our Foster Care System. The support we provide benefits children of all ages in the system. We focus on two initiatives:
For over 60 years the SCMAA has coordinated directly with Sonoma County Family, Youth and Children's Division to provide holiday gifts during the Holiday season for children in foster care. Sonoma County Human Services Department
These children have entered the Foster Care System as a result of abuse, neglect or abandonment. They have been separated from their families through no fault of their own. This separation is particularly difficult during the holidays. The generosity of our supporters helps lessen their sadness during this season by providing gifts matched directly to their wishes. These gifts often provide essentials such as winter coats, clothing, books and school supplies. The SCMAA takes great pride in supporting these children who might otherwise not receive a gift at all.
In 2007 we expanded the Give-a-Gift program in an effort to address some of the significant challenges faced by transitional age youth. (16-24 years old.) Between the ages of 18-21 years old, young adults age-out of the Child Welfare System. They lose funding and benefits that allow them to stay in foster family or group homes. Many of these youth never reunite with their families. Without housing, educational or emotional support, the future is challenging. The Give-a-Gift Program is dedicated to helping these transitional age youth in Sonoma County. We believe by continuing their education, our local foster youth have the greatest chance for success. Laptop computers are essential to help keep educational opportunities alive.
Last year, due to the generosity of our donors, we were able to provide 30 laptop computers to inspiring young adults pursuing secondary or vocational education. We collaborate directly with VOICES youth center and Santa Rosa Junior College to identify those students with the greatest need. Click here to read more about the SRJC program.
In 2015 we launched an initiative to expand our support to the new Foster Youth support program at Sonoma State University. Click here to read more about the Sonoma State program. We have donated four laptop computers to be used as rentals by their students. In 2016 we deepened our support by launching a Textbook Fund for qualifying Sonoma State students. Getting to college is one of the biggest challenges foster youth face, but financial challenges should not be what keeps them from succeeding!