We have recently completed another successful year of providing support to at-risk and homeless students in Yamhill County. Our mission is to remove barriers to learning while helping children retain a sense of dignity and safety. Our program operates through Give a Little volunteer liaisons (now active in every school in McMinnville and soon to be in Sheridan) who work directly with a school contact person — an administrator, counselor, or teacher — responsible for identifying specific needs of individual students. Through this system, we have in the past few years provided hundreds of pairs of shoes and socks, many winter jackets, other clothing, school supplies, holiday meals, eye glasses and dental care, hygiene supplies, lice kits, umbrellas, camp scholarships, pool passes (for physical therapy), and more.
Pictured above, Nichelle Greene, Homeless Student Advocate at McMinnville High School, receiving just a few of the 140 hygiene kits Give a Little has provided for homeless students this year. The cloth bags were sewn and donated by members of the Gone to Pieces Quilt Guild in McMinnville.
We also have a program that provides scholarships to Chemeketa Community College for graduates who were homeless at some time during their time at McMinnville High School. The number of homeless students in Oregon has increased approximately 20% since 2014, currently making up an estimated 4% of all enrolled children and teens.
We extend special appreciation to Famous Footwear, Larissa DeHart with Farmers Insurance, and the members of the Gone to Pieces Quilt Guild for their support this year, as well as to all our Give a Little liaisons and our partners in the schools. For further information, or if you would like to help, please contact our Board Member Bonnie Mann at firstname.lastname@example.org.