Connect With A Wish works to enhance the lives of Virginia Beach foster kids.


Who We Are

Connect With a Wish Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization operating in Virginia Beach. Our mission is "to connect the wishes of children in Virginia Beach foster care with the generosity of our community. We provide the resources and support needed to give these children the opportunity to grow into positive and productive members of our community."

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A  self-guided tour of what we do at Connect With a Wish. Use the side arrows to navigate.

Our Events (Hover for More)

Our Leadership

 Back to School Pep Rally 

A way for our foster youth to get prepared and excited for the new school year.


A celebration to remember, each and every holiday season.

 Field Trips 

Offering unique, memorable experiences for foster children.

 Prom Event 

A boutique-like experience in preparation for a very special day.

 Summer Camps 

A rewarding and quintessential experience for our youth.

 Graduation Celebrations 

Helping to recognize and celebrate a great achievement.


Joy Rios


Colleen Luksik

Vice President

Heather Breland


Terry Ann Stevens



Board of Directors

Joy M. Rios

Ralph M. Rios

Susan Anderson

Michelle Zoby Payne

Joe Anderson


Don Rodriguez

Ashley Fussell


Non Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Employment

Connect With A Wish is an equal opportunity employer.

Connect With A Wish does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring or firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

2020/21 Budget

Download a spreadsheet of our budget here.


Prom Event Video