our impact by the numbers
It's a wonderful feeling when our efforts make a brighter day for a child in care. Along the way, we've kept track of how we're helping, and how much. We've also collected some more personal thank-yous from children in care and the amazing social workers and staff that work closely with them. We're delighted to share some of our success and their feedback with you.
300+ Wishes Granted
Every child deserves the opportunity to dream big. When we started Connect With a Wish, our first priority was to give every child in local foster care a wish. From tuba lessons to theme park visits, it's all about making memories.
1000s of Fully Stocked Backpacks
At our Back to School Event, we give out a backpack to every child in foster care, tailored with all the specific school supplies they need for the upcoming year - everything from binders to colored pencils, graphing calculators to crayons.
$20,000+ in Tuition Aid
Previously, we raised tens of thousands of dollars to pay college tuition costs for youth in or leaving foster care. We worked with state legislators to ensure room, board, and tuition are now 100% covered for Virginia youth in foster care.
10,000s of Christmas Gifts
We give out high-quality Christmas gifts to over 250 children in foster care each year. We love adding some extra joy and excitement to these children's holidays. The best part? It's all sourced from generous community members like you.
100+ Prom Nights Prepared
Our annual Prom Event gives out beautiful dresses, shoes, accessories, and gift cards for a dinner night out. It's all to help teen girls in foster care get ready for their big night. Seven years later, we're proud of each and every event.
Hundreds of Lives Touched
Over 300 children can be in Hampton Roads foster care at any time. They all need love and support. We are privileged and honored to work with these incredible children and the devoted city staff and foster parents raising them.