Nonprofit organizations are wonderfully unique: their business model is built upon the vision and engagement of the community they also serve. As a nonprofit that seeks families for children worldwide, WACAP has kept collaboration and community at the heart of our mission.
So, since we’ve recently received the news that we’re the recipient of the 2012 Evergreen Award, we’re thrilled to share the news with you, our community, and to all those who have helped us in this achievement! The award, given by the Alliance for Nonprofits Washington, annually recognizes one organization for helping cultivate Washington state’s nonprofit sector and building community within it.
The partnerships we’ve worked to build through programs such as A Family For Me prompted the Alliance to recognize WACAP’s cooperative approach and dedication to reaching children who need families. Through A Family For Me, we’ve engaged an array of community businesses, private and public partners, volunteers, and media who all share our goal of finding permanent homes for the 2,000 children living in Washington state foster care.
Just ask Alex and Anna. Brother and sister, they lived in a series of homes before they moved back in together in 2006. Through A Family For Me, WACAP was able to give them a “dream day,” which included a professional photo shoot courtesy of Yuen Lui Studios and a day of activities, professionally recorded and edited for the air and online.
Today, Anna and Alex can tell you firsthand about the difference a family makes. In 2007, at age 7 and 10, they learned about a family interested in adopting them (read more here, page 4). Now, Alex is nearing age 16, and Anna is 12. Both are at home with their parents Michelle and Jaime; together, they all found the family for them.
Thank you again to all those who have helped us find homes for 72 percent of the children featured on A Family for Me since 2006, including our partners the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), KING 5 Television, Yuen Lui Portrait Studio, the Northwest Adoption Exchange (NWAE), and the Tacoma office of the Children’s Home Society (CHS) of Washington.
Our thanks to the Alliance for Nonprofits Washington for the honor of this award.