Donate most needed items
A great way to help a child is to provide items to enhance children’s therapy environments. If you choose to sponsor at this level, you will have an opportunity to pick off a list with several categories, including: toys, games, sports equipment, art supplies, and so on. Therapists, social workers, and residential treatment counselors incorporate toys that will help each child to reach their goals. As simplistic as they seem, every one of the items below has great therapeutic value to help kids heal from trauma, build coping ability, and practice interpersonal skills. Your sponsor packet will tell you more.
Sponsor a family
Most of the families we serve in our behavioral health programs also struggle financially. While the family focuses on healing, you can take the pressure off by donating $75 in gift cards for essential needs: gasoline, groceries, or basics like Walmart or Visa.
Sponsor a child
Children receive intensive treatment at St. Vincent’s Villa to stabilize them and restore them to their community as soon as possible. We serve children between the ages of 5 and 14, but the majority of residents are males over 10 years old. Since many of the youngsters spend their holidays at St. Vincent’s Villa, sponsors’ gifts make Christmas memorable. Each child creates a wish list, which additionally includes some of their basic needs or suggestions added by their therapist. Sponsorship typically costs approximately $300.
When you Sponsor a Child, you purchase gifts and needed supplies for a child receiving treatment at St. Vincent’s Villa (or a child who will be admitted in 2020). The children and their therapists have provided wishes, which we then follow with a request for assistance in providing some fun experiences to the children.
Sponsor violence prevention among youth
Your gifts of basic necessities, toys, bicycles, and gift cards allow our Safe Streets team to do more effective community outreach, helping to normalize their message in West and South Baltimore and mentor youth. Bikes and toys provide incentives for youth to engage in community work. Gift cards provide opportunities for our team to intervene and help stabilize a family in need, as well as do outings and cookouts with youth.
Special note: Do you have a relationship with a supermarket or meat supplier? Safe Streets is looking for a partner who can donate meat to supplement food people in the neighborhood get at food banks. If so, please contact us directly.
Donate outdoor holiday decorations
Every year, volunteers turn St. Vincent’s Villa into a Winter Wonderland for the children living there. This year, we are moving decorations from the gym to the rest of the building, including the children’s apartments and some outside spaces. However, our decorations are largely indoors ones, so we are welcoming donations of outdoor decorations in good condition. Contact Mikael Kristiansen for more info, firstname.lastname@example.org.