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burrell-dianaAs we talk about Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and healthy relationships, I think of how acts of philanthropy can help create stronger relationships, not just within the community but within families. We have several parent-child teams who help us at the WCA. Their shared experiences create opportunities for conversations that they might not otherwise have.

I’ve heard from several of our donors who use their personal financial philanthropy as a model for their children and grandchildren. One of the most impactful ideas I’ve heard is from a parent who teaches her children to split their allowances (or earned money in older children) three ways – one third can be spent on whatever they want, one third is put in savings for a long term goal, and one third is set aside to donate to cause the child cares about. If your child or grandchild is unsure of what interests them that presents a great opportunity to explore many of the wonderful nonprofits in our community. Like the WCA, many of the nonprofits here in the Treasure Valley offer educational tours to for the public on a regular basis. Check out their websites for details. Our tour schedule may be found here.

Philanthropy isn’t just about financial giving, it’s also about volunteering. Teens gain many benefits from volunteering, such as:

  • Developing an increased sense of social responsibility—a global view of society and a heart for “giving back” and helping others.
  • Exposure to diversity and multiculturalism.
  • Opportunities to apply academic learning to real human needs.
  • Building relationships and “social connectedness” with peers, adults, and activists sharing a cause.
  • Improve communication and critical thinking skills.
  • Help students stand out among other applicants; admissions officers want well rounded co-eds who volunteer; service work is a leading decision-making factor after a student’s GPA and SAT scores.
  • Provide a topic of interest for college essays; emphasis on “why” and “how” a student has tackled an issue.

Think of what sharing your philanthropic values and goals with your children may make possible for your family. Not only will it help them get real-world experiences, connect with the community and build stronger college applications, but it may also help you bond and form a lifelong connection through philanthropy

Pease watch our Facebook page or email volunteer@wcaboise.org for volunteer opportunities.

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Sep 29


Domestic Violence Awareness Month – 2023

Domestic Violence Awareness Month October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the WCA will be holding a joint press conference on September 29 at the Idaho Peace Officers’ Memorial at 10am. The WCA and other Domestic Violence service providers will be on site with information and awareness raising materials for our community members. Elected officials […]

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Oct 01


Sue B Stroll and 5K October 1, 2023

Join us for the 14th annual SueB 5k  and  3k  Urban  stroll  for  Every-Body Continuing to honor the memory of Susan “SueB” Newby, the 14th annual SueB 5K Fun Run will kick off on Sunday, October 1st at 12 noon at Julia Davis Park. You can sign up to participate here with 5K registration starting at $25. […]

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Oct 01


SueB 5k and Family Friendly Scavenger Hunt October 1, 2023

Join us for the 14th annual SueB 5k and 3k Family Friendly Scavenger Hunt for EveryBODY! The 14th annual SueB 5k and 3k Scavenger Hunt will be on October 1, 2023 and we hope you can join us! We invite you to join us to raise awareness about domestic abuse, while memorializing the life of […]

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Oct 18


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Mark your calendars for Witches Night Out on October 18, 2023 from 6 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 18 we will be celebrating Witches Night Out at The Village at Meridian, hosted by Meridian’s Centercal Properties and its marvelous merchants. Several sponsors help make the evening a resounding success, raising funds for the WCA’ clients’ […]

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Dec 14


Concert for Cause

Mark you calendars for 2023 Concert for Cause – December 14th Thursday, December 14th 94.9 The River is excited to present headlining artist Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness with Michigander and Arlie for their 2023 Concert for Cause benefitting the WCA! Join us at The Knitting Factory Concert House in Bodo for an evening of […]

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