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StandUp For Kids - Olympia is an outreach program to help locate and assist homeless and at-risk kids on the street in our city. This is what we do and we do it every day.

Statistics show that either the vast majority of the youth we serve have been ejected from their homes or left with their parents' or guardians' full knowledge, and most are running from horrifying situations that most of us cannot even begin to comprehend. Once on the streets, they are consistently exposed to the harshest scenarios imaginable: prostitution, theft, physical violence, drug abuse, incarceration, depression, exposure to the elements, hunger and widespread disease are daily realities for these kids. Unfortunately, for them this represents their best, or only, option.

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Van donation needed

StandUp For Kids - Olympia is looking for a van donation to help with our outreach efforts. If you or someone you know has a van to be donated, please contact our Executive Director, Donna Burkett, at Thank you!


Local Program Mission

The mission of the StandUp For Kids - Olympia is to stabilize youth who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, establish trust, and act as a resource linking youth with community services. We advocate for youth and assist them in building opportunities for a better tomorrow. StandUp For Kids provides community support services to youths up to the age of 24. StandUp For Kids provides important services in order to improve the general quality of life for youth. It helps youth meet their survival needs and offers a social support network. The program seeks to provide youth with access to a preventative safety net of medical care, meals, housing, and a safe place from street life.

Olympia's Local Programs

Street Outreach - StandUp For Kids provides Street Outreach two times a week. During Outreach our volunteers offer mentorship to youth and young living on the streets. Youth downtown report to sleeping in alleys, crates, boxes, roof tops, abandoned warehouses & camping in nearby forests and rural locations.

At this time, we are providing hygiene packs, snacks, bottles of water, sports drinks, winter and other needed attire, In addition, all Outreach Volunteers are trained to assist with referrals, crisis situations and person centered planning.

Following Outreach, we schedule times throughout the week to meet with youth interested in working on employment, education and other personal goals.

We are always recruiting Outreach Volunteers and donors for this program, yet we ask a 6 month commitment for ensure stability for our youth.

A special thank you to Harbor Wholesale Grocery Inc. for weekly donations for our Outreach Program!


Our Local Wish List:

  • Bandanas
  • Gloves
  • Hand and Toe Warmers
  • McDonalds and Jack in the Box Gift Cards
  • Non-perishable Protein Sources
  • New Socks
  • New & Gently Used Sleeping Bags
  • New & Gently Used Walking Shoes
  • Funders and Foundations
    to provide financial support
  • Van

Upcoming Events

Wish List Drive
January 19th
Walmart Supercenter in Lacey

We'll be collecting outreach supplies, stop by, say hi, grab a wish list at the door and drop off a tax deductible donation on your way out. Every fruit cup and protein bar makes a difference!

Blanket Raffle
February 2nd
Olympia Farmer's Market

We are selling raffle tickets to raise funds for needed supplies. The beautiful handmade fleece blankets will be raffled off at The Farmer's Market on Thursday, February 2nd & Saturday, February 4th from 10am 0 1pm. Please show your support by visiting us and purchasing a ticket.

Volunteers needed in many capacities!

We are an all-volunteer program, so we need volunteers to fill every role! Whether you have a few hours a month, a few hours a week or a few hours a day we are confident that we can put your skills to good use. We are looking for “hands on” Outreach Counselors, Administrative and Leadership Support and Leadership Candidates. Please email us at if you are interested in volunteering.

New volunteer orientation and training

January 28th
Mixx96 Downtown

119 Washington St NE, Olympia, WA 98501

Becoming a StandUp For Kids Volunteer 

Want to have more meaning in your life? Do you want to do something that is satisfying and of great service to your community? Then stand up for our homeless kids in the Thurston County, Olympia surrounding areas!

Volunteers are needed to service kids with different backgrounds, regardless of race, sexual orientation, religion, etc. Becoming a committed volunteer is similar to helping a neighbor in need.

The only qualification required is your desire and compassion to help our kids 25 years and younger in need. You don't need any medical skills; you don't even need a college degree; All you need to do is sign up for our volunteer training session beginning on January 28 at MIXX96 in downtown Olympia for a 4 hour session. Snacks will be provided.

For more information, contact Irene Misiewicz, our Director of Volunteers through our website or Facebook. We look forward to meeting you

Help End the Cycle of Youth Homelessness in Olympia!


Local Contacts

Executive Director
Donna Burkett
Director of Program Support
Marquesa Allen-Bryant
Director of Outreach
Irene Misiewicz
Director of Public Affairs
Alex Misiewicz
Director of Community Resource Development
Director of Fund Development


Interested in becoming a volunteer?

Volunteer Needs:

  • Street Outreach Counselors
  • Director of Marketing
  • Grant Writer
  • Director of Kid Development

(Note: these are all volunteer positions)

Please complete our volunteer application and email to

All volunteers are required to complete a New Volunteer Orientation & complete a FBI Background Check

For more information email:



Contact the chapter to see how you can help

Email us to find out how you can join our all volunteer program helping homeless kids improve their lives