Thank you so much for your interest in helping to support our young people by helping us with fundraising event support!
In order to achieve our goals of growing and expanding to serve even more aged-out foster you we need help making the following events a huge success:
"Authors In Conversation" - A virtual event to launch in March - it's a conversation between Christina Baker Kline - Author of "Orphan Train" and "The Exiles" and Fiona Davis' author of "The Lions of Fifth Avenue". We specifically need help with obtaining auction items which would require reaching out to stores, vendors, etc. to obtain donated items such as: handbags, jewelry, wine subscriptions, yoga gift certificates, massage gift certificates, etc. A list of talking points would be provided to you and you would receive training and support from our Executive Director - Shaun Adams.
Virtual Run / Walk - This fundraiser is set to launch in April. The event will be live for several weeks so that individuals can participate in their free time. We need support to help us reach out to organizations and companies to engage them in creating teams that will participate in this virtual run walk. Again talking points, training, and an overview will be provided to you by our Executive Director - Shaun Adams.
Virtual Gala - Due to COVID-19 we will be hosting our Gala virtually on October 21st at 7:00PM. We will also need help obtaining auction items for this event as well.
If you are interested in supporting our events please reach out directly to our Executive Director - Shaun Adams at Shaun.Adams@rootsandwingsnj.org
About ROOTS & WINGS FOUNDATION A NEW JERSEY NON PROFIT CORPORATION
75 BLOOMFIELD AVE STE 303, DENVILLE, NJ 07834, US
The mission of Roots and Wings is to provide motivated young adults who age out of the foster care system of New Jersey with safe housing, education, counseling, and life skills in order to empower them towards self-sufficiency.
Remember turning 18? Maybe heading off to college or starting a new job? Now imagine attempting these milestones without the support of your family -- without parents to encourage, guide, and come home to. This is the reality for 600 - 800 young adults in New Jersey exiting foster care every single year. They struggle to navigate alone in a world in which they are ill-equipped to thrive. Study after study shows these young adults are at extremely high risk for unemployment, poor educational outcomes, early parenthood, increased rates of incarceration and homelessness. Only 27% of aged out foster youth either complete high school or obtain a GED and only 6% graduate from college.
Many of the young people that we serve have lived in over 15 foster homes within the first 18 years of their lives. Several have lived in more than 20 foster homes, that is more than one foster home per year! That is just not acceptable to us. Roots and Wings is an organization that provides safe and stable housing, so that our clients can begin to heal from years of trauma, begin to figure out who they are, and take the next steps in becoming truly self-sufficient.
You can make a difference with us! Our model works -- we have the outcomes to prove it -- and we couldn't do it without volunteers. Please consider applying to join our amazing board and collaborate with a strong, dynamic group of staff members completely dedicated to helping our clients achieve their goals!
Children & Youth
Homeless & Housing
We'll work with your schedule.
This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.
February 20, 2021
We are very flexible around time commitments and most of this work can be done from home. However we do have an office space in Denville if computer access is needed.