Hello & Welcome to Capital Kids Connection. CKC grants wishes for foster kids. Capital Kids has several programs it operates thru the year:
Little Wish Connection: $100 wishes for youth to go towards an item or experience of their choice. (For Example: summer camp, bike, prom dress)
Graduation Connection: Giving items to youth who are graduating and exiting forster care and needs items for their first home (For Example: Dishes, Bedding, Cleaning supplies)
Backpack Connection: Distributing backpacks and school supplies
Christmas Connection: Foster youth fill out forms telling us 3 items they would like to have for Christmas, and we try to pair members of the community to these Christmas wishes to give the foster kids the specific items they would like to have for the holidays.
Kitchen Table Connection: Mentoring youth who have exited foster care. The idea of KTC is to give ex-foster youth a place to come and sit down and feel like they always have someone who they can connect with, and get the help they might need, be it physical, social, emotional, or spiritual and connect them with community members and resources to help meet those needs.
Kitchen Table Connection Speaking Engagements: KTC offers several classes, workshops & motivational speaking available to social workers, mental health workers, community members, youth, or parents on:
- Solution Informed Relationships
- Solution Focused Case Management
- Positive Youth Development
Current News & Needs:
Your local foster kids need your help! CKC is in desperate need of storage to keep many of its programs alive.
CKC is a dedicated group of volunteers is responsible for many programs that benefit foster children, some of which include providing backpacks with school supplies, coats and shoes and other clothing, Christmas gifts, and "graduation" gifts (for children leaving the system) of household supplies. Providing foster children with clothing, school supplies, and Christmas wishes helps them to normalize and builds self-esteem.
In order to keep the program running, CKC has been using a storage facility in the Tumwater area to store donations throughout the year. The cost to rent the units that store the donations is $300 a month.
CKC just lost the grant that normally pays for the storage rental, and are scrambling to find a permanent solution to keep this vital program alive. If we cannot come up with rent or a permanent solution soon, we will lose the storage facility at the end of August 2013! The storage facility is unwilling to provide the space for free until we find a solution, so this situation is critical.
Community Foundation of South Puget Sound agreed to help pay the $300 for the August rent, which extend the storage lease until August 31 which essentially gives us the gift of time.
- Once we had that secured, we identified a permanent solution involving the construction of two - 200 sf storage sheds on property owned by a member of Capital Kids Connection. By building the storage there, it will reduce overhead costs and be a more efficient means to manage the donations.
- Burtis Construction of Hoodsport has agreed to build the two sheds for an estimated cost of $6,000. The labor part is $500 per shed which is a huge gift - they are practically building it for free because this will basically cover gas to and from the site and picking up building materials plus miscellaneous building supplies or tool rentals. Once completed, this will provide CKC with a total of 400 sf of storage.
- Our goal is to complete at least one of the sheds so that we can at least have a place for the donated school supplies and backpacks. Burtis Construction can meet this goal in August. After we have at least one completed, the plan is to move the coats, shoes, and other clothing to the two DSHS offices located in Shelton and Tumwater in the interim. This will help eliminate some of the stock in storage. I am really hoping that we can fund this project. It would be a great loss to the foster family community if CKC had to shut down at the end of August.
ITEMS NEEDED TO BUILD TWO STORAGE SHEDS:
11 – Pier blocks with adjustable brackets
44 – 8’ 2x4s
10 – 16’ 2x8s
18 – 12’ 2x6s
16 – sheets 4x8 T-111 Siding
6 – sheets of ¾” plywood
8 – sheets of ½” OSB plywood
3 – 16’ long 4x8 pressure treated beams
2 – 16’ 1x8 primed white wood
4- 10’ 1x8 primed white wood
4 – 10’ 1x4 primed white wood
6 – 8’ 1x4 primed white wood
3 – squares of roof shingles
1 – roll of #15 roof felt
4 tubes of exterior caulking
1 Box - 16D gun nails
1 Box – 8D galvanized nails
1 – 36” exterior door
Rolls of insulation
Drywall material, mud and tape and nails
3 gallons of exterior paint and one gallon of trim paint
Lights, wire, boxes etc needed to install lighting & power outlets.
Electrician services for lighting and power
At the end of August we will need boxes to move in, people to help pack and move, as well as trucks to do it in.