Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an immigration legal services agency that serves unaccompanied minors nationwide. The KIND Seattle office is partnering with the Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network (WARN) in the creation and facilitation of community-building group activities for transitional age youth (18-22). Many of the young people we work with have few social supports and do not often get the opportunity to build community with other young people who have similar stories to their own. Our goal in creating these groups is to foster a sense of community and joy among this group of clients. The first activity was in April, where a group of young people joined with staff to cook (and eat) pizza. The second session will be on June 25th – we are gathering at a community garden to have a scavenger hunt, eat dinner and learn about the plants being grown in that space.
KIND hopes to have gift cards to distribute at each session. This is because many of the young people attending these sessions are fighting to make ends meet. Many live alone and support themselves. A few even support younger siblings as well. Being able to provide gift cards helps alleviate some of their financial stress, while also incentive attendance. Additionally, being able to distribute gift cards also sends the message that we value their time!
The CBS Immigration and Sanctuary Committee is now collecting gift cards for this effort. KIND would like want each participant to receive the same gift card – they are not intended to be prizes, rather something each person receives for attending. KIND is asking for groups of 20 identical cards ( 20 $40 gift cards to Ross and 20 $40 gift cards to Safeway). Feel free to contribute cash donations and we at CBS will purchase gift cards for KIND.
If you would like to contribute, please pledge your donation at this link www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e49a4a62fa0f85-kinda and drop off either cash donations or $40 gift cards to Safeway or Ross Dress for Less at the Beth Shalom Front Office by Friday, June 14.
Thanks for helping to support KIND!
Questions? Contact Sarah Greenberg.