If you know Washington County and stay in touch with supporting kids, then you know Katie Riley. Katie is a force of nature and current President of WCK. Folks with concerns started meeting back in 2009. Susan Bender Phelps, whose energy matches Katie’s, was WCK’s first Chair. It all started with an idea to help the kids. >>read the background
Washington County Kids came up with the idea of actively doing something about serving kids and families who were falling through the cracks. “It was me and some members of the Washington County Commission on Children and Families who saw the need for out-of-school-time programs,” Katie says. “We work with many partners and support the programs that are doing good; but don’t have enough funding to serve all the kids and families,” Katie adds. “We realized that the Commission just did not have enough funds to meet those needs.”
Washington County Kids (WCK) is a champion for kids. We build partnerships, working locally to support academic and social success for children and youth in Washington County. The mission of Washington County Kids is to increase the awareness of the need for sustainable funding for out-of- school-time programs (early childhood, after school, and summer programs). We focus on current programs designed to support under-served children and youth. Our goal is to secure sustainable funding for the programs that do good but simply need to be expanded so significantly more children may be served.
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