Local Sparrow clubs helping kids in need
Written by Mike Johnston
Sparrow Clubs USA, now into their eighth year in Kittitas County, continue to give local children a chance to think, care and act in ways that push them outside of themselves.
A major part of the nonprofit Sparrow Clubs’ model is to assist local families with children facing ongoing medical challenges, said Nancy Wilson of Ellensburg, a Sparrows Club regional board member.
She said that’s not the only goal.
“We also have as a main goal to help kids know they can, as an individual, make a real difference in the life of another kid they’ve gotten to know in Sparrows,” Wilson said recently. “They discover they can get out of their own, personal world and help others with no thought about getting something out of it for themselves.”
Sparrow Clubs USA began in 1995 and was the outgrowth of a student, grassroots fundraising effort in Lake Washington School District in 1992 to help a toddler get a bone marrow transplant.
The clubs now are mostly in elementary through high school grades in Oregon and Washington. In Kittitas County, there’s also involvement by individual students and student groups at Central Washington University.
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