About SoWashCo CARES
The slogan for SoWashCo CARES (South Washington County Community Action Reaching Every Student) is “our community helping our community”. Our focus is on students, staff and the community working together as partners in education to set our students up for success in every way that we can.
SoWashCo CARES acts as the central connection point between the schools and the community for needs and resources going both ways. We meet immediate needs in real time through social media. School staff will let us know if there is a student who is in need and coming to school without proper shoes or school supplies or whatever it is. We post the request on our social media pages and within minutes community members are volunteering to donate whatever is needed. We have an amazingly generous community! Since we started the FB page, there is no need we have not been able to meet with the help of our community!
We are viewed as a fairly affluent community, but many families are just one job change, health issue, or rent payment away from needing extra help. Many of
our families only need to access resources for a short time until they get back on their feet. SoWashCo CARES programs are unique in that they are available to anyone in need within our school district. We aim to remove as many barriers as possible. We rely heavily on referrals from our school staff. Principals and
social workers, who have relationships with families can identify those in need and share information about valuable programs and resources with them. Because of our close working relationship with the school district, SoWashCo CARES is well-positioned to serve these needs, with careful approaches and innovative solutions.
The program areas of SoWashCo CARES Education Foundation include:
Ultimately, through all of the programs and initiatives we provide, we want our students, families and staff to know that they are part of a community that cares.
Our community is at the heart of everything we do. We could not do this work without you! Thank YOU for caring!