Vancouver Breweries Unite for H.O.P.E.

HOPE-logoThe Homeless Outreach Promoting Education meets a vital need in the Vancouver community by serving a wide array of needs of homeless families and school aged children. The program is designed to remove barriers for this population and to assist in the educational growth and development of the whole child, by meeting individual needs and provide choices and options for families. HOPE services are provided through Vancouver School District in collaboration with community partnerships and local shelters. We are funded primarily by the McKinney Vento Homeless Act and Title I.

Our goal is to remove barriers under Federal Law McKinney Vento. McKinney Vento assists students currently living in transition. Transition is defined as living in cars, hotels, camping, doubled up with friends or relatives, in shelters or transitional housing. Our program helps to ensure students are enrolled immediately, receive free and reduced school-supplieslunch, prepared with basic supplies, transportation to and from school of origin, are not segregated from any educational activities included sports and receive all services a permanent housed student receives. We remove any barriers.
At the beginning of each school year with the help from donations and community partnerships we are able to provide backpacks with school supplies designated per grade for each of our qualifying students. This helps take a financial burden off of our families who are already struggling and may be in flight or fight mode.

In the 2015-2016 school year, our numbers have increased an enormous amount. When school ended in June of 2015 we had qualified 827 students in the whole district. As of April 11th, 2016 we are near 950 students with two and half months of school left. These numbers are outstanding and so sad. Resources collected from the community and partnerships developed are critical.

May 1st - 20th, 2016

First, donate school supplies at one of these Vancouver breweries, and pick up a raffle ticket:

Then Celebrate with us at Trap Door Brewing Friday, May 20th at 6pm

  • Live music at 8pm by Lincoln’s Beard
  • Every donation at Trap Door Brewing gets a raffle ticket
  • Drawings every hour (must be present to claim prizes)

Nearly 950 students in Vancouver are in need of these items:

  • Backpacks*
  • #2 pencils
  • Crayola Crayons
  • Kids Scissors
  • Notebook Paper
  • Erasers
  • Non-Permanent Crayola Markers
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Kleenex
  • Crayola Colored Pencils
  • Sharpeners
  • Pens
  • 3 Ring Binders – 2″ or 3″
  • Composition Books
  • Pocket Folders
  • Zip Drives*
  • Water Bottles*
  • White Elmer’s Glue
  • Rulers
  • Scientific calculators*
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Highlighters
  • Glue Sticks
  • Protractors
  • Dividers
  • Pencil Boxes/Pouches

Blanket Brigade also needs:

  • Tarps
  • Backpacks / Duffle Bags
  • Combs / Brushes
  • Razors
  • Tampons
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Jeans 32 – 38 Mens
  • Sweatpants
  • Men’s Underwear
  • Socks

Find a Brewery Near You to Donate

Questions? Call Bryan at 360.314.6966