WIT's Adopt-A-Family Program matches donors with families in need during the holiday season.
Unique among other holiday giving programs, WIT's Adopt-A-Family encourages donors to give gift cards to select stores - such as food markets - chosen by WIT clients. This empowers women to shop for themselves, especially if they are struggling to provide basic necessities for their families. Last year, Adopt-A-Family donors made a difference for 60 families, including 134 children!
WIT Counselors identify families who are having an especially difficult time meeting basic needs and who will face additional challenges during the holiday season. Clients have told us that they feel more empowered shopping for their own families instead of receiving gifts, especially when they need basic necessities like food. We ask those clients to identify seven stores, including food markets, and rank them in order of their preference.
Next we "match" the family with an individual, family, or organization in the community that has agreed to participate in the program. We share the family's gift card choice list with the donor, who purchases the gift cards and delivers or mails them to WIT's office. This year, in order to better match families to donors, we are asking donors up-front how much they are interested in contributing.
For interested participants, please read the Adopt-A-Family Program Description (pdf) for more information. If you would like to participate, please fill out the Registration Form below by Friday, December 7, 2018. After we receive your signed agreement, we will send you information about the family, including first names and the names and ages of their children.
Adopt-A-Family Donor Registration Form
If you have not already done so, please read the Adopt-A-Family Program Description (pdf) before filling out this form.
Adopt-A-Family donors receive handwritten thank you notes from their adopted families. This is from a card that a WIT client wrote to her Adopt-A-Family donor in 2017!