By investing in our services, you help ensure resources are always available to provide compassionate care to the most vulnerable in our community. There are many ways you can help us build a community of hope. Consider getting involved in one or more of these simple ways:
- Become a foster parent
- Become an ambassador
- Make a financial contribution
- Host or participate in a donation drive or fundraising event
Thank you for partnering with us!
Become a foster parent
If you have a heart for children in need, please consider becoming a foster parent today. With over 6,000 kids in the Kansas foster care system, 16,000 in Texas and 5,300 in Washington, the need caring foster families is greater than ever. Visit our foster care page for more information or get started by applying online.
Become an ambassador
The needs of at-risk children and families are numerous, but the biggest need is people like you to use your connections to get more people involved. None of us can solve our community’s problems alone; it takes all of us working together. As an EmberHope ambassador, you will help raise awareness and promote opportunities for your church, business, school or community group to get involved. You will serve as a point person in connecting your church or organization with volunteer and donation opportunities.
Being an ambassador does not require a massive commitment of time and energy, it simply requires passion for vulnerable kids and families. If you are passionate about serving your neighbors and have a heart for kids, becoming an ambassador is a perfect way for you to get involved.
We will send you basic information about our programs and the current needs of the kids and families we serve, we just ask you share this information with your church and other community members.
We will do our best to reward you throughout the year, but the best reward is knowing you are helping local kids and families. Contact us to receive more information about becoming an EmberHope ambassador.
Make a financial contribution
This is a simple option for local churches, businesses and individuals to directly help the most vulnerable kids and families in our community. Your donation helps ensure resources are always available to cover the basic needs of kids and families not covered by state funding and program grants. EmberHope is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All donations are 100 percent tax deductible and are reserved for the direct needs of kids and families.
You can donate online or send a check to:
4505 E. 47th St. South
Wichita, KS 67210
Host or participate in a donation drive or fundraising event
We depend on gift-in-kind donations of basic supplies and clothing to serve kids and families in our programs. Most of our supplies are collected by area churches and businesses through donation drives. We have three main drives each year.
Blessing Bags: Life in a Bag
When kids come into our care, they often have nothing but the clothes they are wearing. If anything, they may have a garbage bag full of a few essential items. This donation drive collects the basic items for kids such as a duffel bag, hygiene items, blanket, towel, socks, underwear and a toy.
Back to School: Stuff a Backpack
This donation drive collects the basic school supplies needed at the start of the school year. This includes backpacks, binders, folders, notebooks, agendas, organizers, pencils, erasers, art supplies and school clothes.
Stuff a Stocking: #GivingTuesday
Stuff a Stocking begins in November! #GivingTuedsay is November 29, 2016.
Many local churches and businesses donate a portion of their event proceeds to support children and families in our programs. In return, we are happy to help promote the event, recruit and coordinate volunteers and share a short thank you speech at the event. Whether it’s hosting a silent auction or organizing a cook off, donating a percentage of your proceeds to EmberHope will help provide basic needs to the vulnerable kids, families and young adults in our community.
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9
One of the most important parts of being a faith based organization is the value placed on the power of prayer. While we always need hard resources to help us do our day-to-day work, we also need prayer. We serve so many children, families and adults who are hurting, have experienced horrible trauma and are hopeless or helpless. Our staff works with these people every single day, day after day. Therefore, our prayer requests are endless.
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” – James 5:16
We ask for prayers for those we serve, our staff, the policy makers who oversee our funding, our donors who continually support us, the many churches that help keep us going and for our agency. We have been serving vulnerable children and families for nearly 90 years now, and only through the power of prayer do we believe we have sustained the wonderful quality care deserved by the thousands of people we have helped over the years.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” – James 1:27
We are always in need for volunteers to mentor kids, organize our supply room, help out in the nursery during foster parent training or help at one of our events or donation drives.
Washington specific needs
- Volunteer IY child development position. This position insures all children receive the positive adult attention they deserve. You may be playing, reading books and doing arts and crafts with babies or toddlers. Classes are 2.5 hours one afternoon or night a week for a 10 to 19 week period.
- Volunteer transportation supervision position. This position insures all babies receiving transportation to and from classes are properly being cared for during their van ride. Ride along with the transporter in the van to pick up and drop off parents. Watch and help parents interact with their babies. Time commitment for this position varies anywhere from 1 hour up to 10 hours. The transporter will call the volunteer the day of the class to let them know if they are needed, at what time they are needed and for how long.
- Volunteer transporter position. This position insures all families who are participating in Youthville’s IY classes arrive and get home in a safe manner. Pick up participants from their home, work, daycare, etc., and transport them to the location of the class using a GPS device. Can commit to the full duration of classes.
“Thank you for donating so I could have a cap and gown for graduation. It may seem simple, but it meant a lot to be able to walk with my friends.” ~ former foster child
EmberHope, Inc. offers opportunities for corporate partners to make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth and families through our charitable giving program. These opportunities include:
- Corporate gifts
- Event discount give back nights
- Matching programs
- Event sponsorships
- Cause marketing
Our corporate partners enable us to further our mission through our programs. Here’s just a few ways your support goes to work:
- Recruit, license, sponsor and provide support to 350 foster families who are caring for 550 children.
- Provide counseling each year to 2,500 people who struggle with depression, grief, sexual issues, teen or family behaviors and much more.
- Help girls who are chronic runners or have been caught up in human trafficking.
- Help kids who are a threat to themselves or others find hope at our psychiatric residential treatment facility.
To learn more about how your company can become a corporate partner, please contact us today.
Foundations & Grants
“Thank you so much for helping pay for my summer school. Without it I wouldn’t have the credits needed to graduate high school, or the skills required to succeed in my classes next semester.” ~ Joel, 16
Our agency seeks to partner with community nonprofit organizations and foundations to spark positive change in the lives of children, youth and families. We work closely with our partners and investors to measure and report impact.
We are currently seeking the following partnerships and community investments:
- Successful transitioning of youth to adulthood – individual, economic and programming support
- Online training for foster families
- Financial support for moderate income foster families and for individual needs of foster children (medical, clothing, education, camp, athletics, band, prom, graduation)
- Therapeutic animal programming
- Primary medical and mental health co-location
- Counseling support for sex trafficking, domestic violence and child abuse victims