After identifying a student in need and deciding how to help, any WEA member can type in their request on this online form* and get pre-approval to make a purchase of up to $75 to benefit a student.
Items of clothing like coats, boots and mittens are typical expenditures, along with expendable school supplies.
If your application is approved, you'll be given instructions on how to receive reimbursement.
The purpose of the WEA Children's Fund is to help students with dire, immediate
needs. As a result, not every purchase for students will be covered.
Examples of what WILL NOT be reimbursed by the charity fund:
Medical appointments or items
Purchases from Wal-Mart (details below...)
This list is not all-encompassing, but hopefully helps to illustrate the fund's intent.
It's as easy as 1-2-3!
1. Identify a student in need and decide how to help. WEA members can assist up to 5 students per year.
2. Type in your request.* If you have questions, call 253-941-6700 ext. 7033 or, toll free outside of Seattle and Tacoma, at 800-622-3393 ext. 7033.
* If you are unable to access the online request page, you can print out a request form, fill it out, and fax it to 253-946-7604.
Helping a student has never been easier!
PLEASE NOTE: The Children's Fund no longer accepts reimbursement requests for purchases made at Wal-Mart. Here is some rationale behind the decision:
- Wal-Mart's anti-union, low-wage, low-benefit policies have left its employees in need of hundreds of millions of dollars in public aid for various health-care and social safety net programs such as food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing.
- A congressional report estimates that the typical Wal-Mart store costs federal taxpayers $420,750 a year--more than $2,000 per employee.
- Many of our students and their families suffer harm as a result of Wal-Mart's poverty-level wages and benefits. The WEA Children's Fund is therefore at cross-purposes when members use the fund to shop at Wal-Mart.
- When we sought feedback from members regarding the policy, they opposed reimbursing for Wal-Mart purchases by a margin of 20 to 1.