No child should go without the basics

The purpose of the Children’s Fund, a registered 501(c)(3) foundation, is to make sure all Washington state children thrive in school, regardless of their family income. To that end, the fund reimburses WEA members in public education who purchase shoes, coats, clothing, and other necessities for needy students throughout our state. Members are allowed to purchase up to $100 for a student who is in need of any of the above supplies. In the 2018-2019 school year, over 1,000 students were helped by the Children’s Fund.

The fund was started in 1990 with $30,000, but now requires close to $100,000 per year to meet the demand of our students. It is because of generous donations that this program works. Throughout the year, contributions to WEA Children's Fund make it all possible. Please consider donating the money you already planned to give to charity this year to help out students in your district and in towns across Washington. You can make your tax-deductible contribution on our donations page.

  • Members: Submit a Request for Funds

    Unfortunately, there are students in our schools who don't have the basics. Some are in need of clothing, school supplies, or other things we take for granted. If you are a WEA member and know of any child who is in need, you can help by accessing up to $100 from the WEA Children's Fund. All requests are confidential. No child should do without.

    Prior approval is required for reimbursement. Approved requests will be reimbursed provided receipts are submitted within 30 days of your approval and adhere to the guidelines. The WEA Children’s Fund accepts requests from September 1 to June 15 or until funding is exhausted.

    Submit your request →

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