At Willow Glen High School, a surprising 40% of our students live in poverty. They are children of the working poor. Some are homeless, live in foster care, or have recently lost a parent. These young people face numerous challenges to earn a high school diploma and raise themselves out of their difficult situations.
“My family and I are struggling to pay rent and have enough food. My father works 7 days straight per week. We usually go a week each month without food. Sometimes we don’t pay the electric bill and have to borrow money to get the lights back on.”
– WGHS senior
For up-to-the-minute updates, visit Willow Glen Cares on Facebook.
At the start of each school year, WG Cares is also a beneficiary of our RamStarter campaign, where your donations can support several parents groups and students leaders in Willow Glen.
Willow Glen Cares works to help these students address their challenges — providing school supplies and technology essential to success, buying groceries, paying a utility bill — so they can concentrate on learning, not just survival. Your support can help our students earn their diplomas, go to college, and have the chance to reach for their dreams.
“I went from feeling worthless, alone and unheard, to happy, successful and courageous. I am genuinely thankful for the support that WG Cares has provided me. I will be attending a four year college next year.”
– WGHS graduate, Class of 2016
Since Willow Glen Cares began, 90% of students served by WG Cares have improved their attendance, GPA, or both. By discreetly helping students meet their basic needs, and providing resources, encouragement, and enrichment, we help students improve their grades, attendance, test scores, and self-worth. This reduces truancy and at-risk behaviors, and opens up many doors of opportunity.
Help us close the “Opportunity Gap”
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Volunteer: Contact WG Cares for ways to get involved:
Donate via check or gift card: 100% of all donations go directly to helping our students in need. Donations can be left at the main office at Willow Glen High School. Write checks payable to Willow Glen Cares.
- Gift cards for Safeway, Target, Walmart and Food4Less
- School supplies: college-ruled paper, notebooks, pencils, binders, folders
- Hygiene supplies: deodorant, toothbrushes/paste, shampoo
- Household cleaning supplies: laundry detergent, paper towels
- New pillows and blankets
- Snacks: granola bars, instant noodles, cereal, bottled water
- Clothing: new sweatshirts, jackets, socks, underwear