Worthdays is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Richmond, Virginia whose mission is to ensure that those impacted by the foster care system know that they are important, worthy and celebrated. We will do this by celebrating them on the important days in their lives! Through the excitement of celebrating, we hope to engage our community in a way that will raise awareness and increase positive outcomes for the foster care system!
While our dream would be that there would no longer be a need for foster care, we are all too familiar with the realities that are faced by those impacted by our community and the foster care system. At the end of the day, this system is broken and our communities often are not aware or engaged in meeting the many needs of this population. There is much work to be done to improve the outcomes for the children faced with this system. In the meantime, we believe that one of the most universal needs of all children and youth is to feel wanted and worthy. And we believe that this is an issue that we can tackle!
Worthdays focuses on these three main areas:
That every child impacted by the child welfare system in our country is celebrated on the important days of their lives surrounded by those who unconditionally love them.
That these children consistently have opportunities to feel successful and ‘normal’ through hobbies and activities that they enjoy.
And that our community is aware of and engaged in meeting the needs of the foster care system.
These are big goals but through the kindness of strangers, the teamwork of local businesses, engagement of community leaders and groups and the involvement of children - we think they are attainable! What would this look like? Picture siblings who are separated in the foster care system being able to help each other blow out birthday candles together. It means that youth in foster care are able to play on their local basketball teams or star in the upcoming play at their school. It's a local DJ who donates his old turntables to a young man preparing for adulthood and teaching him the tricks of the trade. Envision families stepping up to become foster families for youth in their neighborhoods or schools. Think of parents whose children are in foster care being able to celebrate Thanksgiving with their children for the very first time and volunteers modeling just the right way to make a turkey. Or maybe it's a local Girl Scouts troop coming alongside girls in foster care who need new friends during a hard time. It's kids who are lonely realizing they are important because someone actually remembered their birthday on the year when they thought everyone had forgotten! It's all of this and so much more!