WDTL Helps Foster Youth
With WDTL's support and contributions, foster youth in Washington will start off this school year with the necessary tools to achieve academic success.
Despite the lingering uncertainty of COVID-19 and many members of the Washington Bar still working remotely, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) was unwavering in its commitment to Treehouse's annual back-to-school drive this year. Since 1988, Treehouse has been Washington's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the academic gap between youth in foster care and their peers. With students returning to the classroom this fall, this year's back-to-school drive returned to a conventional format consisting primarily of actual donations rather than “virtual”.
With WDTL's support and contributions, foster youth in Washington will start off this school year with the necessary tools to achieve academic success. WDTL donated four (4) carloads of backpacks, lunch boxes, calculators, and other school supplies to Treehouse. WDTL members also donated close to $2,000 to Treehouse. So, how do foster youth obtain these school supplies? Treehouse has a store and foster youth and their foster parents are provided with coupons to redeem at the Treehouse store. Thus, like their peers, foster youth pick out their own backpack and school supplies for this coming school year.
Brought back by popular demand, WDTL had a contest for this year's drive. Physician Direct Services sponsored a complimentary lunch for the firm or person who donated the most backpacks. Congratulations to Forsberg & Umlauf for donating the most backpacks! A HUGE thanks to the other law firms and individual WDTL members who participated in this year's drive and donated to Treehouse.
If you are interested in joining WDTL's Community Service and Pro Bono Committee or learning more about other community service opportunities, please contact Gauri Locker, Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.