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RedCloud Invests In Our Community’s Younger Generation

We currently work with the following partners:

  • UW Foster School of Business
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Junior Achievement of Washington
  • Toys for Kids

 

The missions and visions of these four fantastic organizations tightly align with our own company culture.  You will catch our team directly helping our community partners at volunteer events that center around educating and empowering our local youth throughout the year.

Our Community Partners

UW Foster School of Business

The Vision of the Michael G. Foster School of Business is to be the best public business school in the U.S.

We define best in terms of creating opportunities for our students and providing them with a transformational learning experience. As a public business school, we are committed to access and community engagement.

Mission

We are a learning community of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and business leaders dedicated to the creation, dissemination, and application of management knowledge.

In carrying out our mission, our programs place special emphasis on leadership, strategic thinking, and entrepreneurship. Our faculty are recognized thought leaders whose research contributes to the understanding of important management issues. Our students are capable of leading teams and, ultimately, organizations and can roll up their sleeves to solve complex, unstructured, real-world problems.

Values

  • Integrity above all
  • Excellence in all we do
  • Inclusiveness and respect for others (we>me)

 

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a rapidly changing, global economy.

Read the news for an hour and you will find a consistent theme: economic and workplace change is happening at a scale never experienced before. At the same time, our children are ill-prepared to enter college and the workforce.

JA is turning the tide and helping young people face the challenges of the real world. JA is the largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement’s kindergarten through grade 12 programs—in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy—ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington

We believe that all youth should have the opportunity to reach their potential and achieve success in life.

Rooted in the Puget Sound region for more than 60 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound is the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network.

We create meaningful 1-1 relationships between adult volunteer mentors and kids ages 6 through 18. We serve youth in King and Pierce counties through mentoring programs in communities, schools, and workplaces.

Our Mission: To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Junior Achievement Awards

Toys for Kids

Founded by Mariners broadcaster Rick Rizzs and former Mariners center fielder Dave Henderson

Over 90% of all donations directly benefit children.

In our first 20 years we raised over $2.5 million, purchased more than 100,000 toys and helped host more than 60 holiday parties.

History

“Where are the Kids”

In September of 1995, Rick Rizzs and Dave Henderson were watching the news after a Seattle Mariners game. A report stated Seattle’s homeless count was teetering at 8,000 men and women. Rick and Dave’s first thought was, “Where are the kids?”

Neither man was sure. But, both men knew they wanted to make a difference. “Let’s find them,” Rick suggested, “and take them toys for Christmas.”

Dave thought it was a great idea. Together, they called “the guys” – Mariners players they believed would share their passion. In total, 12 “guys” pooled their money and, in December, gave more than 300 toys to homeless and disadvantaged kids.

Giving More Hope

That first year, Rick and Dave saw how 300 toys barely scratched the surface. The number of kids in need was staggering. The solution was simple – they needed more toys.

As generous as “the guys” were, doing more also required passing the hat to those outside the clubhouse. Rick and Dave started a small auction, hosting it at Safeco Field and selling autographed memorabilia. The results were promising, but Rick and Dave still wanted to reach more kids.

Virgil Fassio, Commissioner of the Seattle Mariners RBI Club, contacted Rick and Dave in 1999. He and the RBI Club wanted to help. Rick and Dave could not have been more pleased. An excellent partnership was born.

Since then, the Toys For Kids fundraising efforts have grown substantially. More than 10,000 toys are given on a yearly basis.