Bear Creek has selected three nonprofit organizations with which to partner on an ongoing basis. While every family at the school has specific organizations they are passionate about supporting, these partnerships were chosen because each one incorporates curricular strands, student leadership opportunities, and full-school involvement. Selecting the three partners also allows us to limit the number of times the school community is asked to support outside organizations.
“Hopelink’s mission is to promote self-sufficiency for all members of our community; we help people make lasting change.” Hopelink is our local partner, providing an opportunity for students to show compassion for people living right here: people we see in our own neighborhoods, at church, or at the grocery store. Each November The Bear Creek chapter of the National Honor Society organizes and runs an annual school-wide food drive to support Hopelink, typically collecting 3,000 or more pounds of food for hungry families. The kindergarten classes collect mittens during the holidays for Hopelink as well. Both students and adults also volunteer for Hopelink in various ways throughout the year. Students of every age are taught how Jesus showed compassion for the poor, and as Christians, we are called to do the same.
Seattle Children’s mission statement reads: “We believe all children have unique needs and should grow up without illness or injury. With the support of the community and through our spirit of inquiry, we will prevent, treat and eliminate pediatric disease.” Seattle Children’s, while located here in the Puget Sound region, makes an impact throughout the Northwest and beyond, particularly through their research into pediatric cancers and other illnesses. For the past two years, in conjunction with Wholeness in Christ, Bear Creek has supported Seattle Children’s Strong Against Cancer initiative by selling purple capes and bringing awareness to the research being done to cure and prevent childhood cancers. In addition, Upper School students study cancer in their biology classes. Classes in several divisions have a long tradition of creating holiday gifts for kids hospitalized at Children’s, including making and delivering fleece blankets and gingerbread houses.
Doulos Discovery School
Doulos Discovery School is located in the Dominican Republic and has a mission of “Educating and equipping servant leaders through Christian discipleship and expeditionary learning to impact the Dominican Republic.” Bear Creek has sent teams of Upper School students on a mission trip to serve the Doulos School for the past four years. We have also provided professional development for their faculty. Lower School students’ Chapel offering is dedicated to help support the students at the Doulos School as well, many of whom come from families living in poverty. We are working to expand our partnership and develop more student-to-student relationships in the coming years.
We are grateful for the generosity of the students and families at Bear Creek that helps to nourish and support children and families in our local community, across the Northwest region, as well as abroad in the Dominican Republic.