Posted by Barbara Beagle on Feb 18, 2021
"Stand Up For Kids (SUFK) Kitsap opened our eyes to the plight of homeless and at-risk youth in Kitsap County,” stated Rotarian Barbara Beagle on February 18 when she and her Rotarian husband PDG Brian (both long time Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Sponsors) awarded $1,000 in an unrestricted grant to Margaret Rodriguez, Executive Director of SUFK Kitsap.  “Silverdale Rotary and Stand Up For Kids have been true partners in community service,” added Brian.  “We support them, and they support us.”  
Margaret went on to describe what SUFK Kitsap accomplished in 2020 under COVID-19:
  • 500 weekend food bags per week for homeless and at-risk students in the Bremerton School District, plus snacks for the schools to hand out
  • 480 extra large holiday food bags
  • 390 hygiene bags
  • Supported 11 new teen parents
  • And more, all with volunteers and all without the benefit of their normal in person fund raiser.
Margaret remarked that under normal non-COVID circumstances, SUFK would be supporting 18 schools and thanked Silverdale Rotarians via Zoom for multiple donations of food and grant funds over the years.  SUFK operates solely with donations and volunteer help from the community.
Below is a photo of Margaret Rodriguez loading up hundreds of food bags that Silverdale Rotarians purchased and packed:
Pictured: Margaret Rodriguez  and Rotarian Ed Hamilton after a Silverdale Rotary food bagging work party.
Below is a whole table of SUFK volunteers “giving back” to Rotary by supporting our annual Duck Race fund raiser and helping tag 18,000 ducks.
and below Margaret Rodriguez is sorting clothing donations at the Kitsap fairgrounds, site of the annual Rotary Area Garage Sale (RAGS)
Barbara and Brian thanked the SUFK volunteers for working so hard to support Rotary, all the while tirelessly supporting homeless and at-risk youth.  “It’s truly a win-win partnership,” stated Brian.