To be eligible for Blue Skies for Children programs:
Child must be homeless, low-income or in foster care, -and-
Child must live in Whatcom or Skagit County -and-
Child must be age 6 to 18th birthday (or graduation from high school, whichever comes last)
Family income verification is required. If a child is eligible for free or reduced lunch under WA State OSPI Guidelines, the child will be eligible for our programs.
Identification is required for the parent/guardian and child.
Important to note: An eligible family may receive up to three Little Wishes per calendar year per family. The distribution programs do not count toward a Little Wish. Blue Skies may serve up to five children per family for each distribution program. All requirements are subject to change.
Foster families please use this application for One Time Little Wish & Enrichment Requests
Our Little Wishes Enrichment Program (Offered year round)
Grants Little Wishes for ongoing support of lessons and activities including, but not limited to, art lessons, music lessons such as piano, violin or guitar, as well as martial arts, team sports, individual activities such as swimming lessons, dance, ballet, gymnastics, ice skating, ice hockey, horseback riding, and soccer.
Our One-Time Little Wishes Program (Offered year round)
Grants Little Wishes for support of school trip fees, summer camp enrollment fees, bicycle and helmet, special needs equipment, tutoring, computers, school related supplies such as a scientific calculator, or an ASB card (required to participate in school sports), sports fees and/or uniforms, cleats, and other items. The Little Wish requests we receive are unique to the needs of each child.
Our Little Wishes Instrument Loaner Program (Offered year round)
Loans musical instruments to children who wish to participate in their school band or orchestra, but find they are unable to afford the monthly rental cost of an instrument. Blue Skies inventory of instruments includes wind instruments, brass, strings, keyboards and drums. If an instrument is not found in inventory, Blue Skies will rent an instrument for the child from a local music store.
Shoe Distribution Program (Spring Give March 28/May 26 & Back to School Give Aug 1/Sept 22)
The Spring shoe distribution is scheduled for March / May and our Back to School Shoe Give is scheduled for Aug / September. Call our office at 360-756-6710 to set an appointment and an application will be mailed to you. You must have an appointment scheduled to receive an application..
Back to School Backpack Distribution Program (Offered Aug/Sept)
Brand new backpacks will be distributed August 1 through mid September each year. Call to calendar dates for distribution. Blue Skies will provide up to five children per family with a brand new backpack.
Thanks to a generous grant from Bellingham Bay Rotary, we are putting more brand-new shoes on the feet of more children. Thank you, Bellingham Bay Rotary, for hope, self-esteem, joy, and happiness.
Winter Warm-Up Distribution Program (Offered Nov/Dec/Jan)
Formalized in 2010, the Winter Warm-Up Program provides children in need with a new or gently used coat, hat, gloves, scarf, hooded sweatshirt and/or blanket. This program is 100% dependent on donations of new or gently used items. The program is generally available in Fall each year. (Call to set an appointment the last week of October, and an application will be mailed to you).
We are excited to announce that Blue Skies for Children has a new program that supports expenses related to helping foster youth graduate high school and/or enroll in higher education. This program will be dependent on funding availability. This program allows but is not limited to those living in traditional foster homes, group homes, residential treatment centers, kinship care, independent living programs and emergency placement centers. See application for eligible expenses.
Our Driver's Education Scholarship is offered to teens 15 to 17 years of age, who are homeless, low-income or in foster care. It is a competitive scholarship and does require an application, essay, parent/guardian letter of reference, a third party letter of reference, school grades transcript, and access to a car and auto insurance. Typically, the scholarship grants up to $400 toward driver's education and is limited to a certain number of scholarships available each Spring and Fall, as determined by our board of directors. Award is based on both merit and need.
Originally established In memory of 19 year old Josh Fueston, this program supports children in need who love to swim and wish to participate on a swim team, take swim lessons, or need aquatic therapy.
The Evan J. Sobjack Memorial Fund, Legends of Mt. Baker
In memory of Evan J. Sobjack, an avid snowboarder, this fund has been established to support children in need who are interested in learning to snowboard. A Little Wish request for snowboarding may include gear rental, a day pass to Mt. Baker, and/or ski bus fees.