Ruth Dykeman Children's Center Needs Volunteers For Spring Cleanup 4/24-25

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Burien’s Ruth Dykeman Children’s Center is seeking volunteers to help with their spring cleanup on Saturday and Sunday April 24-25th, from 9am to 4pm at their campus on SW 152nd.

This call for volunteers coincides with the ending of “National Volunteer Week” (see other local opportunities here) and while it starts on the same day as Burien’s “Clean Sweep,” one could always head on over after that ends at 1pm for three more hours of cleaning, or set aside some time on Sunday, April 25th to help.

On another note, RDCC is hiring (see specifics here) for a Treatment Support Supervisor, Part Time & Full Time Residential Counselor and a Child & Youth Therapist.

Duties will include raking, planting, pruning, laying bark and reseeding their campus so it is inviting for youth and families that come to their facility.

Here are the details:

WHAT: Ruth Dykeman Children’s Center spring cleanup.

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday April 24-25th, from 9am – 4pm.

WHERE: Ruth Dykeman Children’s Center, located at 1033 SW 152nd Street near Olde Burien • Phone: 206.242.1698.

CONTACT: Email Rachelle Nesta or call (206) 242-1698 x 131 to talk about how you can help.

INFO: From an Ad:

Imagine making a difference in a child’s life, gaining experience in the social services field and having fun while you do it! Right now, Ruth Dykeman Children’s Center is looking for people who want fulfill our mission of Success and Self-sufficiency for Children, Family, and Community.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help with our spring cleanup to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere at Ruth Dykeman Children’s Center.

The spring cleanup will be on April 24th and 25th from 9 AM to 4 PM. We will be raking, planting, pruning, laying bark and reseeding our campus so it is inviting for youth and families that come to our facility.

Bring any supplies you have- gloves, rakes, clippers, shovels, etc.

We will provide breakfast snacks, coffee, water and lunch.

From their website:

For 88 years, Ruth Dykeman Children’s Center (RDCC) has served the needs of the community through its residential, home and community-based services.  Helping children, families, and communities achieve success and self-sufficiency is the primary goal of each of the programs RDCC offers.

In 1921, Judge King Dykeman saw many young women who needed support outside the home but there were no appropriate services for them. To address this problem, he founded Ruth School for Girls, which later became Ruth Dykeman Children’s Center. Originally, the agency was located in Seattle’s Ravenna district but moved to its present eight and a half acre campus on the shore of Lake Burien in 1931. Over the next 60 years, the agency slowly expanded its residential programs to serve boys and girls, ages 6 to seventeen, with serious behavioral, emotional and psychological disturbances. This is the same population being served today in the Behavioral Rehabilitation Services program.

Highline Youth and Family Services merged with RDCC in 1990, combining the strengths of the two community-based organizations and adding an array of prevention, education, intervention and treatment services to children and families in South King County. Today, the RDCC Youth and Family Services (link) branch offers parenting and anger management classes, alcohol and other drug assessment and treatment, individual, family and group counseling and many other mission-focused services. 1995 marked RDCC’s first capital campaign for the Cedar building. This building housed the adolescent girls residential treatment program until 2009 when RDCC transitioned its services to include assessment treatment for children. In 2001, RDCC embarked on another capital campaign, this time for the Madrona house which is home to the children’s program on campus. The Specialized Independent Living Services program began in 2002 to close the gap in services for adolescent girls transitioning out of foster care who do not have the skills necessary to live independently successfully.

More information available at their website.

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One Response to “Ruth Dykeman Children's Center Needs Volunteers For Spring Cleanup 4/24-25”
  1. Kari Binner says:

    A few of the girls from our Girl Scout Troop came to the Center at 10 am on Sunday to help. No one there knew anything about any clean up plans. Was it cancelled perhaps? Re-scheduled?

    Thank you
    Kari Binner (Bethany)
    GS Troop 50419

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