Project Lemonade’s vision is to inspire self-esteem in foster youth. In our store, over 15,000 foster youth have had a chance to pick out brand-new, quality clothing that makes them feel good about themselves—all for free. We employ foster youth as paid interns to meet their needs for job training and work opportunities to help close achievement gaps. We also grant WISHes with funds to enhance a foster youth’s education and grow their talents through music, sports and more.
Bottom Line for Portland
COVID-19 has put additional strain on Oregon’s already vulnerable foster youth and families. We responded rapidly by creating a no-contact virtual shopping option and expanding support of our foster youth interns with basic needs and financial assistance. We more than doubled the size of our WISH program to meet evolving needs, including laptops for distance learning. As the needs of foster youth increase, we intend to be a resource they can always count on—your support will make this happen.
“My shopping experience today boosted my self-love. My new clothes are making me feel good about myself. I really needed this.” —Foster youth, age 17
“Project Lemonade is important to me as I am a single foster parent with five foster youth. My girls look forward every year to come and shop at your store. It is a real blessing to me as it helps me provide for their needs on my limited financial resources especially during these uncertain times.” —Foster parent