The Throwing Starfish Foundation is a 100% volunteer-run nonprofit organization. It was born from the idea that individuals can work together to effect change in their communities. A few years ago, before forming our 501c3, we started a community project for local foster kids. The project was organized to create Sweet Cases, which are duffel bags full of comfort items for children entering foster care. When a child enters foster care he or she normally receives only plastic garbage bags in which to carry their belongings. Our community of friends and neighbors came together, year after year, to create hundreds of Sweet Cases for our local foster kids. The cases included items such as books, a blanket, toothbrush/toothpaste, a hairbrush, coloring books, crayons, water bottles, stuffed animals, and warm gloves. Every year our Sweet Cases project brought in donations of money, items, and time from countless individuals. We were excited by the success of this project, and by our community's willingness to contribute.
Now we have expanded upon our Sweet Cases project and are constantly searching for different ways we can organize our community to help those less fortunate. The Throwing Starfish Foundation is focusing our energies on helping the most vulnerable in our community, and we can't wait to discover all the different ways we can effect change in our community for those in need.
We'd love to have you along for the ride. Reach out, donate, volunteer, or share your ideas for how to make a difference.
(where our name comes from)
One day, an old man was walking along a beach that was littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore by the high tide. As he walked he came upon a young boy who was eagerly throwing the starfish back into the ocean, one by one.
Puzzled, the man looked at the boy and asked what he was doing. Without looking up from his task, the boy simply replied, “I’m saving these starfish, Sir."
The old man chuckled aloud, “Son, there are thousands of starfish and only one of you. What difference can you make?”
The boy picked up a starfish, gently tossed it into the water and turning to the man, said, “I made a difference to that one!”