empowering kids to help kids

Sparrow Clubs exist to set the stage for simple, yet heroic, acts of kindness in schools and youth culture by empowering kids to help kids in medical need.

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In 1992, six-month-old Michael Leeland desperately needed a bone marrow transplant. With no way to pay for the procedure, Michael's parents, Jeff and Kristi, didn't know where to turn.

Sparrow Clubs - Dameon

Jeff taught a class where Dameon, a big-hearted kid, was a student. After hearing his teacher's dilemma, Dameon emptied his bank account, offering to donate his entire savings - $60.

A chain reaction of giving followed.
Students and staff raised an incredible

$227,000 over four short weeks.

This ultimately allowed Michael to receive his lifesaving transplant.

Sparrow Clubs Hospital

Four years after Dameon's gift, Sparrow Clubs was born using a simple service model that ignites compassion and empathy in school children across the U.S.


OCF approves Sparrow Clubs grant for program expansion in Portland, OR

The Russell Walbridge Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation has awarded Sparrow Clubs USA a grant of $16,500 to help expand our program in the Greater Portland area! This grant will make it possible to bring our program highlighting compassion, community, and purpose to more students in the Portland area.  Communities will benefit from community service performed by these students as they work to assist families with children in medical need.

The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. We work with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds — more than 1,900 of them — that support the community causes they care about. These funds support the critical work that nonprofits are doing across Oregon. Through these funds, OCF awarded almost $90 million in grants and scholarships in 2015.



Fortis Construction support will help Sparrow Clubs expand in the Portland, OR area!

Fortis Construction has gifted Sparrow Clubs with a $25,000 donation to help expand our efforts in the Portland, OR area. This very generous gift will impact our ability to expand school partnerships and participation in the Portland area, impact youth culture at participating schools during this school year (and beyond), increase financial and emotional support to Portland area families with children in medical need, and increase the service to others in the community performed by Sparrow Clubs students. We are so excited, and grateful for this incredible gift!



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A Sparrow Club involves a group of students or an entire school wanting to make a difference in the lives of others. Come together to serve your community in order to help a Sparrow child! A Sparrow Project begins once a school and a project sponsor are found and matched with a child.

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