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.


Fortis Construction and the Oregon Community Foundation impact Portland Sparrow Clubs in a big way!

Fortis Construction and the Oregon Community Foundation provided funding for Sparrow Clubs to  help expand our efforts in the Portland, OR area. Their very generous donations impacted our ability to expand school partnerships and participation in the Portland, Oregon metro area during the 2017/2018 school year.  Due to their generous donations, Sparrow Clubs increased the number of Portland Schools by 114% over the previous school year. The number of students involved in the Sparrow Clubs program grew to 19,600.  These students performed a total of 14,571 hours of community service on behalf of their Sparrows, and raised over $83,305 to help families with children in medical need!

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success stories

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upcoming events

8th Annual Swinging With The Stars!

8th Annual Swinging With The Stars! - 10/20/2018 - The Tower Theatre, Bend, OR

The chase is on! Come and see local celebrities and their professional dance partners compete to take home the coveted Mirror Ball, People’s Choice Trophy and the Judges’ Award. Your vote through dollars will help decide who wins!

Each dollar you donate to Sparrow Clubs is considered a vote for your favorite dancing couple! Vote in advance to help your favorite couple be the front runner for the People’s Choice Award and the coveted Mirror Ball trophy… then attend the event to vote again to make sure your favorite couple wins! In addition to our featured couples, we will have special entertainment and exhibition dances from area professional troupes!

All funds raised benefit Central Oregon Sparrow Clubs! Our goal for Swinging with the Stars is to raise over $85,000 to continue our mission of empowering kids to help kids in medical need.

10th Annual Dancing With The Rogue Valley Stars!

10th Annual Dancing With The Rogue Valley Stars! - 11/10/2018 - North Medford High School

Dancing with the Rogue Valley Stars is a local dance competition that exists not only as a fun family friendly event, but also as a significant fundraiser for the Sparrow Clubs program in Southern Oregon! 2018 marks the 10-Year-Annivesary of this popular annual event! This year, eleven local "Stars" will be partnered with experienced dancers and each pair, over the course of 9-10 weeks, will learn a two-minute choreographed routine in one of several ballroom dance styles. On Saturday, November 10, 2018, our Stars and their Partners will compete in front of judges and a live audience for the title. Awards will be given for Judge's Choice (1st, 2nd, 3rd), People's Choice (1st, 2nd, 3rd) and the "Shining Star" award will be presented to the Star who raises the most money for Sparrow Clubs!

Southern Oregon Sparrow Clubs is the primary beneficiary of this fundraising event, with proceeds supporting the work of empowering kids to help other kids in medical need. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be used to promote the art of ballroom dance throughout Southern Oregon communities.

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a few of our sponsors

SunWest BuildersBanner BankSunCadia ResortOnPoint Community Credit UnionDeschutes Brewery
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start a sparrow club

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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