MEDFORD, Ore. — For decades, the nonprofit Sparrow Clubs has seen burgeoning participation and popularity with their programs in Oregon, making heart-warming pairings between kids in medical need and young students who become their biggest champions. Now the organization is spreading its wings and bringing the same programs to other states.
Sparrow Clubs announced that it had established a new chapter at Boise High School in Idaho on Thursday, sponsored by Black Rock Coffee Bar. A post from Sparrow Clubs showed the students of Boise High welcoming their first Sparrow, Jorge.
"Jorge is 16 and is fighting bone cancer now for the third time. This show of support was just what this courageous teen and his family needed today in the midst of this battle," the organization said.
Meanwhile, Sparrow Clubs has been making inroads in Arizona since 2018. The nonprofit recently received support from Black Rock and the Arizona Diamondbacks to establish more programs in the Phoenix area, and there have been several Arizona Sparrows already.
The Sparrow Clubs programs have become deeply rooted in the Southern Oregon community. Every Sparrow sponsored represents a partnership between a child who might otherwise be considered an outsider, the students of a local school, and community partners looking to make a difference. While the partners commit funds to help pay for a Sparrow's medical bills, the students commit to acts of service as a way of showing their support.
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