Friends of the Children–Southwest Washington


Friends of the Children is launching a new chapter that will pair children facing the greatest obstacles living in Southwest Washington, with a salaried, professional mentor - called a Friend - from as early as age 4 through high school graduation – 12+ years. No matter what. 

Friends—Southwest Washington's clubhouse will be located in central Vancouver and will serve children in Clark County. Friends of the Children—Portland is currently serving nearly 60 youth in 18 schools across Vancouver, Evergreen and Battle Ground school districts. The new chapter is currently selecting children ages 5 and 6 from Evergreen Public Schools. They will continue to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington, The Children's Center and Clark County YMCA to connect youth to programs and services. 

In Clark County, 13 percent of children under age 5 were living in poverty in 2018 and in 2019, there were more than 520 children in foster care, according to the Washington Department of Children, Youth and Families. A recent report showed that 133 Clark County families with children experienced homelessness in 2019. 

For over 26 years, Friends of the Children has empowered thousands of youth and families across the country to overcome those obstacles and change their stories through the unconditional commitment of a consistent, long-term relationship with a caring adult. 


Each child enrolled in the Friends—Southwest Washington program will be paired with a salaried, professional mentor called a Friend. For 12+ years, from kindergarten to high school graduation, Friends work with their youth in schools, at home, and in the community for 3-4 hours each week to build skills like problem-solving, perseverance, and self-management. These skills empower youth to pursue and achieve their goals in school and in life. Simultaneously, leveraging our two-generation approach, Friends will empower parents and caregivers to build their own skills as parents, advocate for themselves and their children, and increase connectedness to community resources that improve family stability.



Prior to being selected as Friends—Southwest Washington's executive director, Allison Pauletto, a Hudson's Bay High School alum who lives in Vancouver with her spouse and two children, was with Friends—Portland for 13 years, most recently serving as the chief development officer. During her time at Friends—Portland, the organization's budget grew from just under $2 million to $6.5 million and led Portland's highest grossing nonprofit fundraiser, "Friend Raiser." She was also instrumental in the creation of the first Ambassador Board and their annual Bowl-a-thon. 

Please note: A full website will launch in summer 2020. Please check back here for updates until then.


Allison Pauletto, Executive Director


Phone: (360) 624-6288