Local non-profit shines a light on students’ mental health with ‘Project Lift Up’

SPOKANE, Wash. — Supporting the vulnerable and shining a light on local heroes. That’s the mission of the local non-profit Light A Lamp.

Members of Light A Lamp are taking on a new project this year to brighten the lives of students struggling with mental health — it’s call ‘Project Lift Up’.

‘Project Lift Up’ is one of many ways Light A Lamp is choosing to be a light for people in the Spokane community.

The non-profit already has a programs for recognizing local heroes, delivering gift packages to assisted living homes and supporting families of children with cleft lip and palate.

Now they’re showing up for another vulnerable group: students in high school.

‘Project Lift Up’ is a program where Light A Lamp connects with school counselors to provide monthly gift packages for students in need.

Each package is filled with goodies like candy, bracelets, pens, pencils and journals.

There are also inspirational and encouraging messages as well as mental health resources inside.

Deliveries have already been made to Mt. Spokane High School, Mead High School, Shadle Park High School, Rogers High School and North Central High School.

Counselors say tangible, physical items are sometimes just what their students need for whatever they may be going through.

Light A Lamp is hoping to expand ‘Project Lift Up’ to Spokane Valley and middle schools in each district.

But they need the community’s help financially to reach these goals.

One way is through a silent auction fundraiser at Barrister Winery on Friday, June 3 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

You can enjoy drinks, live music and a gift basket raffle.

The event will be raising funds for both ‘Project Lift Up’ and Light A Lamp’s program that supports cleft lip and palate families.

The fundraiser is free to attend, but you’re asked to call ahead of time to reserve a table.

For more information on Light A Lamp, see the official website.