Christmas Project – Our volunteers work to identify sponsors for foster children and their foster families who need assistance at Christmas.  Since Cap the Gap serves our children here in Carter Johnson and Unicoi Counties, sponsors are helping children right here in our community.  Case Managers for DCS help us select the children who are in need and provide Cap the Gap with the child’s first name and suggested Christmas gifts along with sizes for clothing and shoes.  Several area churches and businesses are instrumental in making this project a reality each year.  This project continues to grow and evolve each year.  If you are interested in helping with this project or sponsoring a child please contact us.

Birthday Card Project – Cap the Gap has a correspondence volunteer who mails a birthday card to children who are currently in foster care from the three counties we serve.  The cards are sent in the child’s birthday month and they usually contain a small gift for the child.  This small reminder to the children that someone remembers them on their birthday can be very encouraging to our children who are separated from their family. Please contact us if you would like to help with the Birthday Card Project.

Closet Project – DCS allows Cap the Gap to maintain a stock pile of needed items in the local office.  Items that a child might need instantly upon leaving their home and family include clothing, shoes, new underwear, toiletries and hygiene items, backpacks and school supplies, snacks, diapers and formula.  Personal Hygiene Kits are kept in the office to help the case manager clean the children up if they come to DCS a little dirty.  It can take time to identify a foster placement for the child and after they have a foster home it can take several days to obtain clothing allotments from DCS.  This project helps bridge the gap and makes the transition to the new home a little easier for our children.  Very often children are given a hand made bag to hold their new items as well as their very own handmade quilt.  When the children arrive at their new home the case manager, through the help of this project, can make sure that the transition is a little easier for the children by providing them with some basic essentials, like a tooth brush and toothpaste.  Having these basic items during this time of transition can provide a sense of security and ownership to the children.  Volunteers are needed to keep the items organized and to keep the closets in the DCS office fully stocked.  If you are interested in assisting with this project through collection of needed items or by organizing donated items please contact us.

Special Needs requests – Cap the Gap also fulfills special requests from foster children to help promote normalcy.  If a child in foster care requires school fees for extra curricular activities or cleats for football, or band fees, or even an instrument, and for some reason the funding cannot be obtained through the state; Cap the Gap will cover the costs for most of these items.  Cap the Gap will cover things that are not typically covered by DCS funding including camp fees, tutoring, extracurricular activities fees or whatever the need may be.  Cap the Gap has a limited budget but community partners have been helpful in assisting with some of the needs of the children.  If you are interested in becoming a community partner for Cap the Gap please contact us.