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an unforgettable day

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TWO LANE COUNTY EVENTS for 2024

JULY 29 (MONDAY) - Wake the World

AUGUST 23 (FRIDAY) - WTW Drivers for  Camp Agape

2024 LANE COUNTY WAKE THE WORLD

an unforgettable day

providing foster children

3 ways to help

becomE A:

sponsor

Become a sponsor to impact the lives of foster children  and foster families from all over Lane County in creating one unforgettable day.

 

Click the button below to inquire about becoming a Sponsor for WTW (It's a charitable donation too ;)

boat driver

becomE A:

It's been frequently said "this is the most anticipated day of the year for these foster children, and it could change your life in the process.  

Click the button below to inquire about becoming

a WTW Boat Driver.(inboard boats only).

volunteer

becomE A:

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From serving meals, fitting life vests, holding boats at the dock, registration, volunteers are needing to pull off this amazing day for these wonderful kids.

 

Click the button below to inquire about becoming

a WTW Volunteer

CAPTURING A LIFE CHANGING EVENT

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In Local News
About WTW

Meet Greg Hodgin, WTW Founder

Greg Hodgin, Wake the World Founder

July 01, 2008

Just in case you've never met Greg, he's the man that followed his heart and began the journey that has become our passion.  Since 2008 he has inspired countless volunteers and encouraged a plethora of young people all over North America. His vision for sharing a love of water-sports with those in children's homes has even become the fulfillment of his own personal prayer.

 

When not working at his painting and equipment rental business, Greg spends his time as an ambassador for kids by working with and encouraging those that would carry on his dream. And with his wife Lois by his side, he continues to dream big for the benefit of others.

What does an Wake the World do for these amazing foster kids?

 

Each Foster Family gets their own boat and boat driver for the entire day. When the kids see this for the first time, "This is our boat all day? Yes, yes it is." Serious joy comes on their face. They get on the boat mid morning, we serve them lunch and dinner (or desert ;). We give them an opportunity to learn how to wakeboard, wake surf, tube, try zip boards, and it goes on. We provide a day of fun doing whatever they want. We want them to give them a day that brings joy, tons of smiles and to let them know they are loved by so many. 

Do you want to be a part of this?

 

See the "3 ways to help" and contact us to let us know. We can't do this without our amazing sponsors, boat drivers and volunteers.

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IN LOCAL NEWS

Aug 01, 2016

Wake the World

2016 Wake The World Lane County

Lane County foster kids spend the day smiling at Wake the World

 

by Justina Coelho

 

FERN RIDGE, Ore. – Boaters hit the water Monday at Fern Ridge Reservoir not just for the nice weather, but also for a good cause.

Wake the World takes local foster families out on the water for a day of fun. It’s a national non-profit, but it’s the first time it has made waves in Lane County.

 

Twenty boats, 18 families and nearly 80 foster kids headed to Fern Ridge Reservoir Monday.

 

For most of them, it was their first boat ride.

 

Foster mom Ayanna Moriguchi says her three boys looked forward to Wake the World all 

summer long.

 

“My youngest one, he jumped in as soon as they said ‘this one.’ He was like, ‘Here I go! I'm ready!’” she said.

 

Moriguchi is one of the many parents keeping the foster program in Lane County afloat.

 

“The fact that so many of the good foster homes are over-filled because there's not enough people opening their hearts and their home to kids is the reason we continue to do it. And sometimes we have really, really hard kids, but they need someone to love them,” Moriguchi said.

 

Wake the World volunteers say the day is more than just learning about water sports. It’s a day to build courage, foster friendships, and just be a kid.

 

“They don't have to think about what's going to happen today. They know they're here to play on the water all day,” Ayanna said.

 

“We just want them to know that there's people out there just love them,” said John Riley, Wake the World coordinator.

 

Organizers say in 2013, Wake the World became the largest, all-volunteer organization of its kind.

Plans are already underway to make the 2017 event bigger and better.

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Where & When

2024: TWO WTW EVENTS

- July 29 (Monday) Wake the World

- August 23 (Friday) - WTW Drivers for Camp Agape

John Riley   (541) 206-3732

Fern Ridge Lake
Richardson Park

25950 Richardson Park Rd, Junction City, OR 97448

LANE COUNTY

WHEN & WHERE
CONTACT US

3 WAYS TO HELP

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